Sometimes in life what goes around comes around and this is certainly the case with the blatantly partisan redistricting maps that New York Democrats designed.
It all began when the New York Democrats and Gov. Kathy Hochul subverted the will of the people who had voted not once, but twice, in 2014 and again in 2021, to have redistricting done by an independent commission.
The Albany Democratic machine figured out ways to make sure the commission failed and then drew heavily partisan maps with the sole goal of pushing as many Republicans as possible out of office. It didn’t matter how many communities they disenfranchised or how many district maps were shaped like pretzels.
The Albany machine could have adopted the independent commission’s Democratic leaning maps, but instead drew heavily partisan gerrymandered maps. Against all odds, Republicans took them to court. The maps were ruled unconstitutional. They thought they could get away with this power grab but this time they were stopped.
The court appointed a well-respected special master to draw new maps which seem to be described as balanced and create competitiveness. This has caused chaos on the Democratic side. Part of the problem is that once again New York is losing a congressional seat due to voters fleeing South to states with lower taxes and less regulations.