LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Stumbo defended the plan, noting it’s not as partisan as his past proposals or as this one might have been. The plan pits four Democrats and four Republicans in the same districts, compared to 11 Republicans and one Democrat in an earlier proposal.
But he said he hadn’t proposed a less partisan plan in response to pressure from the federal court, instead saying he was inspired by the bi-partisan cooperation last spring in the passage of a state employee pension reform bill.
In passing the bill, he said, Republicans and Democrats in both chambers “rose to the occasion and we rose together.” Kentucky still faces difficult problems and it needs all members of both parties to work together to address those, Stumbo said.
“Lord knows I’ve been guilty of partisan politics,” Stumbo said during his speech as some laughed and called out “No!” in mock disbelief.
“I want you to know from the bottom of my heart this map is not meant to punish any member or any district,” Stumbo said.
The last word, however, appears to rest with those three federal judges.