Analysis: Bryant’s foray into redistricting could affect his gubernatorial bid

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant’s hands-on approach to redistricting may have shown he can be vulnerable in the 2011 governor’s race.

Bryant, who’s the Senate’s presiding officer, attempted an end-run around Republican Sen. Terry Burton of Newton, the man Bryant himself had put in charge of drawing the Senate’s new legislative district lines. The maps are needed to reflect population shifts based on the 2010 Census.

Bryant said Burton’s map was unfair to some Republican districts, particularly one around Hattiesburg. Bryant contended that district should have gone Republican, not Democratic, as he said Burton proposed.