A federal court was "speaking out of both sides of its mouth" in its recent Alabama congressional redistricting rulings, according to U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville).
A special master appointed by a panel of three federal judges released three congressional map proposals on Monday that would pit two incumbents against each other and could result in two Democrats being elected to Congress from Alabama in congressional districts 2 and 7 in 2024.
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Aderholt lamented that the federal court had said not to use race to draw district lines but then used a special master to draw district lines according to race.
"As I have said previously, the ruling seemed to be a case where the Court was speaking out of both sides of its mouth. They have said you can't use race to draw district lines, but then said you must use race to draw district lines. Regardless, this seems to be the reality we are facing," Aderholt said in a statement.
"While I'm sorry that Etowah and Lawrence counties are not technically in the 4th congressional district, my door is always open to the people of both counties," he continued. "I welcome Blount County back into the Fourth District and welcome the western portion of Lauderdale as a new part of the Fourth Congressional District."
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