Civil rights group needs more time (and $$) to challenge Congressional map
"Lawsuits are expensive," said Radamase Cabrera, a spokesman for the FLH-PAC. "We don't have the quarter of a million dollars necessary" to win in court. Cabrera set a new deadline of Nov. 1 to file the suit. "Right now the complications are in terms of cash and resources," he said. Cabrera noted he's seeking funding from Maryland's Republican Party.
Cabrera also said that "as a back up strategy" he's interested in petitioning the map to referendum. The Sun reported yesterday that Del. Neal Parrott, who had success earlier this year halting the in-state tuition law via petitions, is considering mounting a similar effort on the Congressional maps.
The map already faces one legal challenge brought Thursday by a Washington County resident who attended each of the 12 redistricting hearings held across the state. He alleges that the map illegally splits like communities.