Thursday, December 1, 2011

State Senator Anthony Muse Supports Maryland Redistricting Lawsuit // GOP Financiers Backing Legal Effort

Democratic State Senator Anthony Muse of Maryland announced his support for the Fannie Lou Hamer lawsuit against the State's redistricting plan. The Baltimore Sun today reported:
Sen. C. Anthony Muse, who was the only African-American senator to oppose the new map, said he backs the legal challenge mounted by the Fannie Lou Hamer Politiical Action Committee against the redistricting in federal District Court. A three-judge panel of that court has been named to hear the suit, which is also being cheered on by the Maryland Republican Party....

Muse, regarded as a maverick within his caucus, said he would not be personally affected by the map because he does not plan to run for the House. He has left open the possibility of running for a U.S. Senate seat -- most likely the one now held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin.
Though Mr. Muse's motives in supporting the lawsuit are related to trying to stop the dilution of African American and minority votes, Maryland Juice recently pointed out that the lawsuit was being financed by extreme rightwing groups and individuals. The lawsuit's backers include some seriously ideological folks that finance anti-Obama and anti-immigrant activities.

We also previously wrote about Mr. Muse's contemplation of a primary challenge to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, who today announced the endorsement of President Barack Obama. That news prompted an unusual post from the anonymous Real Prince George's County blog, titled "Black Senator from MD? Pres. Obama says NO!" Maryland Juice has been periodically catching articles on that site, but thus far has been unable to figure out who writes the content. Does anyone have a clue?

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