Democrat Congressman Breaks With Pelosi’s Attempt to Overturn Iowa House Race Results
Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meek won a squeaker of an election. She defeated Iowa Democrat Rita Hart by just six votes. The election was certified by the state of Iowa, with bipartisan support, so that’s that, right? Not exactly.
Hart is claiming she really won and is asking Democrats in the House to overturn the election and grant her the seat she lost during the election – and the Democrat-controlled Administration Committee is considering doing exactly that. If they did rule that Rita Hart should have won, then the vote would go to the Democrat-controlled House. Nancy Pelosi has adamantly defended this review.
However, even if the Administration Committee rules in favor of Hart, there is no guarantee she can win a majority of Democratic votes on the House floor. In fact, this tweet is a bad sign for Democrats on that front:
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
Phillips may be the latest “moderate” Democrat to express concern about overturning the will of the voters in Iowa, but he’s not the only one. Other Democrats have also expressed reservations about this.
“I want to see what compelling reasons there are for the feds to get involved in this,” California Democratic Rep. Lou Correa told CNN last week. “I think these are issues that, right now, are probably best left at the state level.”
Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan told the Wall Street Journal that “unless we see compelling evidence that there’s something seriously wrong, then we should defer to state and local officials.”
Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) told Fox News on Sunday that there’s “not the slightest chance” Democrats would overturn the result in Iowa.
Democrats would be happy to steal an election from Republicans, but they’d only be gaining a single House seat for a year and a half. Would that be worth the bad optics? Especially after all the controversy over the 2020 election? Probably not for “moderate” Democrats who’d fear it being used against them in 2022. If the Democrats want to get rid of Mariannette Miller-Meek, they’re probably going to need to beat her at the ballot box.
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