They apparently can't get their story straight. While some of them are saying they were trying to comply with the VRA by stacking black voters into certain districts, others are saying race wasn't even mentioned:
— will huntsberry (@willhuntsberry) June 5, 2013
So, which one is it? Were they paying attention to skin color, or ignoring it? Apparently for some lawmakers, it was both:
Watt said on the witness stand that Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, told him before the maps were initially passed in July 2011 that Republican leaders "had told him that they were going to ramp the 12th Congressional District up to over 50 percent black." Watt said Rucho told him GOP leaders "had given him the task of going out and selling this to the black community as being in their interest."
During a court recess, Rucho said the statement Watt attributed to him about the 12th District "was totally untrue." Watt also said he believed Rucho mischaracterized publicly his view on the proposed 12th District.
Typical. When you get backed into a corner because of your sneaky shenanigans, start hollering "Liar!" to anyone who will listen.