Barack Obama is returning to politics to fight gerrymandering

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There is no rest for the weary or Barack Obama.

Barack Obama isn’t wasting any time getting back into politics.

The former president, who left office less than two months ago, is planning to take a more visible role in a Democratic organization called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which aims to help fight back against a gerrymandered map that heavily favors Republican lawmakers.

Eric Holder, Obama’s former attorney general and chair of the NDRC, told reporters on Tuesday that Obama plans to take a larger role in the organization.

“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder said of Obama, according to Politico. “And he’s ready to roll.”

The NDRC’s overall goal is to help Democrats earn back seats in statehouses around the U.S. as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Republicans despite the fact that GOP candidates received a combined total of 49 percent of the vote.

“This is really a battle for our democracy,” Holder said.

Obama will also reportedly work with other organizations, like the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, to further fight gerrymandering in favor of Democratic candidates.


Andrew Couts

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