Despite the state of Iowa certifying that Marinette Miller-Meeks was victorious in the election held in the state’s Second Congressional District, Democrats plan to challenge the result. Instead of contesting it within the state and through the legal process, as would be appropriate, they want to have the U.S. House of Representatives subvert the will of the voters.
House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis spoke in the floor yesterday and warned of the dangerous precedent that could be set should the House move to overturn the results of the election and urged the House not to use a partisan process to overturn a federal contest:
REP. DAVIS: “Just as in 1985, [Democrats] about to change the rules of the game after the game has already been played. Democrats have been trying to do this in states throughout the 2020 cycle. After a thorough recount of votes in all 24 counties in Iowa’s 2nd District and a unanimous, bipartisan vote by Iowa’s State Canvassing Board, Rep.-elect Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner.
“Instead of challenging the certification in court, the Democrat candidate has decided to skip that step and instead, is going to ask Washington Democrats to overturn Iowa voters. And the reason is…because she couldn’t win in court, but if Washington Democrats change the rules, she can – she can disregard the people of Iowa.
“Setting this precedent that you don’t have to exhaust all of your options and prove your case in court, but that whatever party is in charge of the House can come in, change the rules, and determine the winner, is a terrible one to set. I’m hoping my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will think long and hard if they want a repeat of the ‘Bloody Eighth’ because there will come a time when the shoe is on the other foot.
“The federal contest of 1985 eroded public trust in our elections and undermined the integrity of our election process. I hope my colleagues will come to the same conclusion and decide to stand by the people of Iowa’s 2nd District and seat Rep-elect Miller-Meeks on January 3rd.”