Looks like it’s time for the Morning Call to boot up its biannual Incumbent Protection Program. Yes, it’s Colby again:
Dent, who lives in Allentown, came under fire by some Democrats who said he should have fought harder to keep the Lehigh Valley intact. Dent said his preference was always that, but the final decision was not his to make.
“Redistricting is a contentious process, it always has been, always will be,” Dent said Tuesday.
Despite losing a chunk of the county, if he wins re-election next year, Dent said he’ll still work in Congress on behalf of all Northampton residents.
The new map strengthens Republican incumbents, including Dent, by making their districts less competitive. Many Democrats have strongly decried the new maps for that reason. State Democratic Party chairman Jim Burn said the maps were a “disgrace,” and that Republicans were “trying to rig the system.”
Which Democrats said Dent should have fought harder to keep the district intact? Any specific ones? Wouldn’t it have been appropriate to get a quote from Dent’s Democratic opponent Jackson Eaton, who just held a press conference on this yesterday? That’s certainly more relevant to this story than what Jim Burn thinks. How can the Morning Call allow Dent to present his side of the story in a most favorable light without balancing it against a quote from his Democratic opponent?