Democratic leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are now attempting to overturn the election of U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) roughly two months after she was seated in the House of Representatives.
As part of her response, however, Miller-Meeks released a congratulatory letter she received from Pelosi following the election she won against Democratic challenger Rita Hart.
“Especially honored and humbled”
The Iowa Republican shared the image in a tweet noting her service as “a 24-year military veteran.”
Also referenced in the letter was a flag she was given after it was flown over the U.S. Capitol building, asserting that she was “especially honored and humbled” to receive it.
As a 24-year military veteran, I am especially honored and humbled to receive this flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on the day I was sworn in to serve the people of Iowa’s Second Congressional District. #IA02 pic.twitter.com/kyhKgrwgQa
— Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (@RepMMM) March 18, 2021
In acknowledgment of her win in the race to represent Iowa’s 2nd congressional district, Pelosi wrote: “As House Speaker, it is my honor to again extend congratulations to you on your election as a Member of the 117th Congress.”
The California Democrat went on to declare that she looked forward to working with Miller-Meeks “in a Congress that is bipartisan and unifying.”
“She’s also a shameless hypocrite”
After an investigation into the results of the narrowly decided Iowa race, however, Pelosi appears to have shifted her stance. A recount found just six votes separating the two candidates.
Hart is now claiming that 22 votes were not counted in the election, arguing that the margin could swing the entire race in her favor.
Pelosi is also on board with the pursuit of a recount that might add another seat to her party’s slim advantage in the House. The National Republican Congressional Committee, however, made its position clear, calling the effort “disgusting” and denouncing the speaker’s involvement.
“Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to overturn a state-certified election is a disgusting partisan power grab,” NRCC spokesperson Mike Berg said in a statement on Friday. “She’s also a shameless hypocrite.”
While Miller-Meeks has filed a motion to dismiss Hart’s challenge, the vote on that measure was postponed last week. After spending months villainizing former President Donald Trump for allegedly seeking to overturn his loss in November’s election, Pelosi and the Democrats seem poised to follow a similar path in Iowa.