Head Republican Nativists, Elton Gallegly and Brian Bilbray, Set To Lose Seats in California Redistricting

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I found this heartening gem as I continue to spend too much time consuming a cacophony of media. It looks like pro-migrant demographic changes are going to force some important nativists out of Congress.  If you don't know who Elton Gallegly is, you're not alone.  I'm not even sure I know how to pronounce his name, correctly, yet.   

House Majority Leader John Boehner unexpectedly appointed the lesser-known Gallegly, over the more notorious Iowan nativist, Steve King, as Chair of the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration. Gallegly has been less vocal than King but his policies are no less horrific.

Now, according to Aaron Blake of the Washington Post, it looks as if Elton Gallegly, along with another notorious Californian Republican nativist, Brian Bilbray, are going to be losing their seats in the redistricting battle following the 2010 Census. Brian Bilbray, for those who don't know, is on the board of the nativist hate group, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
A new redistricting proposal in California would draw nearly half the state's congressional incumbents into districts with one another and significantly expand Democrats' ability to win seats in the Golden State in 2012 and beyond.

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Republican Reps. Elton Gallegly, David Dreier, Gary Miller and Brian Bilbray all get the short end of the stick in the new map and could have difficulty returning to Congress.< br />
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There really isn't a good option for Gallegly. He's drawn into Rep. Buck McKeon's (R) district with no nearby and vacant Republican district to which to switch. If he runs, it's likely in an open and Democratic-leaning Ventura County district to the south. But that's a tough campaign, and Gallegly has been close to retirement in recent years. Many expect him to call it quits if he is dealt such a hand.
Aaron Blake - Washington Post (10 June 2011)

California provides a strong warning to people who campaign on nativists platforms. California has become largely Democratic after pro-migrant voters were pushed that way by anti-migrant Republican policies that were proposed in the 90s, the most famous being Prop 187.

It's only fitting that demographics push some of the last hard-core nativists in California out of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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