Meuser Still Believes 2020 Election in Pennsylvania was “Highly Irregular”
US Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9) still believes the 2020 election in Pennsylvania was “highly irregular” because of actions taken by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration surrounding the 2020 election.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Congressman who represents Schuylkill and several surrounding counties said he did not believe his objecting to and voting against certifying the electors from Pennsylvania would overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. And that was not his goal.
“It must be understood that due to the electoral certification procedures requiring a majority of members of the House and Senate to vote, there was little to no chance that my objection to the Pennsylvania electors would overturn the results of the election. I have stated that consistently to anyone who asked for the last several weeks,” he says. “It is also important to note that my focus was never centered on unproven claims of fraud. This is why I did not object to the certification of Arizona electors.”
Meuser said in his statement that the riot on the US Capitol would also not change his feelings on the election held in Pennsylvania.
“The violent protests and the storming of the Capitol last week did not dissuade our responsibility as members of Congress to carry out our constitutional role in certifying the results of this past presidential election. I commend Vice President Mike Pence for his leadership in carrying out his oath of office and putting his country first,” Meuser says. “Last week’s tragic events also did not sway my resolve to highlight the highly irregular actions taken by state officials in Pennsylvania during the last election.”
The Congressman says he still believes the Wolf administration violated the Constitution by circumventing the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s role in establishing the rules and method for holding elections in the commonwealth.
“The Constitution very clearly states that ‘The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections … shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof…’ In multiple instances, state officials acted outside their authority, usurping the constitutional authority of the Pennsylvania state legislature,” Meuser said.
Meuser also believes that – despite what Democrats are now saying – the election certification process conducted by the Joint Session of Congress on January 6 was indeed the right venue to raise objections. After all, it’s what Democrats have done each time a Republican President has been elected. It can’t be an attack on democracy – or however the Democrats are selling it now – for one party to do it and not the other.
“Speaker Pelosi in 2005, when 31 Democrats objected to the electoral certification for Ohio, professed, ‘The Members of Congress who have brought this challenge are speaking up for their aggrieved constituents, many of whom have been disenfranchised in this process.’ These words from Speaker Nancy Pelosi were appropriate then as they are now,” Meuser says.
And he believes the US Supreme Court will ultimately decide if what happened during the 2020 Election in Pennsylvania was constitutional.
“My questioning of the Pennsylvania electors will help illuminate this constitutional question to the United States Supreme Court. It is my understanding the U.S. Supreme Court will consider and rule on whether the actions taken in Pennsylvania, without the authority of the state legislature, were unconstitutional. In the end, I believe we will be vindicated by the court in affirming that only state legislatures make election law and procedure. The Court’s ruling will be prospective, not retroactive, and will bring consistency and integrity to our system of elections. This will be to the benefit of Democrats and Republicans and build widespread trust in our election process,” he adds.
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