Iowa Officials Blast Washington's Attempt to Intervene in Iowa's Second Congressional District
At a virtual press conference this morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of State Paul Pate, and Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann spoke out against Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats' attempt to depart from Iowa law and overturn a state-certified election in Iowa's Second Congressional District.
This week, the Hart campaign filed documents with the U.S. House Administration Committee, encouraging them to use this partisan, political process to find enough votes and "depart from" Iowa law.
"Rita Hart isn’t just asking Congress to overturn a state-certified election. She’s asking Democrats to throw out Iowa law in deciding which votes to count. She actually asked Congress to quote 'depart from Iowa law,'” said Reynolds. "It really is as crazy as it sounds. I’m appalled, and I believe that Iowans are just as appalled."
Iowa's top election official, Secretary of State Paul Pate, emphasized that Hart could have went through a fair and impartial process, but instead turned to the partisan House Administration Committee.
"Every step of the way, Iowa's process is either bipartisan or nonpartisan," Pate said. "My office and the Iowa courts were prepared to hear Hart's challenge, but she decided to skip a neutral arbiter for a Washington political process with Nancy Pelosi as the judge."
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann closed the press conference saying, "Rita Hart and her co-conspirators, including Cindy Axne, need to understand that Iowans will remember this attempt to disenfranchise their votes. Departing from Iowa law is not a fair election process, rather it's an attempt to steal an election in a power grab by Washington, D.C. Democrats."
Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig was unable to attend the press conference due to a scheduling conflict. "I along with Governor Reynolds, Secretary Pate, and two Iowa Democrats signed the certificate declaring Miller-Meeks the winner," said Naig. "Nancy Pelosi is wrong if she thinks it's her job to choose who represents Iowa."
You can view the whole press conference here.