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Chellie Pingree Bemoans Maine Redistricting Plans

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Rep. Chellie Pingree accused Republicans of being mean by backing a plan to move her home into the same district as her Democratic colleague, Rep. Mike Michaud.

Thats just downright mean, Pingree said in a phone interview. 

Its not uncommon for Congressional mapmakers to move Members into the same district during redistricting if it would help their party. Members do not have to live in the House districts in which they serve.

But the battle over Maines two House seats reached a new pitch this summer, when Republicans proposed swapping 350,000 people between the two districts including areas such as Pingrees homestead. State lawmakers will take up competing Democratic and Republican maps later this month in a special session. 

Pingree hails from North Haven, an island where her family owned a bed-and-breakfast for years. But she also owns a home in Portland, which is the population center of the 1st district. She plans to run for re-election in the 1st district, but that doesnt mean shes happy about the possibility her North Haven home could get shifted into the 2nd.

I own a business, I have grandchildren, and Ive lived there for most of my life. Im supposed to move on the whim of a partisan gerrymander? Pingree said.

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