Pelosi Keeps Her Gunpowder Dry – For all the attention devoted to Republicans contesting Joe Biden’s victory, the party with the best chance to overturn a federal election this year remains the Democrats.
Nancy Pelosi, who was narrowly elected again as Speaker on Sunday, allowed the Republican winner in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional district, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, to take her seat. But that may not be the last word on the election, which Democrat Rita Hart hasn’t conceded. Mrs. Pelosi’s spokesman said Ms. Miller-Meeks would be seated “provisionally” and “pending the outcome” of a House probe.
The House has the power to decide contested elections of its Members. Mrs. Pelosi is saying that the Democratic-controlled Committee on House Administration reserves the right to recommend muscling Ms. Miller-Meeks out of her seat months from now, when Mr. Trump’s challenge is history.
Ms. Miller-Meeks, a physician and state senator, won the district by six votes. Her victory was confirmed in a recount, and the state certified the results Nov. 30. More than three weeks later Marc Elias, the Democratic election lawyer who specializes in vote-counting mischief ( Al Franken in 2008), presented the House with a list of 22 ballots he says should have been counted and would result in a net 15-vote swing to Ms. Hart.