After denouncing former President Donald Trump for voicing concerns about the results of November’s election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others in her party are now working to potentially overturn the outcome of a congressional race in Iowa.
A growing number of Democrats, however, are coming forward to voice their opposition to the effort to unseat Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), who was seated in the House after her narrow victory was confirmed by state officials earlier this year.
“Would need to carry a very high bar”
Democratic candidate Rita Hart lost to Miller-Meeks by just six votes and pleaded her case to the House Administration Committee in hopes of counting a batch of ballots she believes would secure her victory.
The latest House Democrat to speak out against the proposal is Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), who made his position clear during a recent interview.
“The burden of proof in this matter lies with Ms. Hart, and her evidence would need to carry a very high bar to warrant action from the House,’ he said. “Otherwise, election decisions made at the state and local level should be respected.”
According to media counts, 11 Democrats in the House — including two who criticized the effort anonymously — have joined in opposition to the plan.
Preceding Cartwright were Democratic Reps. Lou Correa (DA), Josh Gotteinmer (NJ), Dan Kildee (MI), Chris Pappas (NH), Dean Phillips (MN), David Price (NC), Elissa Slotkin (MI), and Susan Wild (PA).
“It strikes me as remarkably hypocritical”
One of those who spoke out anonymously asserted: “It strikes me as remarkably hypocritical and a dangerous precedent at a time we need to be repairing precedents.”
The other expressed sympathy for Hart over her razor-thin loss but insisted that overturning a state-certified election “at this point would only serve to further divide the country.”
With the number of defectors rising, Pelosi and her allies on Capitol Hill could see the perilous gambit completely undermined — especially since her party has only a slim governing majority in Congress.
While the committee might recommend that Miller-Meeks be unseated in favor of Hart, the real issue would arise when the matter is eventually put to the entire House for a vote by all members. Given the eight-seat majority Pelosi has in the chamber, she can only afford to lose a handful of votes.
Since nine House Democrats have spoken out on the record and another two have expressed anonymous opposition, the odds seem good that the effort is dead in the water — much to the chagrin of Pelosi and other Democratic leaders in search of even more political power.