House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has once again changed her mind on the morality of challenging the results of an election. Pelosi and House Democrats now have access to your taxpayer dollars in their attempt to overturn the November victory of Republican Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks. This comes after months spent attacking Republicans who voiced concerns about the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Pelosi hopes to unseat Iowa Rep
Like the investigation into supposed “Russian collusion” in the 2016 election, Pelosi and congressional Democrats will be able to freely abuse taxpayer dollars in attempting to overturn the elections of Republican candidates.
While the Committee on House Administration technically has access to funds with which either party can contest the results of an election, Democrats clearly expect that they will be able to quietly make sole use of the opportunity to challenge specific results.
Rather than choosing to contest the results through the typical process within the state, Miller-Meeks’ former opponent Rita Hart has chosen to go directly to Pelosi and her allies in the House, a decision which has been criticized by representatives from both parties.
Hart is being represented in her attempt by election lawyer Marc Elias, a favorite among Democrats for his crusade against similar Republican challenges in the immediate aftermath of the November election.
House Democrats who support Pelosi and Hart will give them free access to taxpayer dollars to pay for the exorbitant fees charged by Elias, whose firm received $720 per hour in a 2019 North Carolina case.
While Hart may have lacked confidence in her ability to fight the certified results within the State of Iowa, she is evidently very confident in the nearly unlimited funds which her friends in Congress will have access to in their own plan to install her in Miller-Meeks’ seat.
Democrats are divided
While House Democrats knew that they would face criticism from their Republican counterparts for trying to unseat Miller-Meeks, the objections from within their own party may be an unpleasant surprise to Pelosi and her allies.
Both privately and publicly some Democratic Representatives have expressed their uneasiness about attempting to overturn an election which the State of Iowa has already certified.
Representative Dean Phillips (D., Minn.), expressed the sentiment shared by certain members of his party, saying that “Losing a House election by six votes is painful for Democrats. But overturning it in the House would be even more painful for America.”
Still, the temptation of expanding her vulnerable majority in the House may be too strong for Pelosi to resist. Pelosi knows that she stands to gain another loyal Representative if her funds and lawyers are successful in replacing Miller-Meeks with Hart.
Whether Pelosi succeeds or suffers a humiliating defeat, however, the blatant reversal in her supposed stance on the sanctity of certified election results will inevitably be more damage to her already shaky credibility in the eyes of the public and within her own party.
Ultimately, Pelosi might find that the American taxpayers aren’t the only ones who might pay the price for her attempt to overturn the result of a certified election.