ICYMI: Rita Hart Should Follow Brindisi's Lead
Politico has declared, "The 2020 election cycle is finally over," but is it? Unlike Anthony Brindisi in New York's 22nd District, Rita Hart is still contesting the state-certified results in Iowa's 2nd District to the U.S. House Administration Committee. Instead of conceding or going through Iowa courts, Hart hopes her fellow Democrats in the House will overturn the election results in a purely partisan process.
"The 2020 election cycle is finally over.
Former Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) conceded Monday to his Republican challenger, former Rep. Claudia Tenney, ending a monthslong battle over the last unresolved congressional race.
The abrupt conclusion comes as somewhat of a surprise. After months of tabulation, New York State Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte last week ordered all eight counties in the upstate district to certify their results showing Tenney won the race by 109 votes. Brindisi was expected to appeal, but on Monday he said he would not.
“It is time to close the book on this election and focus on building a better community and more united Country for our children,” he said in a statement, congratulating Tenney and vowing to make “the transition process as smooth as possible.”
New York’s 22nd district was not the only one with a razor-thin finish. An open House seat in Iowa was decided by just six votes, and the losing Democratic candidate, Rita Hart, has challenged now-Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ win to the House Administration Committee under the Federal Contested Elections Act.
That committee could choose to conduct its own recount to indicate who is the rightful winner of the seat. The National Republican Congressional Committee seized on Brindisi’s decision and turned up pressure the on Hart to drop her appeal.
“It’s time for Rita Hart to follow Anthony Brindisi’s lead,” said Mike Berg, an NRCC spokesperson, “concede that she lost, and let Congresswoman Miller-Meeks focus on serving the people of Iowa’s Second Congressional District.”
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