Paper backs away from redistricting claim

Jan. 26, 2005 at 2:42 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday backed away from an earlier claim that two Republican U.S. House members were pushing for new congressional lines.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., one of the two identified by the newspaper as having proposed new congressional districts maps for the now-Republican led Georgia General Assembly, said he is not an "intense" advocate for redrawing the lines as was reported Tuesday.

Gingrey said he loved all of the 15 counties in his district and every voter in those counties and is happy with the existing lines.

Altering the districts, he said, is no concern of his. "That's Sonny's call -- and the Georgia Legislature's," Gingrey said, referring to GOP Gov. Sonny Perdue. Gingrey added he will only weigh in on a new map when -- and if -- he is presented with one.

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