He can’t, could he?
Will Weatherford would never do it.
But should he?
Why doesn’t Will Weatherford and the rest of the Florida House’s Redistricting Committee just blow up the Senate’s entire damn reapportionment plan?
Today, the House Redistricting Committee will take up the Senate plan meant to correct a map tossed by the Supreme Court earlier this month. The House is expected to rubber-stamp the plan as Weatherford and Senate President Designate Don Gaetz had previously made a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that the House would draw the plan for the House and the Senate would draw the plan for the Senate. Even though the Supreme Court rejected the Senate’s first plan, Gaetz expects Weatherford and Co. to hold up their end of the earlier bargain.
“My understanding with the Speaker Designate is not that he will take bad work, but that he will take good work and that he will defer to the Senate,” Gaetz said.
Maybe it’s time for Weatherford to say, “Look, Don, I was crossing my fingers when I first made that promise.”
Of course, in doing so, Weatherford would all but destroy his relationship with Gaetz and the Senate, so, no, he can’t do it. Weatherford can’t break his promise.
But should he?
Weatherford, Dean Cannon and the rest of the House are probably looking at the Senate’s map and wondering why the senior body can’t get their act together.
If Weatherford can draw some thirty of his members together in the same districts, how come the Senate can only draw four of their incumbents together?
If Weatherford, leading a more conservative, Republican membership can draw a map that better abides by the intent of the ‘Fair Districts’ amendments, why can’t the more moderate Senate do the same?
Weatherford should use Gaetz’ own words about taking “good work” against him. Weatherford should pull Gaetz aside and say, “I’m not sure what your idea of good work is, but conducting a bingo game in a Senate committee to solve the district numbering issue is not ‘good work.’ “
In fact, Gaetz should be pleading with Weatherford to blow up the Senate’s plan for him. Few Senators think their plan is going to get past the Supreme Court during the second-go-around. And if its not signed-off by the Supreme Court this time, the justices get to draw the maps.
Better for the Florida House to draw the maps than the Supreme Court.
After all, they’ve already proven they know what they’re doing on that side of the Capitol.