Eric Holder: Obama Is “Ready To Roll”
Politico: Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.
Holder said he’s been talking to the former president about ways — including fundraising and interacting with state legislators — that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair last year.
“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder said, speaking to reporters at a briefing for the new group. “And he’s ready to roll.”
Throughout, Holder said, Obama “will be a more visible part of the effort.”
Holder also predicted that the usual pattern of the party in the White House losing state legislative seats in off-year elections would hold next year, but “I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump.”
The NDRC is looking to be an intensified central force for Democrats to tackle their disadvantage in gerrymandering. The mission is to direct resources into winning targeted state elections, push ballot initiatives for nonpartisan district-drawing commissions and wage legal challenges to existing maps. The hope is that this would put Democrats in a stronger position in state houses, but also in the U.S. House of Representatives, if districts are drawn that more accurately represent the distribution of the popular vote, citing statistics that showed Republicans winning 49 percent of the vote in those elections but getting 55 percent of the seats in the 2016 elections. Keep reading
Excerpted From The Hill: Former President Barack Obama is getting for a public return to politics, says his onetime attorney general, Eric Holder.
“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder told told reporters Tuesday, according to Politico, while discussing the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), which Obama asked him to chair last year.
“And he’s ready to roll. [Obama] will be a more visible part of the effort,” Holder added.
Holder said he had discussed Obama fundraising for the NDRC and interacting with state lawmakers on the group’s behalf.
The former attorney general also predicted Republicans would lose state legislative seats in 2018’s midterm elections since they control the White House.
“I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump,” he said before criticizing Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general.
Holder also said the Department of Justice’s decision Monday not to challenge a controversial voting ID law in Texas is “disheartening.”
“It would be good to have the Justice Department on our side,” Holder said of the DOJ’s tenure under Sessions so far. “It doesn’t mean the argument can’t be made, and can’t be made well.”
“This is really a battle for our democracy,” he added. “The notion that people are denied their ability to cast a meaningful vote … is inconsistent with who we say we are, inconsistent with what we say our democracy is about.” Keep reading