House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was just accused by Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) — who was finally declared the winner of a highly contested House race this week — of blocking Tenny’s active-duty marine son from attending her swearing-in ceremony.
Tenny’s narrow win of New York’s 22nd Congressional district took 94 days to be sorted out after election day. Despite Democrats’ best efforts, she was certified the winner of the race and set to be sworn in on Thursday.
Tenny explained that she had requested that her son — whom she said she raised as a single parent — be allowed to attend the ceremony, but Pelosi wouldn’t allow him to enter the House.
“I just would have loved to have my son with me. I raised him as a single parent,” Tenney told on “Fox & Friends” Friday. “We’ve been with each other, nothing greater day than his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, it was such an honor and now he is serving our country.”
The newly-minted Congresswoman continued: “We’ve asked repeatedly, can I just have my son in the gallery,” adding that she didn’t request him to be on the House floor. “There was no reason indicated.”
Tenney said there was “no discussion” of COVID-19 in the denial of her request. “It was nice of him to take time out of his busy job serving our country to come and support me as I got sworn into the House,” Tenney said, adding the refusal to allow his physical presence at the ceremony was “very disappointing and we got no real answers as to why this was denied.”
Pelosi herself did not address the accusations, but spokesperson Drew Hammill told Fox News that the House Sargeant at Arms and the attending physician were the ones that made the call, not Pelosi.
The decision “has nothing to do with politics,” Hammill said, adding that “the same thing would happen to a Democratic member.”
Family members of newly-elected House members were allowed to attend the swearing-in of their loved ones on January 3rd due to an administrative decision to lift COVID-19 protocols because they knew a large number of those to be sworn in were already there with their families.