Nancy Pelosi slammed for 'hypocrisy' and accused of 'power grab' for supporting Iowa election challenge
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich noted that Pelosi's numbers within the House had 'weakened' and she was trying to create more votes for herself by backing the Iowa challenge
Nancy Pelosi is reportedly facing accusations of attempting a "power grab" by supporting a challenge to the election of an Iowa Republican to the House, thereby putting her position as Speaker in jeopardy.
According to former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Pelosi's majority in the House will likely not withstand the 2022 midterms and is therefore challenging the victor of Iowa Rep Mariannette Miller-Meeks to add another cog to the Democratic machine.
Gingrich noted in a Fox News article that Pelosi's numbers within the House had "weakened" and she was trying to create more votes for herself by backing the Iowa challenge.
Meeks' Democratic opponent Rita Hart will be indebted to Pelosi if successful in her bid to overturn the election, thereby cementing another House vote for the Democrats.
Gingrich wrote that Pelosi and her colleagues in the House should ideally leave the election results to Iowa's courts and election officials, "and yet every Democrat on the House Committee on Administration voted to bring Hart’s case to Congress."
He added: "These Democrats even hired top election lawyer Marc Elias to represent Hart and help her steal the seat from Iowa voters. They are not helping Hart to uphold Iowa’s state election laws or the US Constitution. They are upholding party selfishness and their agenda."
This comes shortly after the House Speaker was labeled a hypocrite for trying to overturn the Iowa results. Republican Nancy Mace slammed Pelosi for her "hypocrisy" in backing the challenge and alleged that all she wants is to "have more power."
"Nancy Pelosi’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. What we’re seeing today, you see [Democrat] Rita Hart trying to get DC politicians to elect her because the Iowa voters just didn’t," she told Fox News. "The hypocrisy here, you see Nancy Pelosi saying that there’s no voter fraud that exists, yet there was voter fraud so we’ve got to overturn the results of this election and I hate politics."
"I’m in it because I hate it, and I hate it because of the hypocrisy and that’s what we’re seeing today," Mace continued. "When you talk about a legally certified election, the votes in Mariannette Meeks' race were counted and recounted and in some instances were recounted for a third time again."
She added: "If we’re going to have voting system standards we’ve got to have it across the board. Nancy Pelosi’s in power and she wants to have more power. This is a power grab by Nancy Pelosi and DC Democrats."
The House has been called in to decide whether to overturn the results of a House race in Iowa after Hart challenged Miller-Meeks' slim victory. Back in November, the Republican prevailed by only six votes and went on to take the oath of office in Washington in January. Democrat Hart subsequently challenged the result of the election.
Hart appealed to the House in a new filing pointing to 22 discarded ballots, but lawyers for Miller-Meeks argued the case must be immediately dismissed.
That said, Pelosi's support for the challenge has received pushback, even from within the ranks of her own party. For instance, Rep Dean Phillips of Minnesota has said overturning the election would be "painful" for the country, CBS reported.