Fight over re­dis­trict­ing puts Doggett in awk­ward sit­u­a­tion

Austin Demo­crat’s newly drawn district could change again.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - ByTim Ea­ton teaton@states­man.com

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett is look­ing at a po­ten­tially un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tion with his new friends in San An­to­nio.

The on­go­ing re­dis­trict­ing process could pose a co­nun­drum for the long-serv­ing Austin Demo­crat: hav­ing to si­mul­ta­ne­ously make in­roads in San An­to­nio, where his new Con­gres­sional District 35 is an­chored, while some of his trusted friends in Austin are ask­ing the courts to put him back into a Travis County-cen­tered district.

“There is a cer­tain amount of awk­ward­ness there,” said James Hen­son, di­rec­tor of the Texas Pol­i­tics Project at the Univer­sity of Texas.

Doggett, who hand­ily beat op­po­nents in the 2012 pri­mary and gen­eral elec­tions, hasn’t of­f­cially started rep­re­sent­ing his new con­stituents, but eflorts — out­lined in one of a flurry of le­gal briefs ffiled

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