Moderate House Democrats oppose Pelosi-backed effort to overturn Iowa congressional race

Despite Democratic howls of outrage at former President Donald Trump’s challenges of state-certified election results following the 2020 elections, House Democrats are now attempting to overturn and reverse the certified results of a congressional race in Iowa.

Unfortunately for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), this glaringly hypocritical about-face on the sanctity of certified election results isn’t sitting well with some rank-and-file House Democrats, a handful of whom have bravely registered their disapproval of the partisan gambit, Fox News reported.

“Painful for America”

The most recent House Democrat to break ranks with Pelosi is moderate Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN).

On Monday, Phillips explained his opposition to overturning the certified results of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, in which Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) defeated Democratic challenger Rita Hart by a mere six votes.

“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,” Phillips tweeted.

The congressman’s missive was attached to a retweet of a report from Politico‘s Playbook about how the “top echelons of House Democratic leadership” have “blessed” the effort being undertaken by the Democrat-led House Administration Committee to investigate and potentially overturn the result of the Iowa race, ousting Miller-Meeks and replacing her with Hart.

The report further indicated that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was covering the legal fees of the effort and that Hart was being represented by top Democrat-aligned attorney Marc Elias, who had strenuously and effectively argued against Trump’s legal attempts to overturn the certified presidential race results in several states.

Other House Democrats speak out

Politico also noted that a number of moderate House Democrats were unsupportive of the effort, in part due to the obvious hypocrisy in light of the concerted opposition to Trump’s similar efforts, but also out of concern that doing so would almost certainly result in a reprisal whenever Republicans regained control of the House.

The Hill reported similarly that a number of moderate Democrats, most of whom have remained anonymous thus far, were quietly urging House Democratic leaders to reconsider the attempt to reverse the results of the Iowa race.

“It strikes me as remarkably hypocritical and a dangerous precedent at a time we need to be repairing precedents,” one unnamed Democrat told The Hill. Another Democratic member said, “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.”

Republicans haven’t been sitting idly by while all of this unfolds, and in addition to directly calling out Pelosi’s hypocritical attempt to “steal” the Iowa seat, they have highlighted the growing Democratic dissent to the leadership-approved theft.

Mike Berg, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), said in a statement, “We’re glad Rep. Phillips took our advice and came out against Nancy Pelosi’s toxic attempt to overturn a state-certified election. Rep. Phillips’ vulnerable colleagues should follow his lead.”

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