State Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos responded to yesterday’s removal of Amendment 7 from Florida ballots by arguing that the decision indicates the judge should also strike Amendments 5 and 6, the so-called “Fair Districts” amendments. Here’s his statement, via The Miami Herald‘s Naked Politics:
Even with seven months of attempts, the sponsors of amendments 5 and 6 failed to explain the workable application of their amendments or how the amendments would protect minority representation. Judge Shelfer’s inability to understand the process of redistricting after only looking at it for three days is convincing proof that amendments 5 and 6 are fatally flawed.
Amendment 7 was co-authored by Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Gary Siplin and Minority Leader Senator Al Lawson. I personally supported their efforts because I am not willing to stand idly by and allow minority representation to diminish.
I fully expect for Judge Shelfer’s standards to be applied to Amendment 5 and 6 and am certain that if that is done, Amendments 5 and 6 will be removed from the ballot.