Former Obama administration Attorney General and Obama friend Eric Holder says that the former president is getting close to reemerging from his hiatus from politics.
Speaking to reporters, Holder said that he has been speaking with his friend about ways that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee which Obama asked Holder to chair this year.
“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder said at a briefing for the new group. “And he’s ready to roll. He will be a more visible part of the effort.”
Holder added that he had discussed with Obama fundraising for NDRC and interacting with state lawmakers on group’s behalf.
Obama’s former Attorney General also predicted that Republicans would lose state legislative seats in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. “I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump,” Holder said.
The NDRC is taking on gerrymandering, which has been a major reason that the Democratic Party has lost so many seats in recent years. The group’s mission is to direct resources into targeted state elections in order to turn red seats into blue ones in the upcoming elections. It also is seeking to push ballot initiatives for nonpartisan district-drawing commissions and mount legal challenges to existing maps.
The goal is to put Democrats both in state and federal seats in a stronger position by creating districts that are more accurately representative of the distribution of the popular vote. The group cites statistics that show that while Republicans obtained only 49 percent of the vote in state and federal elections in 2016, they won 55 percent of the seats.
Holder also turned his attention to the Trump’s newly sworn in attorney general, Jeff Sessions. He said that the Department of Justice’s decision on Monday to refrain from challenging a controversial voter ID law in Texas is “disheartening,” noting that the work that needs to be done in the courts in order to assure a fair and robust election system has gotten more difficult with Sessions’ at the held in the DOJ.
“It would be good to have the Justice Department on our side,” Holder said. “It doesn’t mean the argument can’t be made, and can’t be made well.”
“This is really a battle for our democracy,” he continued. “The notion that people are denied their ability to cast a meaningful vote … is inconsistent with who we say we are, inconsistent with what we say our democracy is about.”