Shakedown? Texas Rep. Joe Barton Loses ArlingtonJune 16th, 2011 9:26 pm National Memo
It might not be a “$20 billion shakedown,” as Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton once called the agreement between the federal government and British Petroleum to set up a compensation fund for oil spill victims, but the latest Texas redistricting map sure has gotten Rep. Joe Barton upset. Barton represents Texas’s 6th district, which currently includes the city of Arlington. But the new redistricting map, passed by the Texas House yesterday, places Arlington in the 33rd district rather than the 6th.
State Rep. Bill Zedler tried to help Barton by introducing an amendment that would give parts of Arlington, including one of Barton’s residences, back to the 6th district. But most members of the Texas House had little sympathy for Barton. Burt Solomons, chairman of the House Redistricting Committee and chief architect of the plan that upset Barton, argues that he should have worked with the redistricting committee if he was truly concerned that his district was being split.
“This is the epitome of Joe Barton … wanting to have just exactly what he wants without really going through the process as all the other congressmen and everyone else in this process really did,” Solomons said.