The New York 22nd Congressional District race remains hotly contested and uncalled, prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to step in and send a team of lawyers to observe the canvassing of challenged ballots in the race.
Pelosi’s team role is supposedly strictly observation, but GOP candidate Claudia Tenney said that Pelosi’s lawyers have become “very aggressive” in attempts to “work on” the contested ballots in an “unfair” way.
Pelosi interferes again
The Democrat party holds the slimmest House majority in history, thanks to the loss of nearly a dozen seats to GOP challengers in November and to former Vice President Joe Biden’s nomination of a number of Democrat representatives to cabinet positions.
Desperate to keep Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) in his seat, Pelosi reportedly has sent lawyers from House Administration to observe the canvassing process, ostensibly to ensure the integrity of the outcome.
Tenny told “Fox & Friends” over the weekend that Pelosi’s lawyers may be interfering in the certification process. Tenny currently holds a tenuous 12-vote lead in the race, which has been tied up in court since election day.
Tenny explained the current situation:
If the judge follows the legal process I think we should prevail. But what’s happening now, it’s so close that Nancy Pelosi, the current House speaker, has sent lawyers who are supposed to be from the House administration and they’re supposed to be in an observing role, not anything more than that, but it looks like they’re getting very aggressive.
“They had asked the court to have cameras and electronic equipment so that they could really work on these ballots in a way that we don’t think it is fair and that we think could prejudice the opening of these new ballots,” explained Tenney.
Pelosi’s plan exposed
Tenney expressed fear that Pelosi intends to do “exactly what she’s trying to do to [Republican] Mariannette Miller-Meeks who was declared the winner in the Iowa 2nd race.”
Miller-Meeks was certified as the winner of that race by the Iowa board of elections, but Pelosi has indicated that she intends to challenge the certification in order to install Democrat challenger Rita Hart in Miller-Meeks place.
“A scary thing could happen, it could look like 1985 all over again where the House Democrats actually went in and seated a Democrat over the winner, the certified winner who was a Republican,” warned Tenny on Saturday.
The recount of New York’s 22nd Congressional district contest is set to begin on Monday, and Tenny expressed hope that “we’ll prevail with all the legal votes [that] are counted.”
Pelosi herself has refused to comment on the situation but did suggest earlier in December that the House could take control of the process in order to declare a winner in the contest.