South Carolina just keeps growing and state lawmakers have taken up the issue in their special session. In redistricting the state, the PeeDee area along the coast is the center of debate.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says when considering where to draw the lines, some Grand Strand representatives are fighting to move the sixth district up the coast, freeing up more land for the seventh district.
The purpose is certain politicians want to get elected into Congress up in the seventh district, the new one that’s going to be created up in the PeeDee. And there is a tug-of-war between the inland areas and the coastal areas of that new congressional coastal district. The only way you can draw it and make the coast stronger is to come in here and butcher Charleston–and that’s what’s up.
McConnell says he is going to do everything he can to stop this proposed plan of moving the sixth district up the backside of Charleston.
It’s raw politics is what’s going on. They easily can come in through the North, like the court drew the plan, but they are wrapping around the top of Summerville and coming down. People need to look very closely at that reapportionment plan. It ought to make your blood boil.
After a Monday night public hearing in Columbia, the question posed before the Senate panel–should the Myrtle Beach region get its own member of Congress, or should it continue to be tied to Charleston?