Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, R-Hixson, said today that Republicans’ efforts in redistricting was fair and legal.
“We always said, if we had fair and legal districts, we could run competitively,” Watson said.
He also the redistricting helped clean up gerrymandering — the drawing of district lines to favor one party over another — by Democrats.
Watson made his comments at the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club, speaking for about 40 minutes.
His speech primarily focused on the state Senate and House drawing up new districts, which Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to sign.
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Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...