House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has attracted widespread opposition for promoting a losing Democratic congressional candidate’s ploy to convince the House Administration Committee to overturn state-certified election results.
The plan to subvert the will of voters by unseating GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA) has now been derailed, however. According to Breitbart, Democrat Rita Hart, who lost the race by just six votes, withdrew her challenge on Wednesday.
“Conversations with people I trust”
Hart previously argued that 22 legal ballots were not counted and represented more than enough to reverse her GOP rival’s victory. Rather than taking the case to court in Iowa, however, she petitioned the Democrat-controlled House to intervene on her behalf.
The effort prompted immediate opposition among Republicans, and an increasing number of Democrats have spoken out against what they believe would be a divisive move.
In a statement on Wednesday, Hart announced: “After many conversations with people I trust about the future of this contest, I have made the decision to withdraw my contest before the House Committee on Administration.”
She went on to describe her “mission” in undertaking the longshot bid to overturn the election results involved “ensuring the voices of Iowans who followed the law are not silenced,” adding that she is “saddened that some Iowans’ votes will not count through no fault of their own.”
Nevertheless, Hart claimed that “the reality is that the toxic campaign of political disinformation to attack this constitutional review of the closest congressional contest in 100 years has effectively silenced the voices of Iowans.”
“Democrats will do whatever they can”
Calling the ordeal “a stain on our democracy,” the Democrat shared her desire to witness “a return to decency and civility.”
In addressing her former rival, Hart wished Miller-Meeks “all the best” and vowed to “work together” to avoid similar electoral uncertainties in the future.
While her decision to withdraw the challenge might have disappointed many progressives, it was met with relief by Republicans — including Miller-Meeks.
“I know how extremely difficult it is to lose an election, but for the people to have faith and confidence in the election system and Iowa laws, it was gracious of [Hart] to concede at this time,” the congresswoman said, according to the Des Moines Register.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg took a somewhat less diplomatic stance in his response, expressing pleasure upon hearing that “Rita Hart finally came to her senses and admitted the truth” about the outcome of the race, and vowing not to “let voters forget that Democrats will do whatever they can to subvert democracy if given the opportunity.”