Updated: Apr 5
Against all sense of fairness, it appears that the first hire by the Independent Redistricting Commission—Brian Schmitt as Executive Director—is a Republican partisan. His resume was high on partisan politics and very low on relevant experience. He misled the Commissioners when he failed to disclose on his application his recent highly paid work for the Republican National Committee and former U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally. His hiring was a first in IRC history for not being elected unanimously, but instead by a 3 to 2 vote, with only the two Republicans and the Independent Chair voting in favor.
This has led to much negative commentary being lodged on the IRC public comment board and in the media.
As a result of the presumed partisan direction of the IRC, the AZ Democratic Party has initiated a call to action for the Democratic public to attend the weekly live-streamed meetings. The ADP also urges the public to comment often in the hopes of 1) Letting the Commission know that citizens are watching and 2) Voicing questions or concerns about the decision making process and the decisions themselves.
The Commission is set to hire two law firms, one from each party, and then a mapping consultant, so there is plenty of opportunity to watch and weigh in on the IRC’s actions.
Attend the CEBV weekly happy hour for the latest updates about the proceedings.
To attend the weekly livestreams and comment, go here: https://irc.az.gov/