ICYMI: Grassley, Ernst, Hinson, and Feenstra Urge U.S. House Leadership to Reject Rita Hart’s Plea for ‘Partisan Intervention’
Yesterday, members of Iowa’s incoming congressional delegation sent a letter to leaders of the U.S House of Representatives and House Committee on Administration urging them to reject Rita Hart’s plea for ‘partisan intervention.’
The letter states:
“We write to express our deep concern with the effort of Rita Hart to contest her loss to Representative–elect Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s Second Congressional District. As you know, Dr. Miller-Meeks was recently certified as the winner of this contest. Ms. Hart has stated publicly she intends to invoke the Federal Contested Elections Act (FCEA), 2 U.S.C. § 381, et seq., to change the result of this election. In so doing, Ms. Hart chose to circumvent Iowa’s established process and fair and impartial court system. Instead, she is choosing to circumvent Iowa election laws providing for a nonpartisan judicial process to seek a partisan-based judgment to overturn an outcome certified by a bipartisan state canvassing board. Her strategy displaces a nonpartisan process for a partisan one. That would create a dangerous precedent and should be rejected.
Iowa’s election system is fair and thorough. It should not be replaced by an inherently partisan political process.”
Full text of the letter can be found here.
This letter follows recent condemnations of Hart’s plan to undermine the will of Iowa voters from the Des Moines Register Editorial Board, Quad City Times Editorial, Ambassador Terry Branstad, and Iowa Legislative Leaders.