Iowa Democrat congressional candidate Rita Hart withdrew her challenge to Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) for an Iowa House seat on Wednesday — a humiliating defeat for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was working hard behind the scenes to unseat Miller-Meeks and shore up her Democrat majority.
Hart had sought assistance from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the Committee on House Administration to overturn the Iowa certified election in the Second District.
“After many conversations with people I trust about the future of this contest, I have made the decision to withdraw my contest before the House Committee on Administration,” Hart wrote in a press release.
“Since Election Day, and throughout this entire process, my mission has been about ensuring the voices of Iowans who followed the law are not silenced. I am saddened that some Iowans’ votes will not count through no fault of their own,” she added.
Running to represent the people of #IA02 in the U.S. House of Representatives has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I could not have done it without all of you. Read my statement from today here: pic.twitter.com/ustS72pWsq
— Rita Hart (@RitaHartIA) March 31, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) appeared in Iowa on Wednesday to support Hart at public events.
The news follows reports of multiple Democrats who have chosen to turn against supporting Hart. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) became the ninth and most recent House member to make the announcement.
“The burden of proof in this matter lies with Ms. Hart, and her evidence would need to clear a very high bar to warrant action from the House. … Otherwise, election decisions made at the state and local level should be respected,” Cartwright noted on CNN.
Miller-Meeks offered Iowans a video thank you to celebrate the announcement.
— Dr. Miller-Meeks (@millermeeks) March 31, 2021