Blue on blue: The coming intraparty battles over reapportionment

Typically, it’s the more junior members — the ones without deep political connections or clout — who get thrown under the bus during redistricting…

The most cutthroat action is likely to unfold in New York and Ohio, both of which will lose two seats. In New York, the state Legislature might look to merge the districts of two Republicans in the upstate region and two Democrats in the New York City area in order to shrink the delegation to size.

“You probably have one Democrat and one Republican killed,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a longtime Democratic strategist in the state, speculating that Rep. Carolyn McCarthy would be thrown into the same district as fellow Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman and that GOP Rep.-elect Ann Marie Buerkle would see her district joined with that of another Republican…

“It’s the ultimate game of political survival that pits brother against brother and sister against sister,” said Paxon. “It’s one of the few things that I don’t miss about politics.”