As Weiner goes, so does NY's 9th District?
June 16th, 2011
01:21 PM ET
11 years ago

As Weiner goes, so does NY's 9th District?

(CNN) - As embattled New York Rep. Anthony Weiner resigns Thursday, questions about the future of the 9th Congressional District of New York hang in the balance.

The 9th District, which includes Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, has been Weiner's home district for the past seven terms-roughly thirteen years. Brooklyn was the staging ground for his resignation announcement Thursday. But after Weiner has left the House chamber for good, someone is elected to fill his seat for the remainder of his seventh-term, and 2012 elections approach, will the district still exist?

The 2010 U.S. Census revealed a population shift for the state of New York. In response to that shift, the state will undergo redistricting with a loss of two seats in the House of Representatives.

Typically, leadership in the state will draw new district lines in favor of the governing party, or to deal a blow to the opposing party. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will approve the redistricting effort in New York.

Weiner, who was re-elected with 61 percent of the vote in 2010, has been the beneficiary of a district that remained solidly Democratic. And as a result, it may be on the chopping block, since its loss is unlikely to significantly affect Democrats or provide a boost to Republicans.

Sources told CNN in early June that the expected redistricting effort in New York will deliver the loss of a Republican seat upstate and a Democratic seat downstate. With the escalation of Weiner's sexting scandal and his resignation, the 9th District will remain in limbo until a new congressman is elected through a special election called by the governor. But after that, it may fade altogether.

CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ChumBucket

    You guys on the left amuse me.

    Tell me again, how Wieners resignation is the Republicans fault.


    June 16, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Captain Awesome

    Don't worry, Mr. Weiner. I'm sure you can get your own show on CNN or MSNBC.

    June 16, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Ferret out the B.S.

    When Representative Weiner decided to sport his weiner over the airwaves he crossed a line both moral and ethical. While I'm a staunch Democrat, I applaud his decision to leave his seat. I strongly urge him to seek counseling and perhaps serve in another capacity when he overcomes his problem. America can not have Representatives or Senators that are unethical and immoral whether they represent Republicans, Democrats, or Independents. Right now we need the best of the best to get our country back from the brink of disaster.

    June 16, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "As usual we're here to talk about jobs, about protecting Medicare and protecting the middle class. If you're here to ask a question about Congressman Weiner, I won't be answering any."

    -Nancy Pelosi, TODAY at her press conference

    What did CNN, Faux Noise and MSNBC do the minute she said that? Immediately cut away from the coverage of her press conference. DISGUSTING. THE "NEWS" MEDIA DOESN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT JOBS, THE MIDDLE-CLASS OR MEDICARE. They want you distracted: they're giant, very rich corporations themselves, you know.

    June 16, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    That's gonna be kinda tricky to do. That area is some of the most densely populated in the nation.
    News you can't use: More people live within 25 miles of Times Square (1/3 of which is water) than the whole entire state of Illinois, including the City of Chicago. Like I said, densely populated.

    June 16, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Mikey

    Pehaps much of that territory can be added to Peter McCarthy's, I mean Peter King's, district and we can get rid of him and his un-American committees on un-American activities. McCarthyism part 2 is worse than the original, because we have had the advantage of hindsight. But some people, like King and Ann Coulter, who wrote an endorsement on a McCarthy apologist book, seem incapable of learning such lessons. Perhaps their small-mindness makes that impossible.

    June 16, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. gregory brown

    i think he resigned because the district may not exist anymore period also democrats have lost a well versed leader those who opppose him did so becuase he was a hillary clinton supporter and he really wasnt sweating obama if he was they wouldnt have thrown him under the bus i can assure you he will get his revenge especially on democrats and this administration

    June 16, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Redistricting Brooklyn and Queens ! ! !

    How many millions of voters are disenfanchised in Brooklyn and Queens by this move?

    June 16, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |