“It strikes me as remarkably hypocritical and a dangerous precedent at a time we need to be repairing precedents.”
A Politico article detailed how Democrats have been working behind the scenes to snatch Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat since the Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks won by six votes.
Republicans lashed out at the plan, but so did Democrats—lots of them.
I’ll let the Democrats speak for themselves.
Losing a House election by six votes is painful for Democrats. But overturning it in the House would be even more painful for America. Just because a majority can, does not mean a majority should. https://t.co/pXaOYBIMue
— Rep. Dean Phillips ?? (@RepDeanPhillips) March 22, 2021
From colleague Paul Steinhauser. Dem NH Rep Pappas on Dem probe into IA02 race: "This election result was certified by the State of Iowa and Rep. Miller-Meeks was sworn in nearly three months ago..it’s time to move on."
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 23, 2021
Pennsylvania Rep. Susan Wild: “As I have said before in connection with the 2020 presidential election, legislators should be heeding states’ certifications of their elections. Unless there is rampant error and substantial evidence thereof, I do not believe it is the role of House members to dictate the outcome of elections.”
California Rep. Lou Correa: “This is an issue that states should have primary responsibility in determining the outcome of the election. The state of Iowa certified it, and that’s what should stand.”
Two moderate Democrats provided anonymous statements to The Hill:
“It strikes me as remarkably hypocritical and a dangerous precedent at a time we need to be repairing precedents,” said one moderate Democrat, who requested anonymity to speak on a delicate topic.
A second moderate House Democrat echoed those remarks: “As painful as it was to lose this election by six votes, and although I sympathize with Rita Hart, the state certified these election results. Upending them at this point would only serve to further divide the country.”
The Democrats have not taken a hard stance publically, but a source told Politico the top people in the House Democratic leadership “blessed” the efforts to oust Miller-Meeks.
House Administration Chairwoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) said the members of the panel “are keeping an open mind, nothing is predetermined and that Hart has the burden of proof.”
Interesting because the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) hired top election lawyer Marc Elias. The DCCC is also covering Hart’s legal fees.
Hart insists the election has 22 valid and uncounted ballots that could give her the victory. Her lawyer said, “exhausting the state judicial process isn’t a requirement for challenging the election in the House.”
Hart’s lawyer is correct. However, President Donald Trump and the candidates for NY-22 at least went through the courts.DONATE
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