Since Hart no longer denies the results, the House Panel will reject Hart’s complaint.
Republicans had launched an ongoing public relations campaign against the review of the committee, calling it an abuse of Congressional resources to resolve a state election issue after the race was certified and Miller-Meeks sworn in. Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, traveled to Iowa for this week to show his support for Miller-Meeks.
The Iowa Republican later issued a statement thanking Hart for the “gracious” decision to admit.
The timing of Hart’s announcement enabled McCarthy to take a winning lap on Wednesday after spending the day with Miller-Meeks. Hours earlier, he held a press conference in Davenport, Iowa, condemning the Democrats’ urge to review the results.
“Rita Hart and Nancy Pelosi finally heard what many Iowans told me today: Mariannette Miller-Meeks is the duly elected Congresswoman serving Iowa’s Second Congressional District,” McCarthy wrote in a statement.
Hart’s decision to contest the election sparked a political firestorm within the Democratic caucus, with a group of vulnerable moderates who are concerned about the political look of the House and vote to vote only a few months after pounding then-President Donald Trump and Republicans for trying to do the same in his failed re-election bid to reject the election results.
The contest was entered last year, but the Democrats got Hart going last week when a group of swing seat members began to vocalize their challenge. This group included the representatives Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), Susan Wild (D-Pa.) And Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.). If the panel voted to remove the GOP winner, it was not clear whether the decision would be backed by the Democratic caucus on the floor.
Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi defended the management committee’s plan to investigate the matter, but growing disagreement within her own caucus made a positive outcome unlikely for Hart regardless of what an investigation found.
As the arbitrator of its own elections, the House has the opportunity to investigate close losses. In previous controversial election cases, the committee set up a task force with the authority to dispatch personnel to the district, seize ballot papers, and conduct a recount.
But ultimately the House may have to vote on the rightful winner of the seat. With a wafer-thin majority – and the GOP united in the opposition – the Democrats would have had difficulty finding votes for Hart.
Sean Patrick Maloney MP, who chairs the Democratic Campaigns Committee, praised Hart in a statement shortly after her announcement: “I respect your decision and applaud your efforts to ensure that any legal vote is taken into account in this election. I know your service and dedication to Iowans will not end here. “
The House’s GOP campaign arm, meanwhile, wasted no time making its solemn declaration.
“We’re glad Rita Hart finally came to her senses and admitted the truth: The people of Iowa selected Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks to represent them in Congress,” said Mike Berg, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “We won.” Don’t let voters forget that Democrats will do whatever they can to undermine democracy if they have the opportunity. “
The district, located in the southeast corner of Iowa, is a biennial swing seat. It was held by Democratic MP Dave Loebsack from 2006 until he retired last year. Last year’s race was the fourth time Miller-Meeks, a former senator and doctor, ran for the seat.