Fedor Statement on Order for Redistricting Commission to Attend Contempt of Court Hearing
February 24, 2022
Yesterday, the members of the Redistricting Commission filed responses to the Court’s order to show cause why they shouldn’t be held in contempt. Speaker Cupp and President Huffman filed jointly, as did Auditor Faber and Secretary LaRose, and Senator Sykes and Leader Russo. Governor DeWine filed solely. The Democratic commissioners detailed their efforts to produce constitutional maps and the lack of cooperation by their Republican colleagues. Some Republican commissioners reasoned they should not be held in contempt as they were not individually ordered to pass maps, but rather the Redistricting Commission as an entity was.
“Our courts send people to jail every day for disregarding court orders. It is time for the Republican commissioners to be held to some sort of public accountability," Fedor said. "Democrats have complied time and time again, drawing constitutional maps. However, the Republican commissioners have shown that they are not willing to abide by our constitution or the will of voters. This is a direct attack on our democracy. I urge the Republican commissioners to listen to the courts. No one should be above the law.”