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Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Ione Townsend
813-704-5131
itownsendhcdec@gmail.com

July 16, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH DEMOCRATS BACK IMPEACHMENT OF TRUMP; CALL FOR INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO END GERRYMANDERING

TAMPA, FL, July 16 –​ ​The Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee unanimously voted to support an impeachment inquiry of President Donald J. Trump based on allegations of obstruction of justice documented in the Mueller report.

“The many bad acts of this president demand action be taken,” said Ione Townsend, Chairwoman of the Executive Committee. “Failure to launch an impeachment inquiry would be an abdication of Congress’ constitutional duty to serve as a check on executive authority.”

The Mueller report laid out numerous instances of Trump’s criminally obstructive behavior as he sought to abort the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Townsend said.

The resolution states that Russian interference is an established fact supported by our intelligence agencies, and adds that having failed to halt the Special Counsel’s investigation, Trump now is obstructing efforts by Congressional committees to fulfill their oversight and investigative duties. The White House has refused to turn over requested documents and has ordered staff to ignore subpoenas to testify at committee hearings.

Impeachment is a solemn duty, the document argues, and to ignore that duty would set “a precedent for future administrations which both (Republican and Democratic) parties should strongly oppose.”

In a separate resolution, more than 100 voting members also called for the Florida legislature to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to draw voting districts and end the practice of gerrymandering.

“Gerrymandering has been a powerful negative political tool that disenfranchises voters and allows those elected to draw lines for voting districts thereby choosing their voters,” said Townsend.

The population count is critical in determining how voting districts are drawn and how federal funding is dispersed, she said. Florida voters in 2010 approved a constitutional amendment for “fair districts,” but Republican lawmakers so far have thwarted those efforts.

Gerrymandered districts deny citizens equal representation by favoring one political party over another, Townsend said. The best practice, already approved in 13 states, would be to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to draw the state’s voting districts. Politics should be taken out of the equation.

Voting members approved both actions on July 15 during the General Membership meeting.

The Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee is a local branch of the Florida Democratic Party. The HCDEC actively promotes laws and policies to increase prosperity and improve lives for all Americans.

For more information, please contact Ione Townsend at (813) 704-5121 or itownsendhcdec@gmail.com​.