Cohen: Redistricting Removes Jewish Voters from 9th District

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says a congressional redistricting plan being considered this week by the Tennessee legislature would remove all of the major Jewish institutions and much of the Jewish vote from the 9th District, reports the Commercial Appeal.
Cohen, the first Jewish congressman elected from Tennessee, said the plan draws an “appendage” west from the proposed 8th Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Stephen Fincher, up the Poplar Corridor as far west as The Links at Galloway Golf Course.
Detailed copies of the congressional district maps have not been released publicly despite plans to introduce and pass them this week.
“Nearly every Jewish person in my district would be taken out because the Jewish people in Memphis all live out east,” Cohen said. “There’s a handful in Downtown and Midtown.”
Politically, Cohen said, he wants those voters in his district because he has represented their interests in the state senate and in Congress for 20 years.
“There’s a commonality of interests from social issues as well as foreign policy where there’s been a connection over the years,” he said.
John Ryder, chairman of the Republican National Committee’s redistricting committee and a Memphis lawyer advising the state legislative leadership, said that to the best of his knowledge, “nobody took into account the location of any religious institutions.”

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