Florida’s two-week redistricting trial began Monday with Marc Reichelderfer, GOP political consultant and lobbyist as the first witness called to the stand.
He acknowledged that on December 2010, Republican lawyers and operatives met after passage of the Fair Districts amendments to see how they could be involved in the process.
Under questioning from plaintiff's lawyer David King, Reichelderfer denied that he was trying to skirt the new law.
"I wanted a seat at the table and still comply with Amendment Five and Six,'' he said under oath.
Court documents show that Reichelderfer had been given a copy of the redistricting maps proposed by the Legislature even before they became public. He testified to his companies, particularly his consulting company, Landmarc Strategies, and how he was a long time consultant to former House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Orlando as well as Sen. John Legg, R-New Port Richey.
Reichelderfer was asked by King if he wanted the redistricting process to favor Republicans?
“My desire through the redistricting process would be, yes sir,’’ he said.
Reichelderfer acknowledged that he was close to Alex Kelly, the staff director of the House Redistricting Committee, as each had worked for the Florida Republican Party.