For a guy who doesn't vote, Larry Bartels sure knows how to get
himself in a political tangle. True, he never intended to thrust
himself into the contentious debate over racial fairness in public
office. And he certainly didn't plan to put himself at the center of
the first major redistricting case of the decade.
Three decades ago, as a young man in his early 30s, John H. Chichester
left Virginia's Democratic Party because he thought it had become too
friendly to big government. Fifteen years ago, at the mid-point of the
Reagan years in Washington, he ran for lieutenant governor as a Reagan
supporter and spokesman for his party's conservative wing.
Judy Martz, soon to become Montana's first woman governor, likes to
wear a turtle pin on her blouse. It's a symbol, she says, of her
motto: "Behold the turtle. He only goes forward when his neck's stuck
out." But as Martz might now be the first to tell you, sometimes not
sticking your neck out gets you further.