House Democrats Begin to Speak Out - Except Axne
Shortly after vulnerable Minnesota Democrat Rep. Dean Phillips defected from Pelosi's power grab, House Democrats are beginning to come out of the woodwork and call out this desperate attempt to overturn a state-certified election. Notably silent is Iowa's Congresswoman Cindy Axne.
As reported by Politico, an anonymous House Democrat texted reporters saying Phillips is not alone. The anonymous member said, “It would be wrong on principle. It would also be political malpractice. While we would gain one seat, we would lose a lot more next year.”
It gets worse for Pelosi & Co. The Hill reported that an anonymous House Democrat said, "It strikes me as remarkably hypocritical and a dangerous precedent at a time we need to be repairing precedents,” but it didn't stop there. A second anonymous House Democrat said, “As painful as it was to lose this election by six votes... the state-certified these election results. Upending them at this point would only serve to further divide the country.”
Then on a call with DCCC leadership and vulnerable House Democrats, the levee began to break.
- Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07): "As I have said before in connection with the 2020 presidential election, legislators should be heeding states' certifications of their elections.”
- Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05): "I have deep reservations."
Pelosi's no good, very bad day ended with another one of her members defecting from her plan. Paul Steinhauser reported that New Hampshire Democrat Rep. Chris Pappas said, "the election is over & it’s time to move on."
"At least six of Cindy Axne's colleagues are willing to call out this desperate attempt to disenfranchise Iowa voters, but she couldn't even be bothered to comment," said Republican Party of Iowa Communications Director Kollin Crompton. "Cindy Axne needs to understand very clearly - it's time for her to stand up for Iowans and tell Washington to get out of our elections. Axne needs to clearly state that Congresswoman Miller-Meeks was the winner and that Rita Hart should concede."