Thought this was amusing. By now, you've heard about how proposed legislative redistricting, prompted by the 2010 Census, would move legislative districts from Pittsburgh to the east? The courts have tossed out a Republican-crafted redistricting map already ... but for a brief period today, state Democrats moved one of our legislators, state Rep. Dom Costa, from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia.
In a press release headlined, "Costa disappointed with Marcellus plan," the House Democratic Communications Office told us of Costa's concerns about HB 1950, a measure highly favorable to the gas-drilling industry. (More about which anon, we hope.) Here's how the release began:
HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Phila., said he voted against a plan that fails to adequately address the issues that face the Marcellus Shale drilling industry.
C'mon, Harrisburg: "D-Phila"? It hurts that you're seeking to take away some of our legislative districts. And it's even worse that you've passed a bill stripping local municipalities of the right to regulate many aspects of drilling. As Costa says, HB 1950 "takes away local government officials' power to regulate what is right for municipalities." But don't try to take away the local government officials themselves!
Members of the Costa family are one of Western Pennsylvania's most important natural resources! (And unlike natural gas, they are renewable!) Hell, Costas are one of the few things we still manufacture around here.
Happily, this crisis in representation appears to have been averted: A short time ago, the House Democratic press office sent out a corrected version of the release:
State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny., said he voted against a plan that fails to adequately address the issues that face the Marcellus Shale drilling industry.
That's more like it. It may be true, as Costa says in his release, that "Many of the jobs in [the gas-drilling] industry are filled with workers from out of state." But once we start exporting Costas, all is lost.
Now if we can just figure out what is happening to House Districts 22 and 45 ...