Grant Out of CD10 Race
Democrat cites interim maps as campaign wraps up
By Richard Whittaker,
4:04PM, Wed. Mar. 7, 2012
The gerrymandered congressional maps have just claimed another victim: Travis County Democrat Dan Grant has announced that he will not challenge incumbent Republican Michael McCaul in Congressional District 10.
In a statement released this afternoon, Grant argued that "the 10th District has been redrawn to solidly protect Congressman McCaul" and it's hard to disagree. CD10 (known for years as The Dragon for its tortuous lines connecting Austin and Houston) was initially redrawn by the San Antonio panel to become more heavily anchored in Travis County. However, its re-redrawn lines pull it back into the GOP-friendly suburbs of Houston.
Has Grant ruled out a future run? Seemingly, no. The press release says that he will not run "under new interim maps." Considering that there is still a preclearance trial in DC, with a heavy emphasis on Lloyd Doggett's CD25, the maps could get redrawn again, and the redistricting world could shift yet again.
Here's Grant's statement in full:
In the latest version of Congressional maps the 10th District has been redrawn to solidly protect Congressman McCaul. This latest iteration of CD-10 is the same as in the illegal map drafted by the Republican-controlled state legislature last year whose primary goal was to disenfranchise minority voters, dilute Democratic voting strength, and protect Republican incumbents.
I will continue to do all that I can to support the principles of our campaign: real representation for all Americans, a government that is focused on the people and not on personal politics, and working for the future of our great country. The support that our campaign received shows that all Texans are hungry for these principles, and I’ll continue to work for them.
I cannot thank enough all the people who have made this effort possible: my family, friends, supporters and allies. This rested on their shoulders, and I’m deeply grateful for and humbled by what they've given.