With just a razor-thin majority on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her party’s leaders apparently find it tempting to press forward with an effort to overturn one Iowa election that would give Democrats another seat in the chamber.
A growing number of Democrats, however, are beginning to reject the idea of getting involved in a matter that should be left to the state to decide, with U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH) adding his name to the list of dissenters.
“The American people deserve to know”
As a result, Pelosi is finding support for the cause waning as Democrat Rita Hart, who lost her congressional bid to Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) by just six votes, continues to pursue a perceived path to victory.
Hart recently claimed that an additional 22 valid ballots had not been counted and, if they were, she would be able to claim a win.
The election was certified earlier this year by the state and Miller-Meeks was sworn into office. Hart bypassed state reconciliatory actions, however, and instead went straight to the House Administration Committee with her complaint and a request that it push for a vote to overturn the election results.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who chairs the House Administration Committee, pushed for the course of action, declaring: “The American people deserve to know who actually won this election.”
The idea is not gaining the broader traction that the speaker presumably hoped it would, even in light of the incredible value of adding another Democrat to the 219-211 majority her party currently holds in the House.
“The election result was certified”
Democrats are reportedly concerned enough that they will soon conduct an in-house whip count among the caucus to determine what level of support there is in overturning the Republican’s win, however.
As Pappas and others in the party are indicating, there is no compelling reason to follow that precarious path.
“This election result was certified by the State of Iowa, and Rep. Miller-Meeks was sworn in nearly three months ago,” he said, adding that it is “time to move on.”
Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA) voiced a similar stance during a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee call, saying: “Unless there is rampant error and substantial evidence thereof, I do not believe it is the role of House members to dictate the outcome of elections.”
As of the latest reports available, roughly a half-dozen House Democrats have made it known that they are opposed to the idea, which theoretically sinks any potential chances of a vote to advance it should a resolute ever reach the floor in the first place.