House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to seat Rep.-elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) after Republicans cautioned her against setting a dangerous precedent by interfering on Democrat Rita Hart’s behalf.
A) Top GOPer on Hse Admin Cmte Rodney Davis calls on Pelosi to seat GOP IA Rep-elect Miller-Meeks on Jan 3. Says “Refusing to seat Rep.-elect Miller-Meeks on January 3rd would be an unprecedented power grab by Speaker Pelosi”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 30, 2020
But there’s a catch.
The State of Iowa certified Miller-Meeks’ victory to represent Iowa’s 2nd District. Miller-Meeks won by six votes out of nearly 400,000. Instead of contesting the results under state law, Hart asked the Democrat-controlled House to investigate and overturn the election results — which remains a distinct possibility.
The Washington Times’ David Sherfinski reports:
“Yes and yes,” Mrs. Pelosi said when asked if she plans to seat Ms. Miller-Meeks and have a Democratic majority present Sunday.
Ms. Hart’s campaign said that not all ballots were counted during a recount and that she should net at least 15 votes that weren’t tallied.
Ms. Miller-Meeks’ team said Ms. Hart ran to Mrs. Pelosi to try to overturn the election results because she knew she would lose in Iowa courts.
The House Administration Committee is set to investigate the results.
Miller-Meeks’ seating doesn’t preclude the House Administration Committee from ultimately declaring that Hart won and should replace her.
The House of Representatives last overturned state-certified election results in 1985.