Fight over redistricting puts Doggett in awkward situation
Austin Democrat’s newly drawn district could change again.
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