UPDATED 6:30 PM PT – Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is continuing to defend a push to overturn an Iowa congressional race won by Republicans.
The House Administration Committee is considering a challenge from Democrat Rita Hart, who is contesting her 2020 loss.
GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks beat Hart in Iowa’s 2nd district race by six votes. However, Hart challenged the results, arguing she would have won if votes that were deemed illegitimate were not throw out.
Despite concerns from moderate Democrats about her involvement in the race, Pelosi maintained it’s within her authority.
Pelosi argues she’s not obligated to seat certified election winner: If I wanted to be unfair I wouldnt have seated the Rep from Iowa because that was my right on the opening day. I would have just said, you’re not seated, and that would have been my right as Speaker to do. #IA02 pic.twitter.com/QSEXG0Wrvl
— Mike Berg (@MikeKBerg) March 25, 2021
“Now if I wanted to be unfair, I wouldn’t have seated the Republican from Iowa,” Pelosi said. “That was my right on the opening day. I would’ve just said ‘you’re not seated,’ and that would’ve been my right as Speaker to do.”
Some House Democrats are reportedly warning Pelosi against trying to overturn the results of the race, noting it was certified by the state. They’re concerned the move would come off as hypocritical, after slamming Republicans for raising concerns of voter fraud in the 2020 election.