OTTUMWA, Iowa – Congresswoman-elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ transition team issued the following statement today:

Rita Hart filed paperwork this morning with the U.S. House of Representatives to attempt to have Washington politicians overturn the will of Iowans in the 2nd Congressional District.

All votes in this election have been counted under Iowa law.  Congresswoman-elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks won the vote on election night, won the 24-county county audit and official canvas, won the 24-county recount, and was unanimously certified by the State of Iowa as the winner of the election by a bipartisan council.

The Hart campaign could have followed Iowa law and asked Iowa judges to address any issue raised in this new filing to Congress.. But she knew her partisan political claims are baseless, and that a neutral court would reject them.  Instead, Senator Hart has chosen a political process controlled by Nancy Pelosi to overturn the choice of Iowans in the Second Congressional District, disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters. There was plenty of time for Iowa judges to review the 22 votes cited in the Hart challenge as well as the 30 Scott County votes which the county auditor said Miller-Meeks should not have lost.

This election has been decided by Iowans. That decision should not be thrown into Washington’s hyper-partisan atmosphere. It is shameful that Rita Hart does not have faith in Iowans, and does not respect the decision of Iowa voters.


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