From the State House News Service
A bipartisan group of political heavyweights yesterday threw their support behind a proposed ballot initiative that would strip the Legislature of its constitutional power to redraw district lines.
The group, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick, current Republican Party executive director Tim O'Brien, and former governor Michael Dukakis, endorsed a ballot proposal they say would put an end to political gerrymandering and make the process of redrawing 160 House districts and 40 Senate districts more open and fair.
"In a healthy democracy, the voters choose representatives," Patrick said. "In the system we have, the representatives choose the voters. That's upside down."
I happen to be gathering signatures for this, and nothing has been more instantly persuasive to a wavering signer than naming the right endorser. Once you get a sense of who the person is, who they like, there's usually an endorser that will persuade them to sign. So far, I've been sticking with State Reps, but having Patrick, Dukakis, Harshbarger, and Tolman on board doesn't hurt.