Politics
5:14 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Redistricting plan drawing critics

PROVIDENCE, RI – The two Republicans hoping to run against Congressman David Cicilline are sharply criticizing a plan for redrawing Rhode Island's congressional lines. Cicilline's Democratic colleague, Congressman Jim Langevin, also opposes the plan.

A state consultant's proposal would move Smithfield, North Smithfield, and Burrillville from Cicilline's district and put them into Langevin's. Republicans Brendan Doherty and John Loughlin say that's a blatant move to help Cicilline. Langevin calls the concept of shifting more than 120-thousand voters across district lines excessive.

It seems that Congressman Cicilline and his team are looking for a major shift in the district lines, and I think that that's unnecessary," says Langevin. "We want minimal disruption, and I hope that's what will be achieved."

Cicilline spokeswoman Nicole Kayner says the congressman welcomes the possibility of having more Democratic voters in his district. The General Assembly will get the last word on redistricting plans after it starts a new session in January.

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