I’ve written endlessly about the race for the open seat in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District which was one of the tightest House races in recent memory. In the weeks following the Nov. 3 election, the lead changed hands several times as uncounted ballots were discovered and other issues were resolved. Ultimately, a statewide recount was conducted and the Republican candidate, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, was declared the winner. She had defeated her Democratic opponent, Rita Hart, by six votes, and the state certified the results on Nov. 30. Miller-Meeks was sworn into Congress in January.
Lo and behold, the Hart campaign found 22 uncounted ballots, which she claimed would put her ahead of Miller-Meeks by nine votes. Rather than going through the traditional channels which would have meant an appeal through the Iowa court system, Hart’s team went on to file a “Notice of Contest” with the U.S. House Administrative Committee.
You may recall House Speaker Nancy Pelosi making headlines last week for insisting she had the right to seat or unseat any member of Congress.
Speaker Pelosi says it is her “right as Speaker” to seat or unseat any member of Congress she wants even if the election is certified
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 25, 2021
Republicans were surprised that Pelosi would support Hart’s attempt to overturn a certified election result after the Democrats’ acrimonious shaming and blaming of President Trump for doing the same. Even some Democrats saw the irony in the situation.
Hart should have taken her dispute to the Iowa courts. She chose not to, likely because she knew her case was weak.
Republicans found the whole idea of a House committee overturning a certified state election result to be despicable.
Over the last three months, the conservative media has pulled out all the stops to expose the irony and the indecency of what Hart, with the full support of Pelosi, was trying to do. I wrote four or five posts about this race myself.
On Wednesday afternoon, Hart surprisingly announced her decision to withdraw her “contest.” She cited “the toxic campaign of political disinformation to attack this constitutional review of the closest congressional contest in 100 years has effectively silenced the voices of Iowans. It is a stain on our democracy that the truth has not prevailed and my hope for the future is a return to decency and civility.”
If you take away her rancor, she blames the Republicans’ “toxic campaign of political disinformation” for her withdrawal. I call it a concerted effort to point out the truth of this despicable and dishonest attempt to steal an election.
This is a rare win for the conservative media. Instead of writing about it once or twice and simply watching the Democrats roll over us again, we went all out and it worked. We need to remember our winning formula here. We need to keep pounding and pounding and pounding the Democrats as they do to Republicans.
Next project, the border crisis.
Hart’s full statement can be viewed in the tweet below.
Running to represent the people of #IA02 in the U.S. House of Representatives has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I could not have done it without all of you. Read my statement from today here: pic.twitter.com/ustS72pWsq
— Rita Hart (@RitaHartIA) March 31, 2021