Some black leaders are starting to take serious issue with Sen. Mike Haridopolos and, to a lesser degree, Rep. Dean Cannon, for saying that they want to protect minority voting rights by proposing a new redistricting constitutional amendment. The proposal is another effort by the Republican lawmakers to block a Democratic/liberal constitutional amendment by the group FairDistricts that would make it more difficult for legislators to draw political districts for partisan gain.
For months, The Fair Districts proposal has spooked Haridopolos, who has held numerous committee hearings to discuss all of its shortfalls. Inevitably, Haridopolos suggests that some minority-majority seats will be threatened.
Leon Russell, past president of the Florida NAACP, took issue
"Contrary to the repeated claim made by you and other members of the Legislature who are involved in the redistricting process that you seek to increase minority voting rights, it seems that you actually intend to do the opposite," Russell wrote in a letter to Haridopolos and Cannon. He said their proposed amendment was a "sham."