DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement on Rita Hart filing with the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Congresswoman-elect Marriannette Miller-Meeks won the election, her victory was upheld after the initial canvass, and after a districtwide recount took place, she still emerged the winner -- leading a bipartisan panel in Iowa to certify the results and officially making her the next Representative for Iowa’s 2nd District.

“Instead of pursuing her legal option in Iowa, this filing means Rita Hart prefers to throw out the votes of 400,000 Iowans so the election can be decided by the vote of one Californian -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Hart even admitted they couldn’t ‘get the results that we need’ unless she took the matter straight to Pelosi. This is Swamp politics at its absolute worst.

“If Democrats are serious about ensuring the integrity of elections, they must reject this blatant attempt to subvert the will of Iowa voters just to pick up a seat in Congress. Hart’s filing is a partisan political power grab, and it’s a slap in the face to every single Iowan who voted in this election. Iowans have made their decision clear: Rita Hart lost, and she should concede.”


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