Patriotic Millionaires Release Statement on North Carolina Gerrymandering

Wednesday, March 01


March 1, 2017

Contact: Sam Quigley


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It’s time for North Carolina’s leaders to make a change and let the people choose their politicians, not the other way around


Charlotte, NC – Coming from all across the state, concerned citizens are converging this morning on the North Carolina General Assembly for a Citizen’s Lobby Day to End Gerrymandering. The political process in North Carolina has been crippled by district lines that unnaturally break apart towns and communities and lead politicians to cater to the most extreme partisan edges of the political debate. A democracy is only as strong as the bond between the people and their representatives, and in North Carolina, gerrymandering continues to damage this bond. Two members of the Patriotic Millionaires, Christy Wallace and Patriotic Millionaires Chair Morris Pearl, released statements this morning speaking out against gerrymandering and in support of political reform.


“I was born in Camp Lejeune and grew up in various parts of the state. I love North Carolina, but I hate gerrymandering. It puts politicians’ own interests — mainly job security — ahead of the people’s interests. My dad, a career Marine and Pearl Harbor survivor, always told me that voters pick politicians. Now politicians pick their voters, and it stinks. My husband’s grandfather was Vice President under Franklin Roosevelt, and he always said that government should serve the “common man,” not corporations and the wealthy. Districts should be drawn by nonpartisan panel or computer. Democracy should serve the people, not entrenched politicians and their corporate buddies,” said Patriotic Millionaire Christy Wallace, Treasurer and board member of Wallace Global Fund and retired diplomat.


“Gerrymandering leaves millions of North Carolinians without any real representation. By drawing unfair district lines, the ability of voters to influence the government is greatly diminished. There is no reason one party should have a huge political majority when the number of votes was split nearly evenly between the two parties. This not only undemocratic, it is un-American. It’s time for North Carolina’s leaders to make a change and let the people choose their politicians, not the other way around,” said Morris Pearl, Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and former managing director at BlackRock.


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