House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has admitted to reporters multiple times over the last week that even though the votes have been cast, counted, and certified, she and her fellow Democrats aren’t done trying to overturn the results of a close race out of Iowa’s 2nd District.
After a recount, Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner of one of the tightest House races in the country in November 2020 over Democrat Rita Hart. In the weeks since, Hart has done everything in power, including appealing directly to the House, to change the result of the race, which left her six votes short of a win, according to the Associated Press.
Now, Pelosi is making clear that Hart’s attempts to overturn the election in Iowa’s 2nd District will move forward, even though Miller-Meeks has already been seated as a member of Congress.
Counted and recounted
According to the Washington Examiner, Pelosi told reporters last week that the result of a review by the Democrat-led House Administration Committee could conceivably end in Hart taking over the House seat that has been held by Miller-Meeks since January.
“We will see where that takes us, but there could be a scenario to that extent,” the speaker said.
Talking later with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, who noted that “the votes were counted, recounted, [and] certified by the state” of Iowa, Pelosi insisted that this isn’t the first time the House has considered such a move. “Our candidate, Rita Hart, the Democratic candidate, asked for this process to begin,” she said. “What the [Administration] Committee did…was very narrow, to take the process to the next step and see where it goes from there. It’s an election of six votes out of 400,000 votes cast,” Pelosi noted.
“This is not unique…one side or the other saying, ‘Let’s take this to the House.’ Because even Justice [Antonin] Scalia agreed that the House has the authority to seat members and therefore we can count the votes. Six votes out of 400,000,” she reiterated.
Only “if you’re a Democrat”
But Republicans including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) just aren’t buying what Pelosi is selling. In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity last week, McCarthy accused Dems of trying to “steal” Miller-Meeks’ seat from the GOP.
“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,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Indeed, after months of listening to Democrats preach about how wrong then-President Donald Trump was to question the result of the 2020 White House race, Democrats are openly trying to take a congressional seat that a Republican won. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) hit the nail on the head in a tweet published Friday:
Speaker Pelosi says she’s open to unseating Republican Congresswoman Miller-Meeks.
Translation: You’re only allowed to object to an election if you’re a Democrat. https://t.co/TOOgIvEroL
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 12, 2021