A New York judge delivered some bad news to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last week when he opted to certify a win by Republican candidate Claudia Tenney over Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi.
Although Pelosi may move to contest the ruling, Washington Examiner writer Quin Hillyer says that doing so will open her up to charges of “massive hypocrisy.”
Tenney won New York’s 22nd district by a mere 109 vote margin of victory, and as Hillyer acknowledged in his piece on Friday, “The balloting, especially the mail-in part of it, was handled with stunning incompetence.”
“Votes were lost and then found; officials used sticky notes to mark contested ballots only to have the notes fall off; and county elections boards and a trial judge had to wade through numerous other irregularities,” he added.
Yet he noted how aside from “one brief period of just hours, Tenney led in every updated vote count, although, at one time, her lead was down to single digits.”
Hillyer also pointed to the “exhaustive and painstaking” review conducted by State Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte over the past 12 weeks.
Thus, he argued that “Tenney should be able to retake her seat in the House of Representatives and hold it for the next two years without further challenge.” Still, there are signs that may not happen.
Loser calls for recount
Brindisi reacted to the news by tweeting, “I am shocked and surprised by this decision because of the countless errors and discrepancies that have occurred throughout this initial count. I believe a full audit and hand recount is the only way to resolve this race.”
According to Hillyer, Pelosi “would be reopening two of the biggest cans of worms” if she jumps on board with any such move, with both tied to attorney Mark Elias, the “longtime Democratic election-law specialist” who is representing her preferred candidate.
This is a problem since Elias “was the Hillary Clinton campaign official” who “hired the research firm Fusion GPS to produce what became the bogus anti-Trump “Steele dossier” that “thoroughly corrupted part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
Further, Elias is suggesting that voting machines produced by Dominion Voting Systems “erred in tabulating the votes,” which is strange given how Elias “led the Democrats’ fight in all contested states to combat Trump’s claim that the presidential race was stolen.”
Hillyer believes that given these facts, Pelosi has to accept Tenney’s victory if she “has the slightest bit of integrity.” Whether she does or not remains to be seen.