Rep. Maloney on Rumored Appointment of Thomas Brunell to U.S. Census Bureau

Nov 21, 2017
Press Release

In response to reports that the Trump Administration’s top pick for deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau is Thomas Brunell, author of the book Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of the 2020 American Census Investment Act and co-chair of the Congressional Census Caucus, issued the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed that the Administration is considering Thomas Brunell for the position of Deputy Director at the Census Bureau. The Deputy Director should be apolitical and have strong management experience. Mr. Brunell falls far fall short in these areas and has gone so far as to write that ‘Competitive Elections are Bad for America’.  Someone who doesn’t seem to believe in democracy shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the federal agency that is at the heart of our democratic system. The 2020 Census is already in jeopardy and a pick like this will only make things worse.”