U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9) says the administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf compromised public trust in the election process with how it handled the events of last week.
In a statement released over the weekend, Meuser says Wolf, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and Commonwealth Secretary Kathy Boockvar bungled the election in the days leading up to it and after polls closed.
Meuser’s statement was joined by other Republican members of the Pennsylvania delegation in the House.
“As members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation, we greatly understand that when a legislative body creates law, the duty of an administration is to faithfully execute these laws. However, we are deeply concerned with how the commonwealth has handled the general election,” he says.
Meuser Blames Wolf Administration for Botched Handling of 2020 Election
Meuser outlined several areas of concern that all lead back to the Wolf administration:
- Last-minute rules changes
- Shapiro serving a dual role as candidate and legal arbiter
- Poll watchers being blocked from vote tallying activity
“The citizens of the Commonwealth do not just expect free and fair elections, they deserve free and fair elections,” Meuser said. “We believe that every legal vote should be counted, and it is incumbent upon the Secretary of the Commonwealth to discount any votes that do not meet the letter of the law.
“As many of these issues will now be addressed by the United States Supreme Court, we remain concerned about the integrity of the election and continued attempts by the administration and its officials to put their thumbs on the scale in pursuit of what they believe should be a preordained outcome. These actions continue to chip away at the foundations of our representational democracy and challenge the citizens of Pennsylvania’s faith in their government. We implore you to put politics aside and provide these requests all due consideration.”
Meuser believes there’s no solid evidence to support the idea that all 67 counties in Pennsylvania segregated ballots received after the close of polls last Tuesday. He pointed to the order from US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that was issued Friday ordering those ballots to be separated.
Last week, we learned that Schuylkill County election officials did, in fact, separate those ballots from the rest. But that likely didn’t happen everywhere in Pennsylvania.
Meuser, like State Sen. Dave Argall, demanded Boockvar resign from her position.
“This uncertainty follows guidance issued to the counties on the eve of the election instructing them to disclose to party operatives individual information associated with rejected mail in ballots, in an attempt to have corrections made, which is in direct conflict with Pennsylvania election law. Following immediate compliance with Justice Alito’s order, we believe the only path forward is for Secretary Boockvar’s immediate resignation from office,” he said.
Shapiro Biased, Should Recuse Himself
Meuser also called out Shapiro, especially for a tweet he sent prior to the election in which he tried picking a fight with President Trump. Oddly, Shapiro insisted that when votes were tallied in Pennsylvania, he was sure the President would lose to his opponent, Joe Biden.
Of course, we all know how that’s gone so far. Over the weekend, the mainstream media projected Biden the winner of Pennsylvania and thus, the alleged President-elect. However, no votes have been certified and numerous legal challenges over the validity of the vote have to be argued in courts across the country.
“Statements made by Attorney General Shapiro, including social media posts calling the outcome of the election, prior to the tabulation of a single vote are troubling and highlight the Attorney General’s inability to maintain impartiality and to separate his sworn duties from his political desires. We believe that due to this conflict, Attorney General Shapiro must recuse himself from all future election proceedings and appoint an impartial designee moving forward,” Meuser said.
Read the full letter to the Wolf Administration from Pennsylvania GOP Reps. in Congress:PADelegationWolfShapiroBoockvar110720
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