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Terraferma 'genius map drawer' is called to testify again with new RNC docs

RNC docThe steady drip of new revelations continued in the ongoing redistricting trial on Friday as a Republican Party of Florida official was called back to testify about a redistricting meeting at Republican National Committee headquarters with Florida legislators.

Frank Terraferma, a RPOF official, testified via telephone in day nine of the trial over the state's congressional maps. Plaintiffs called him after receiving new documents subpoenaed from the RNC and ordered produced by a Washington, D.C. appellate court on Thursday. 

Terraferma was asked about an email from Jessica Furst Johnson of the RNC staff that announced a Florida leadership meeting for June 15, 2011 -- before the redistricting maps were drawn and the public hearings on the redistricting process had begun. Attendees at the meeting were listed as: Speaker Designate Will Weatherford, Senate President Elect Don Gaetz, Chris Money, Weatherford's chief of staff, Chris Clark, Gaetz's chief of staff, and Frank Terraferma who was identified as "genius map drawer."

The plaintiffs, a coalition of voters led by the League of Women Voters, had obtained the same email during the discovery process, but the source had redacted Terraferma's name and identification. 

Plaintiffs attorney John Devaney asked Terraferma about the meeting at RNC headquaters, and he denied attending or knowing about it. He was asked if he intended to have the maps he drew submitted to the Legislature through private citizens. As he has done previously, Terraferma denied exchanging any maps with private citizens who may have submitted them to the Legislature.

Katie Betta, a spokeswoman for Gaetz, said neither he nor Clark attended the meeting. 

The plaintiffs are alleging that Florida's congressional redistricting maps should be thrown out and redrawn because legislators violated the Fair Districts amendments to the Florida Constitution. They accuse legislators of allowing political operatives to conduct a “shadow” redistricting process with the intent to favor Republican incumbents and candidates in violation of the law.

Lawyers for the GOP-led House and Senate deny the claims and say the evidence showing political consultant interest in redistricting does not equate to proof that lawmakers intended to draw maps that favored incumbents or parties. 

Gaetz and Weatherford, who served as the redistricting chairman for their respective chambers when the maps were drawn, each testified that they were not influenced by the maps drawn by Terraferma and other political operatives. 

The plaintiffs are slowly trying to erode their credibility. On Thursday, they introduced a surprise witness, former FSU student Alex Posada, who testified that a map that was submitted in his name was entered without his consent and the gmail account used to submit it was fraudulently created in his name. 

Meanwhile, Devaney told the court there are additional documents from the RNC which have not yet been disclosed and have been submitted to a judge in Washington, D.C. with a privilege log. The judge is reviewing that this afternoon and he may allow additional documents to be disclosed in the middle of the trial. As a result, Devaney kept Terraferma under subpoena.

 

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ed jenkins

The readers have commented numerous times that they have no interest in this cartography and are tired of seeing repeated articles about this mundane topic. Article writers continue to ignore the requests of readers which has caused massive subscriber losses at this hometown paper in recent decades.

The citizens are tired of courts funded with money confiscated from them being tied up by this small group of cartographers and group that represents only one sex of voters. They recommend that these individuals take these issues up with their local congressman and not tie up limited court time with mundane administrative government procedures.

Can't take anymore

Ed, you are a very mentally disturbed person. Please get help. Soon.

Highly paid Republican operative

ed your check will be sent out Monday from headquarters.

John Jenkins


Ed you are as pathetic as they come. Maybe you can stop copying and pasting the same comment from one story to another. Little fyi, the only ones who do not want this to be looked at are the criminally corrupt individuals in the RPOF and their lapdogs in the state capital. Both those elected and appointed.

harry Houdini

" Genius Map Drawer" is a correct statement. No doubt about it. The rest is speculation!

Fear and Loathing in Hialeah

Mr. Terraferma may be a lot of things but "Genius" is not one of them.

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