State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on January 18, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Supporters of 7-1 Missouri GOP congressional map to rally Monday in Jefferson City

State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on January 18, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

The Missouri Senate is expected to debate congressional redistricting Monday afternoon in Jefferson City. The Senate gavels in at noon, and Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) tells 939 the Eagle that Senate is scheduled to take the issue up.

Meantime, supporters of a 7-1 GOP Missouri congressional map will rally this morning at 10 at the Statehouse, ahead of the scheduled debate. State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland), the House Majority Caucus chair, supports a 7-1 GOP map.

“It’s high time that we stand up and quit placing nice with the Democrats, and stand up and send another conservative to Washington D.C. to save our country. I mean, our country is at a breaking point,” Walsh says.

Walsh spoke on 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Columbia.” She’s seeking the GOP nomination in west-central Missouri’s fourth congressional district, which includes Columbia.

The 7-1 rally at 10 will begin with a prayer walk, and GOP Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft will be one of the guest speakers.

“In other states, Democrats are re-drawing (congressional) lines on partisan reasons and sending more Democrats to Washington D.C. We are a very red state and I believe that we should do the same, and stand up and send 7-1, one more conservative to Washington,” Walsh says.

Some Republicans oppose a 7-1 map because they worry it will lead to a lawsuit, with the courts potentially re-drawing congressional districts. Democrats also oppose a 7-1 map, saying it’s unfair and would end up in the courts.

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