NEW YORK STATE -- As the year moves toward a new, untested political calendar, national Democrats are grumbling over the final result of New York's redistricting process.
After the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled Assembly failed to come to an agreement to redraw seats for the House of Representatives, the process was thrown to a special master, Magistrate Roann Mann. She drew lines largely praised by good-government groups, but potentially hurt freshman Congresswoman Kathy Hochul and longtime incumbent Louise Slaughter. It's a potential stumbling block for Governor Andrew Cuomo who observers believe is in line to run for president four years from now. But while Cuomo in Utica acknowledged the criticism, he also shrugged it off.
“You know, when you draw a line in the sand, some people are on one side or the other. We just went through a process called redistricting where they drew a lot of lines on a map. Some people are happy, some people are unhappy. That's what happens when you draw lines. But the law says you have to draw lines,” Cuomo said.
“But what about those in your own party?” our reporter asked.
“Some people in my party are unhappy, some people are in my party. Some people in the other party are unhappy, some people in the other party are happy. It means it probably worked out fine,” Cuomo replied.
Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, were upset that New York allowed vulnerable incumbents, especially women, to face tougher challenges in 2012. National Republicans, meanwhile, hope they can hold on to their gains made in 2010 and even expand by four seats.