Republicans will file suit to block the new map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts as soon as Wednesday, officials said. Matt Gorman, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Tuesday state and federal officials “will sue in federal court as soon as tomorrow to prevent the new partisan map from taking effect.” Top Senate Republican lawyer Drew Crompton said Monday a separation of powers case will form the essence of the GOP’s argument, according to The Associated Press. Republicans again will argue the U.S. Constitution gives state legislatures and governors, not courts, the power to draw congressional boundaries, AP reported.
Federal law says a “district court of three judges shall be convened … when an action is filed challenging the constitutionality of the apportionment of congressional districts,” said Penn State law professor Jud Mathews.
Such a lawsuit would appear to be the first time nationwide a court is convened to challenge another court’s construction of a congressional map, he said.