Democratic lawmaker criticizes idea of overturning Iowa race

Democratic lawmaker criticizes idea of overturning Iowa race
© Greg Nash

Democratic Rep. Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsMinnesota takes joy in beating New York for last House seat Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Democrat Rita Hart withdraws challenge in Iowa House race MORE (Minn.) on Monday criticized the idea of the House potentially overturning the results of a House race in Iowa, calling the prospect “painful for America.”

The congressman was reacting to a report from Politico in which sources told the outlet that efforts were being made to remove GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa) in order for her Democratic opponent Rita Hart to assume office.

“Losing a House election by six votes is painful for Democrats. But overturning it in the House would be even more painful for America. Just because a majority can, does not mean a majority should,” Phillips tweeted.


Hart lost the election by six votes, with Iowa election officials certifying Miller-Meeks's victory in late November. Miller-Meeks had declared beforehand, despite only leading by 48 votes at the time. Hart filed a "Notice of Contest" in the House in December. She argued that there were 22 votes that were incorrectly left out when the vote was recounted.

Hart's contest has become a point of contention among Democrats and Republicans with both sides accusing the other of hypocrisy due to how former President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election were handled.


Miller-Meeks has asked Congress to dismiss Hart's claim, with her attorney Alan Ostergren arguing that Hart was going to the House because she knew her appeal would not stand up to a in-state process.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate Trump signals he's ready to get back in the game Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization MORE (R-Ky.) last week accused House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate House extends proxy voting to July On The Money: IRS to start monthly payments of child tax credit July 15 | One-fourth of Americans took financial hits in 2020: Fed MORE (D-Calif.) of attempting to "overturn a state-certified election."

“The outcome was certified. That’s the magic word, certified, that we heard over and over again in November and December. ... the process played out in a way that every liberal in America spent November, December and January insisting was beyond question,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.