After months of demonizing anyone who expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election results, a contingent of House Democrats have been plotting to upend the outcome of an Iowa congressional contest and unseat the Republican winner.
However, a group of moderate Democrats led by Rep. Lou Correa (CA) have cautioned party leaders – including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – against continuing their bid to flip the seat currently held by GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA), suggesting that the long-term fallout could be far worse than any temporary advantage gained, according to The Hill.
The controversy stems from recent developments in the matter of Miller-Meeks’ narrow defeat of Democrat Rita Hart in the November battle for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Though Miller-Meeks won by just six votes, her victory was certified by a state board following a formal recount, according to the Des Moines Register.
Hart subsequently launched a challenge of the outcome with the House Committee on Administration suggesting that she was aware of at least 22 legally-cast ballots that were not included in the final tally, with Miller-Meeks subsequently filing a motion to dismiss that petition.
However, earlier this month, rather than dismissing Hart’s challenge, the Democrat-led House committee tabled Miller-Meeks’ request and began seeking input on procedures and timelines through which the contested issues would be moved forward, according to National Review.
At the time, Pelosi weighed in on the controversy, telling reporters that she was open to the prospect of unseating Miller-Meeks, saying, “I respect the work of the committee…we’ll see where that takes us,” adding that “there could be a scenario to that extent.”
Rep. Correa, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition of moderate Democrats questioned the wisdom of that approach, asking why Congress would involve itself in “something that should be a state issue” and declaring:
I want to see what compelling reasons there are for the feds to get involved in this. I think these are issues that right now are probably best left at the state level.
The congressman is apparently not along among members of his party who want no part of the effort to oust Miller-Meeks, with two moderates telling The Hill respectively, on condition of anonymity:
It strikes me as remarkably hypocritical and a dangerous precedent at a time we need to be repairing precedents.
As painful as it was to lose this election by six votes, and although I sympathize with Rita Hart, the state certified these election results. Upending them at this point would only serve to further divide the country.
Though it often seems that their unquenchable thirst for power overrides rationality and fairness in every decision Democrats make of late, it is at least refreshing to see some members of that party placing a check on those like Pelosi who are willing to accomplish through underhanded administrative means what could not be done at the ballot box.