House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to overturn election results in one very close race. One Iowa official is not about to let that go.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate sent Pelosi after warning her against unseating of Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Breitbart reported. Miller-Meeks beat her Democratic opponent Rita Hart by six votes but has since endured an attempt to overturn the results in Congress.
#IA02 update: @IowaSOS sends letter to @SpeakerPelosi asking her to respect Iowa’s bipartisan recount process and state-certified election results declaring @RepMMM the winner by a historically close 6-votes that @RitaHartIA is contesting b4 the US House. https://t.co/oS3xXWWRaa pic.twitter.com/f8NwhWiGB6
— Tom Barton (@tjbarton83) March 29, 2021
“Iowans take their voting very seriously and I firmly believe we are the best state in the nation for civic engagement,” Pate wrote in his letter Friday. He went on to point out that a record number of voters turned out in both the primary and general elections and acknowledged that Miller-Meeks’ victory was the “closest U.S. House race in the country.”
However, Pate laid out the case that both the recount and the election were “conducted in a bipartisan manner” with 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans overseeing the election and recount processes. The county recount board was “comprised of one representative from the Miller-Meeks campaign, one representative from the Hart campaign, and a third member who was was agreed upon by the other two representatives or appointed by a district judge” in each of the 24 counties.
Pate said after all of that, Hart’s campaign had formally accepted their results as well. Still, Hart is working with Pelosi to unseat Miller-Meeks. He said Hart decided to “take her challenge to the U.S. House of Representatives where her political party has the power to grant her a seat she did not win” rather than let it play out in Iowa courts.
“Ms. Hart has stated that her reason for failing to give Iowans a voice in this process is that Iowa law does not allow for sufficient time to review her claims,” Pate charged. “That assertion is in stark contrast to the fact that Iowa’s Judicial Branch has always gone above and beyond to issue expeditious rulings in cases concerning election law.”
Pate concluded by informing Pelosi that “Hart is asking you to ‘depart from Iowa law’ and give her an election victory she did not earn.” He urged Pelosi to let Miller-Meeks “continue to do the job Iowans elected her to do.”
It’s not clear what the letter will do since Pelosi is a hypocrite on this matter. She was critical of former President Donald Trump when he refused to accept his loss to President Joe Biden. However, Pelosi has been actively trying to overturn Miller-Meeks’ election and tinkering with House rules to get her ousted, Fox News reported. Pelosi had said “there could be a scenario to that extent” when asked whether it was possible to turn the seat over to Hart.
Miller-Meeks was duly elected by the people of Iowa regardless of how close the results were. Pelosi needs to accept the results and move on — just as she had urged Trump to do.