Saturday October 14, 2017
Gerrymandering has been in the news a great deal recently. The end of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's career shines a light on one more example of the negative aspects of this practice. According to "Downfall follows political betrayal" (Reading Eagle, Oct. 7), Murphy "had been in the state Senate representing suburban Pittsburgh when the party carved up the shrinking population of western Pennsylvania into new congressional districts, creating a Republican-friendly district tailored to Murphy." That is the essence of gerrymandering. Murphy went on to win every two years since, even running unopposed the last two elections.
Gerrymandering kills competition. This man was re-elected unopposed not because he was worthy, apparently, but because he was in a "rotten borough," essentially. No one cared about his abuse and harassment of staff. No one called foul until his hypocrisy about abortion came to light. The conservative host of a popular radio show in Pittsburgh said on his show "that stories about Murphy's affairs and treatment of staff had been around a long time and were 'old hat.' " Apparently, the hypocrisy about abortion was just a bridge too far for the Republican Party in Pittsburgh.
Gerrymandering is bad for our form of government and needs to be stopped.
Story shows downside of gerrymandering