GOP redistricting group names executive director

Adam Kincaid, a veteran Republican operative who helped his party coordinate redistricting efforts after 2010, will serve as the executive director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust, the GOP’s data and legal hub for the next round of redistricting.

The NRRT launched last year with plans to raise $35 million by 2020 and fight Democratic-drawn maps in court and help defend Republican-drawn maps in litigation. Kincaid will also serve as the executive director of Fair Lines America, an affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that has already gotten involved in campaigns against redistricting ballot measures in several states.

“Adam Kincaid is the single best choice to lead the Republican Party’s 2020 redistricting effort,” NRRT senior adviser Guy Harrison said in a statement. “Adam is a chief authority on redistricting within our party, and he has the experience and expertise to meet the Democrat litigation juggernaut head-on.”

Kincaid was the NRCC’s redistricting coordinator at the beginning of the decade and also worked on the GOP House committee’s political and data desks before becoming the RNC’s special projects director in 2013, where he worked on a variety of political data assignments.

Redistricting has become a hotter, more closely watched political topic since the last national re-map. But Kincaid said the biggest thing that has changed for his party since last time was the recent death of Thomas Hofeller, a longtime Republican redistricting guru who passed away in August at the age of 75.

“He had 40 years of experience in redistricting by 2010,” Kincaid said. “Losing that experience is a big blow to us as a party and something we have to cope with.”

The NRRT, which just launched a new website, is already gearing up for years of legal battles with its Democratic counterpart, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is also serving as a financial hub for efforts to win political races that will affect the next round of redistricting, including gubernatorial and state legislative campaigns.

As a legal trust, the Republican group will not be participating in political races. But its affiliated nonprofit Fair Lines America has helped groups fighting against efforts to form independent redistricting commissions in several states, including Michigan, where Fair Lines gave $50,000 to a group opposing a redistricting ballot measure. (As a nonprofit group, Fair Lines can raise and spend unlimited sums but does not have to disclose its donors.)

Kincaid stressed that the NRRT’s role will be to gather and disseminate relevant data, fight cases in court and serve as a resource for Republican map-drawers in different states.

“We want to be a hub, not a control center,” Kincaid said. “We want people to have best practices and data to do their jobs, and not try to control the process.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/11/national-republican-redistricting-trust-executive-director-776565