Two GOP lawmakers say they didn't mean to be on brief against gerrymandering

Two GOP lawmakers say they didn't mean to be on brief against gerrymandering

Two North Carolina Republican lawmakers say their names were mistakenly put on a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to curb partisan gerrymandering.

The offices of House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFreedom Caucus chair: GOP leaders don't have votes to avoid shutdown GOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown House to consider another short-term spending bill MORE (R-N.C.) and Rep. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesAfghanistan moves reignite war authorization debate Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks House approves tax bill, sending sweeping measure to Trump MORE (R-N.C.) denied that the congressmen were involved in the brief, which presses the Supreme Court to combat partisan redistricting for the first time. 

Meadows and Jones had been listed among 36 current and former lawmakers on the brief, which quotes Meadows three times.


Meadows' spokesman Ben Williamson said the congressman's name was "added in error," while Jones' spokeswoman Allison Tucker called the incident a "misunderstanding," according to Bloomberg.

Williamson said Meadows had agreed to review the brief "but never intended to formally sign on."

Both congressmen have been removed from the brief, according to their offices. 

WilmerHale, the law firm that filed the brief, didn't immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

The case, Gill v. Whitford, could change the way election maps are drawn in the future. It is set to be argued before the nation's highest court on Oct. 3.