‘Independent' Michigan Redistricting Commissioner Actually a Bernie Bro
Added 08-31-21 04:20:04pm EST - “A Bernie Sanders-backing 29-year-old won a coveted position to redraw Michigan's political districts as part of a self-described "independent" bloc of redistricting commissioners that could redefine the state's electoral landscape…” - Freebeacon.com
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A Bernie Sanders-backing 29-year-old won a coveted position to redraw Michigan's political districts as part of a self-described "independent" bloc of redistricting commissioners that could redefine the state's electoral landscape for the next decade.
Medical student Anthony Eid applied to serve on the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission as an independent in May 2020, stating that he does not "affiliate with either the Republican or Democratic Party." A Washington Free Beacon review of his social media presence, however, shows that Eid has long supported members of the Democratic Party's liberal wing.
Eid now holds a crucial vote on the 13-member commission, which consists of four Democrats, four Republicans, and five independents. In order to enact a proposed map, at least seven members—including two Democrats, two Republicans, and two independents—must vote for it. The boundaries will stay in place until the next census in 2030.
Eid acknowledged in May that commission applicants were asked to "self-identify" their partisan affiliation. He also said he did "not think anyone who was selected misrepresented themselves." While Eid's application states he supports "candidates in each party … for different reasons," he has not publicly backed a Republican candidate for office. He did, however, write he was "proud to live in a state that voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary" in 2016.
Months later, the "independent" endorsed then-Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison (D.)—who Sanders also backed—for Democratic National Committee chair. Eid went on to repeatedly promote Sanders-supported candidates, including Abdul El-Sayed, who ran to the left of Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer in a failed 2018 primary campaign.
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