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Tags: 2020 Elections | iowa | house | nancy pelosi | election | overturn

House Democrat Rejects Pelosi Push to Overturn Iowa Election

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Rep. Dean Phillips speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on The Biden Administration's Priorities for U.S. Foreign Policy on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 March 2021 01:30 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is facing pushback within her own party for pressing to overturn the Iowa second congressional district seat won by Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks — just weeks after Pelosi derided Republicans for undertaking similiar efforts for former President Donald Trump.

Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., tweeted Monday:

"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."

Pelosi and other House Democrats seek to overturn Rep. Miller-Meeks' win by calling for the House Administration Committee to investigate her victory over Democrat Rita Hart.

Hart is arguing 22 ballots were improperly discarded that, if counted correctly, would give her a 9-vote victory, the Washington Examiner reported.

"We're glad Rep. Phillips took our advice and came out against Nancy Pelosi's toxic attempt to overturn a state-certified election," National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg told the Examiner. "Rep. Phillips's vulnerable colleagues should follow his lead."

Pelosi has permitted Rep. Miller-Meeks to be "provisionally" seated pending review of the election under the Federal Contested Elections Act, according to the Examiner.

Republicans note Hart did not pose her vote challenges in the court system, suggesting the House route is a purely partisan move to have the election decided in a forum where Pelosi wields great power over fellow Democrats.

This move would be highly scrutinized after the Democrats' opposition to Trump's myriad 2020 presidential election challenges, which did actually seek remedies in court and at the state level before several senators and congressmen took up the objections.

"I want to see what compelling reasons there are for the feds to get involved in this," Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif., told CNN. "I think these are issues that, right now, are probably best left at the state level."

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., also sides with letting the state handle the election results, "unless we see compelling evidence that there's something seriously wrong, then we should defer to state and local officials," according to the Examiner.

House Democrats hold a slight majority and the House Administration Committee Democrats contend they are merely following the law in contesting the election.

"In Iowa's second congressional district, with the margins as razor thin as they are, it should not be surprising that any candidate in these circumstances would choose to exercise their rights under the law to contest the results," a committee spokesman wrote in a statement to the Examiner. "Scores of candidates — Democrats and Republicans alike — have made the same choice over our history with races that were nowhere near as close

"The Constitutional provision and federal law that provides a fair and structured process for hearing election contests exist for just this purpose."

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is facing pushback within her own party for pressing to overturn the Iowa second congressional district seat won by Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks - just weeks after Pelosi derided Republicans...
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2021-30-23
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