To call Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ (R-IA) 2020 election victory “razor-thin” wouldn’t be sufficient, as the Iowa Republican candidate secured the win against Democratic opponent Rita Hart by an astonishing six votes, according to the Washington Examiner.
That contest, which was certified in the state of Iowa and affirmed by a bipartisan panel of election officials is now being called into question by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), which in turn is troubling Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), who isn’t convinced that overturning the election is a federal matter.
Correa: Not a federal matter
A House Administration Committee is currently investigating Miller Meeks’ win after a request from Hart, who claims there were 22 ballots legally cast in the election that weren’t counted, which would have given Hart a narrow victory.
A member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Correa said elections are a state matter and questioned whether there’s a sufficient case for the lower chamber to investigate and possibly overturn the election results.
“I want to see what compelling reasons there are for the feds to get involved in this,” Correa said. “I think these are issues that right now are probably best left at the state level.”
Correa’s insistence that the matter should be something handled in state courts is presumably a thorn in Pelosi’s side, as Democrats already hold a slim majority in the House.
The California lawmaker — who sits on the House Judiciary Committee — said he also was curious as to “what motivates Congress to look at something that should be a state issue,” and said he would want to “look at the facts” before making any moves.
Correa isn’t the only member of Congress pushing back on the idea of overturning a certified state election. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) accused Pelosi and Democrats of “trying to steal” the seat, according to the Washington Examiner.
McCarthy recently told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Democrats are angling to “steal” the seat given their slim majority and desperation to pass as much legislation as possible before Republicans have a chance to retake the majority during the 2022 midterm elections.
“[W]hat is really happening here, Sean, you know it. The Democrats have the smallest majority in their history in the last 100 years, only five seats, so every seat they can steal helps them, helps them be able to pass the most socialist things they can,” McCarthy said.
Pelosi slammed the Republican response to the issue and accused the party of continuing similar calls made after the 2020 election when many GOP lawmakers contested the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s victory.
Only time will tell if Pelosi and her colleagues are able to ultimately take away Miller-Meeks’ victory and hand it to her opponent, but should that happen, it will likely open a can of worms that the House speaker will pay for in the near future.