On the second day of a special session, the Legislature postponed dealing with Congressional redistricting until Oct. 17. A map agreed to by the committee last week and approved by the state Senate on Monday would have made it difficult for Matheson to win re-election, though he has won in a tough district since 2000.
But state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis called the proposed new district “hideous” and said Republicans had “gone to new lows” by drawing a map for political gain.
“If they don’t give him a decent map, then he’ll run probably for either governor or Senator,” Dabakis told Roll Call. “He has a very special appeal, and both Democrats and moderate, reasonable Republicans like him because he is so independent. He might do really well if he runs for governor.”