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McCarthy Nails Down Another GOP House Seat

Proving once again why he and McConnell are the most competent GOP leaders.

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When Trump lost the presidency and egomaniacally inserted himself into the Georgia US Senate runoffs, thus guaranteeing a loss, there was one bit of good news past that debacle. The Republican House. Leader Kevin McCarthy and Tom Emmer, chief of the Republican House campaign arm, led the GOP to a gain that put them within single digits of Nancy Pelosi’s majority.

With McConnell employing Fabian tactics in the Senate and the close numbers in the House, despite Trump Republicans have a fighting chance to win for the American people. McCarthy just made that even more possible, as this week due to his pressure a Democrat dropped her challenge to a GOP freshman.

FNC: “Democrat Rita Hart has formally dropped her election challenge in Iowa to GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, just as Republicans turned up their public relations campaign against the potential election ‘steal.’ Hart officially lost Iowa’s Second Congressional District race in November to Miller-Meeks by just six votes. However, she had filed a formal election contest with the House of Representatives asking for a recount that included 22 ballots that were left out of the final tally, claiming she would have prevailed. But amid a growing GOP-led campaign to quash the challenge and to pressure House Democrats to accept the election results, Hart formally announced Wednesday she will no longer try to overturn the election.”

“After many conversations with people I trust about the future of this contest, I have made the decision to withdraw my contest before the House Committee on Administration,” Hart said in a statement Wednesday. “Since Election Day, and throughout this entire process, my mission has been about ensuring the voices of Iowans who followed the law are not silenced. I am saddened that some Iowans’ votes will not count through no fault of their own. The work of ensuring it does not happen again will continue beyond this campaign.”

Hart’s announcement came the same day McCarthy visited Iowa and demanded an end to the fracas, saying the Democrats were trying to steal the election from Iowa voters. “It’s the people’s house, not Pelosi’s House,” McCarthy said.

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“Despite our best efforts to have every vote counted, the reality is that 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,” Hart closed. “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.” Translation: I got beat fair and square and I don’t like it.

“People should be outraged,” Miller-Meeks said earlier Wednesday at the event with McCarthy. “… If six votes aren’t enough to win an election then why are six members on a committee able to overturn an election?” Bingo. The House officially agreed with her.

“There being no contestant, there is no longer a contest, and the Committee will, accordingly, recommend that the whole House dispose of the contest and adopt a dismissal resolution reported out by the Committee,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA, the chairwoman of the committee.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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