Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California political junkies are all atwitter about an article on the website ProPublica about a clandestine campaign by Democratic apparatchiks to influence the state’s redistricting commission congressional map-drawing.

Republicans are crying foul, while Democrats say it’s pure fiction.

Republican state chairman Tom Del Beccaro claims that the article “systematically lays out the Democrats’ manipulation of what should have been an open and transparent process. It also demonstrated exactly how the redistricting maps were corrupted by partisan activists working in cooperation with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

” But his Democratic counterpart, John Burton, insists, “The article charging California Democrats with manipulating California’s Redistricting Commission is pure fantasy,” adding, “Sadly, ProPublica chose to recycle talking points from the Republican-funded Rose Institute without checking with the Democratic Party.

“Both party leaders are blowing smoke.The article offers too much documentation to be “pure fantasy.”

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