A close friend and colleague of former President Barack Obama told reporters that he is “ready to roll” and throw himself back into political life.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told POLITICO on Tuesday that Obama is nearly ready to make a reappearance into public life and get involved in politics again.
Holder and Obama have been discussing ways to help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) through fundraising and working with state legislators. Obama asked Holder to chair the committee last year.
Referring to the much-beloved ex-president during a briefing for the new group, Holder told POLITICO:
“It’s coming. He’s coming. And he’s ready to roll.”
Holder also said that the usual pattern of the party in the White House losing state seats in off-year elections would be much more exaggerated than in previous years:
“I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump.”
The NDRC is looking to offset the party’s disadvantages when it comes to gerrymandering. The group hopes to target state elections in order to push initiatives for nonpartisan redistricting, putting Democrats in stronger positions both in the state legislatures, but in the U.S. House of Representatives as well. POLITICO explains that Republicans won only 49 percent of votes in some 2016 elections, but gained 55 percent of the available seats.
Holder told The New York Times in January that fighting Republican Gerrymandering would be a top priority and ongoing concerns for Barack Obama after leaving office. The former president met with three Democratic leaders before leaving the White House to discuss future efforts to loosen the Republican grip on the congressional map. Holder said:
“He (Barack Obama) thinks, and I think, that this is something that threatens our democracy. We have a system now where the politicians are picking their voters, as opposed to voters making selections about who they want to represent them.”
Holder also said at that time that he thought that former Vice President Joe Biden may be part of the effort, as well.
The former attorney general told reporters on Tuesday that soon, Barack Obama will be “a more visible part of the effort,” according to The Independent.
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