DENVER (CBS4)– A battle over Denver City Council redistricting has council members taking issue that some feel has turned racial.

The debate stems from a newsletter by Councilwoman Debbie Ortega in which she states the redistricting maps should “defend everyone’s right to elect a representative that looks and talks like them.”

“This is a huge step backwards it seems to me to make statements like that,” said Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown.

He believes it’s an embarrassment to the city, “It really just blew my mind when I saw it.”

Brown calls it racial politicking.

“If I would have put this out there would have been a recall movement already started,” said Brown.

Ortega said her remarks on redistricting have been blown out of proportion.

“This is not racial politicking,” said Ortega. “All I intended by that statement is by the end of the day, I have to ensure the map adopted by the city meets federal law. That’s it.”

Ortega admits if she had to do it over, “I probably could have worded it differently.”

Comments (6)
  1. denvervet says:

    Just really bad reorting again………………..there are always “private schools” to send kids to if you don’t like the one they are in.

    1. Jared says:

      This isn’t about schools or even redistricting. Instead, one grouping of people expects to have a different set of rules over everybody else. Thanks, Debbie, for letting us know where you really stand.

  2. Asodeska says:

    Ortega should resign immediately.
    As Brown notes, if a white person what she said, they would be hounded out of office.
    A society that allows double-standards like this to exist will not survive.

  3. Fed up says:

    Sounds like she supports segregation.

  4. Missy says:

    You said exactly what you felt without the PC. Your statement is why Hispanics — by choice — are the most segregated people in America. Who are your financial backers these days, Debbie? Certainly not the poor who came here for a better life.

  5. K says:

    Sounds like Ortega wants to keep the map in the hood so she keeps getting re-elected by her kind only….. wow such a racial comment and now she back pedals. She should resign for speaking the truth, it’s not a good politician to be honest. Her honesty just shows her true colors, no pun intended. She is a racists and obviously doesn’t want to represent anyone that doesn’t look or speak like her…..

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