Gerrymandering Georgia for Jack Kingston to get Moody AFB

Jack Kingston told Gretchen last week in Tifton that he was heading to Atlanta the next day to try to retain Moody Air Force Base in his district. Looks like he may get that, by chopping just the Moody area out of Lowndes County, and splitting the Pine Grove precinct.

Walter C. Jones wrote for the Rome News-Tribune yesterday, Revised congressional map passes House committee

The House redistricting committee voted along party lines Wednesday to approve a revised congressional map with multiple changes from the one made public Monday.

The changes restore Valdosta’s Moody Air Force Base to Republican Jack Kingston’s district and about 16,000 people in Effingham County to Democrat John Barrow’s to keep the two equal in population.

Yeah, they restore it all right. Here’s before and after:



Hard to see? Look at the detail map on the right here. This latest proposed gerrymander gives Kingston Clinch and Echols Counties just so Jack can send a green tongue out from Echols to lap up Moody with as little of the rest of Lowndes as possible.

It gets better. Look at the Lowndes County precinct maps:

It looks like that tongue includes the Naylor precinct, but chops a chunk out of the Pine Grove Precinct just to get Moody.

Hard to see? Try this detail map, on which I’ve drawn a green line approximating the shape of the green tongue on the new proposed district map:

It looks like Jack’s green tongue runs up Studstill Road and Bemiss-Knights Academy Road to get to Bemiss, then follows Cat Creek Road to New Bethel Road, which it follows to the Lanier County line. It doesn’t include any of Lanier, Berrien, or Cook Counties: just enough of Lowndes County and its Pine Grove Precinct to get Moody AFB.

According to Orlando Montoya in GPB News 16 August 2011 Kingston’s motivation is:

US Congressman Jack Kingston is closely watching the once-a-decade redistricting turf war in the state capital.

The Savannah Republican wants to keep his Valdosta constituency.

Valdosta is home to Moody Air Force Base.

Kingston also represents Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield and the King Bay Naval Submarine Base.

The ten-term Congressman says, the military installations represent a community of interest that should be kept together.

Right. By dividing up the community of interest of Lowndes County, and dividing up the community of interest of Pine Grove Precinct. And separating Clinch and Echols counties from their nearest metro area. Thanks, Jack.

And what does Austin Scott get in exchange? Telfair County. If Telfair people don’t like being a pawn in Scott and Kingston’s game, maybe they should contact their legislators, too.

Either way I won’t be in Jack’s district anymore; like the rest of Lowndes County, I’ll be in GA-08, currently held by Austin Scott. But this is ridiculous gerrymandering, maybe even worse than chopping up Lowndes County into four Georgia House districts like the legislature just did.

If any of this doesn’t seem right to you, here is contact information for your state elected officials plus Kingston:

Georgia Rep. Ellis Black [R] District 174 Georgia Rep. Amy Carter [R] District 175 Georgia Rep. Jason Shaw [R] District 176 Georgia Senator Tim Golden [R] District 8

Also, why do we have to go to a Rome, GA newspaper to find this stuff? Where’s the VDT when we need it?


5 thoughts on “Gerrymandering Georgia for Jack Kingston to get Moody AFB

  1. Gretchen Quarterman

    That’s because the VDT is in love with Congressman Kingston.
    “Losing Kingston would be a blow to this area and hurt the relationships that have taken so long to form. Given that it’s a thinly disguised political ploy to gerrymander a north Georgia district, the new map also represents the type of gamesmanship that Kingston is known for personally avoiding.”
    Well Valdosta, Jack doesn’t love you, he only loves the base.

  2. Jim Parker

    Question from the audience: VDT, you’ve recently stated, “Why do you have to take the one politician that actually works for us?” After having to clean up my monitor because I spewed my beer when reading that, is the VDT admitting that Johnny Isaakson, Saxby Chambliss, Nathan Deal, Tim Golden, Amy Cox, Ellis Black, and Jason Shaw don’t work for us? Sure sounded like it to me.

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