Pa. House Republicans strike out on last-minute push to pressure Wolf to rescind election results, report

By: - November 29, 2020 10:33 am

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A cadre of state House Republicans have fallen short in their push to get the state Legislature to directly intervene in the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the Keystone State, according to a published report.

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A group of GOP lawmakers, none of whom are in leadership, failed to build support during a virtual caucus meeting on Saturday night for a non-binding resolution calling on Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to rescind their certification of the results, PennLive reported.

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The resolution, by itself, wouldn’t have been binding on Wolf, but supporters were hoping it would have created a platform and more pressure for further steps including: a formal challenge to the seating of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party electors by members of the state’s Congressional delegation; or efforts within the General Assembly to name its own electors.

But after Saturday’s discussion, it was clear the House effort wasn’t going anywhere.

Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County, and Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre County, said in a statement issued as the caucus broke that they agreed the state’s elections processes and procedures need a top-to-bottom review for consistency and fairness, but they said there is no time to take legislative action on this year’s results and they will not be calling the House back into session.

In a Tweet on Sunday morning, Rep. Kevin Boyle, of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the House State Government Committee, blasted Republican rank-and-filers behind the resolution, saying it was “damning of the GOP and its commitment to democracy our legislature has even had conversations like these.”

In the state Senate, Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Adams, has argued, without presenting evidence, that the election, which Biden won by 81,000 votes, was “compromised.”

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.