Connolly to GOP: I won't be lectured by those who voted to overturn the election

Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHouse bill targets US passport backlog Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe Tlaib, Democrats slam GOP calls for border oversight to fight opioid crisis MORE (D-Va.) during a House panel on Wednesday pushed back against GOP lawmakers’ claims of partisanship in calls to remove Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyFBI investigating political fundraising of former employees of Postmaster General DeJoy Postal Service raises stamps to 58 cents as part of restructuring plan Lawmakers request investigation into Postal Service's covert operations program MORE, with the Virginia congressman saying he would “not be lectured by people,” who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election. 

The exchange came during DeJoy’s hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee over his cost-cutting measures implemented in the months leading up to the November election. 

Connolly was among the 80 Democratic lawmakers who earlier this month called on President BidenJoe BidenBiden nominates Mark Brzezinski to be U.S. ambassador to Poland 10 dead after overloaded van crashes in south Texas Majority of New York state Assembly support beginning process to impeach Cuomo: AP MORE to fill three vacancies on the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors, which would pave the way to potentially remove DeJoy from his position. 

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In one part of the hearing, Connolly addressed remarks made by Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Jordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 MORE (R-Ohio), who argued that previous scrutiny over DeJoy’s performance was a politically motivated “charade,” leading up to the election. 

Jordan specifically pointed out that DeJoy around the time of his August committee hearing “had protesters banging on pots and pans outside” his house, with many calling for him to resign. 

“You were the worst guy on the planet last time you were here. I just want to know what’s changed,” Jordan asked. 

DeJoy responded, “Well, we had an election.”

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Connolly responded by accusing Jordan of “gaslighting,” while drawing attention away from the mail delays. 

“All the gaslighting that we just heard does not change facts,” Connolly said, adding that it was former President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE himself who started ramping up unsupported claims last summer that voting by mail was rampant with massive voter fraud. 

“The point is, it was Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, who was planting the idea, aided and abetted by disruptive changes proposed by a new postmaster general and a compliant board of governors that actually eroded public confidence in the ability to vote by mail,” Connolly argued. “That wasn’t a Democratic narrative, that was a Republican narrative by the president of the United States and his enablers.” 

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Connolly then responded to earlier comments from Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow Hice57 House Republicans back Georgia against DOJ voting rights lawsuit New spotlight on secretaries of state as electoral battlegrounds House at war over Jan. 6 inquiry, mask mandate MORE (R-Ga.), who defended DeJoy from what he called “unfounded” allegations from some Democrats that the postmaster general deliberately sabotaged mail-in voting ahead of the November election. 

Connolly said, “I didn’t vote to overturn an election, and I will not be lectured by people who did about partisanship.” 

Both Hice and Jordan were among the GOP lawmakers who voted in favor of rejecting slates of President Biden electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania over unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud that altered the outcome of the elections. 

DeJoy, a major GOP donor who previously worked as a logistic company executive, began enacting measures like removing mail sorting machines after becoming postmaster general in June.

He then put further cost-cutting initiatives on hold until after the November elections to address criticism that the changes were intended to undermine the practice of mail-in voting, which a record number of people relied on for the 2020 election amid the pandemic.