Republicans are hammering Democrats for what they say is hypocrisy in their efforts to challenge Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meekss (R-Iowa) victory over Democrat Rita Hart in the states 2nd Congressional District.
GOP figures from strategist Karl RoveKarl Christian RoveJuan Williams: Trump’s jealous rants can’t hide his failuresTrump attacks Karl Rove: ‘A pompous fool with bad advice’The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief billMORE to House GOP Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyA number of Republican lawmakers are saying no to COVID-19 vaccinesForget Trump’s behavior let’s focus on the GOP and America’s futureBiden on precipice of first big winMORE (Wyo.), as well as the top Republicans in the House and Senate, voiced their support for Miller-Meeks, arguing that Democrats were unjustified trying to overturn the results after a recount.
Democrats, on the other hand, say they are confident that Harts request for the House to investigate the results of the election will be handled properly by the House Administration Committee.
“What I want them to do, and what I hope they will do, is find the accurate results and make their decision based upon that Republican or Democrat,” House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer14 Republicans vote against resolution condemning Myanmar military coupMcCarthy in combative exchange with CNN’s Raju on electionEx-DC police chief: Sen. Johnson comments ‘racist’MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday on a press call.
Iowas State Canvassing Board officially certified Miller-Meekss victory in November, with 196,964 votes for the Republican congresswoman and 196,958 votes for Hart. The election was the closest federal race in 2020. Miller-Meeks was sworn into office in January.
Instead of going through the states court system, Hart requested that the Democratic-controlled House Administration committee investigate 22 ballots she claims were not correctly counted, and that there are enough votes to overturn the election.
Last week, the committees chair, Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenJayapal asks for ethics investigation into Boebert, Gosar, BrooksHouse committee to consider Democrat challenge to results in Iowa congressional raceDemocratic lawmaker releases social media report on GOP members who voted to overturn electionMORE (D-Calif.), postponed a motion from Miller-Meeks to dismiss Harts election challenge. Miller-Meeks and Hart have until March 29 to submit written responses to the committee.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOuter Capitol fence to come down this weekendPelosi says top Democrats won’t back measure to expel GreeneThe Hill’s 12:30 Report Presented by Facebook CDC updates guidelines for studentsMORE (D-Calif.) has not ruled out the scenario of removing Miller-Meeks from Congress, saying it will depend on the committees findings.
“We’ll see where that takes us,” she told reporters last week. “But there could be a scenario to that extent, yes.”
But those comments and the efforts from Hart to challenge the election have Republicans up in arms, claiming Democrats are working to subvert the will of the districts voters.
Additionally, Republicans claim Democrats are acting hypocritically after they dismissed former President TrumpDonald TrumpIllinois House passes resolution condemning state rep. for ‘standing with insurrectionists’Florida Democrats call for election redo after former state senator allegedly tampered with raceBiden and Harris discuss voting rights with Stacey Abrams in AtlantaMOREs efforts to challenge the 2020 presidential election results.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMcCarthy had COVID-19 last yearDemocrats make low-tax states an offer they should refuse House rejects GOP resolution to boot Swalwell from Intel panelMORE (R-Calif.) has joined McConnell in accusing Democrats of attempting to steal a seat that he says the Republicans fairly won. Noting that Hart took her challenge directly to Congress not the courts he proposed a theory why: “Because that’s where she thinks she can get the outcome that she desires.”
Hart defended her decision to bypass the states court system in December, saying there were errors and inconsistencies in how the ballots were reviewed by the districts counties. The Democrat said that the House process would the time it takes to make sure that every vote that was cast has an opportunity to be counted.
But others warn that Democratic challenges to the race could come back to haunt the party the next time there is a contested election when Republicans control the House.
Be careful what you wish for because it sets a precedent, said Timothy Hagel, an American politics professor at the University of Iowa. Its sort of a short-term gain versus what happens in the long term.
Thats the question that a lot of Democrats either on that House panel or generally if it does come to a vote, that theyre going to have to address, he added.
In Iowa, the states Republican Party has also seized on the efforts to challenge the results. The party blasted out a fundraising email titled The Pelosi Steal on Thursday.
This does not pass the smell test for, I would say, every county in this district, with the exception of many Johnson County, Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann told The Hill.
The development comes as Democrats hold a narrow 219-211 majority in the House after losing a number of seats, including former Iowa Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerChamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden’s winIowa losses underscore Democrats’ struggles with attracting rural votersHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this yearMOREs (D) in 2020. Republicans have since turned their attention to Rep. Cindy AxneCindy AxneDemocrats urge IRS to help unemployment recipients use tax breakDemocrats close in on deal to provide tax relief for unemployment recipientsPolice disarm pipe bomb at Iowa polling siteMORE (D-Iowa), who will likely face an uphill reelection bid in 2022, and could face a vote on the issue if it goes to the House.
Axne is the only Democrat serving in Iowas congressional delegation.
If Cindy Axne really believed this was wrong as shes going to have us believe, she would be challenging this on behalf of her state, Kaufmann said.
Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstHouse passes bill to renew Violence Against Women ActSenate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon sessionRepublicans demand arms embargo on Iran after militia strikes in IraqMORE (R-Iowa) told CNN this week that Harts challenge to the election results puts Axne in jeopardy.
Axnes office referred The Hill to a statement from the congresswoman from December, in which she said Hart has Constitutional and legal grounds to pursue that goal at the federal level.
No Iowan should ever be told again that their vote wont potentially make the difference in the outcome of an election, she said.
But Democrats in Iowa and Washington insist the challenge has nothing to do with the party makeup of the House, but rather following the Democratic process.
Im not going to speculate about political blowback because this is not about political strategy, Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Wilburn said. Twenty-two Iowans cast legally cast ballots and they deserve to be counted.
Hoyer rejected the idea that Democrats were attempting to steal a seat because they needed the extra cushion to pass their legislative agenda.
“Frankly, we’re doing okay as Democrats. You look at this quarter, it’s not as if, because it’s a close majority, we’ve had trouble getting the bills through that we think are important. So this is not about control of the House or control of, frankly, the agenda,” Hoyer said. “This is about — and I want — and I’ve told [Rep.] Zoe Lofgren this, and I think this is what [Rep.] Zoe Lofgren wants — whatever the honest, truthful, correct answer is to who won that election.
Mike Lillis contributed.