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Schwarzenegger vs. Michigan GOP: 'Try Harder Next Time, and Don't Mislead'


July 02, 2018, 9:36 PM by  Alan Stamm

Pick the right facts before picking a public fight. If that's not a state Republican Party social media guideline, it should be.

One of its social media producers got sloppy Monday afternoon and downloaded an old map of irregularly shaped congressional districts in Los Angeles County. It's tweeted in an effort to deride pushes in Michigan and elsewhere to redraw districts as a way to combat gerrymandering (politically manipulated boundaries).

The party tweet below reacts to an endorsement of Michigan redistricting advocates earlier in the day by Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Republican governor of California (2003-11). 

The poke from party headquaters in Lansing tags the ex-governor, a Crain's Detroit Business reporter who tweeted about his endorsement and the Voters Not Politicians group that gathered enough voter signatures for a November referendum in Michigan. 

That first tag backfires in less than 50 minutes:

The actor-turned-politician also pokes Michigan Republicans on Facebook: "Parties will do everything to maintain the status quo of gerrymandering. Except use Google, apparently."

Turns out the map posted by a party functionary is from a 2011 proposal -- before an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission was established.

It remains on Twitter a day later with more than fuve dozen comments, but no response to Schwarzenegger and other critics in an entertaining pile-on:


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