Dem-friendly legal firm Perkins Coie looks to challenge two close House Republican wins
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not willing to quietly concede that her party lost 15 seats in this last election instead of gaining 15 seats as expected. So, the Democrats have deployed Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias, the same attorney who led the party’s nationwide efforts to expand vote-by-mail. He’s seeking to claw back at least two House seats for the Dems.
Several sources are now reporting that Democrats plan to certify at least one of the candidates in question as the actual winner even if the Republican candidate appears to have more votes as counted by state election authorities.
Under the Federal Contested Elections Act, the House can step in and certify a winner in close and contested races. This was last done in 1985 when the House Administration Committee declared Rep. Frank McCloskey (D-IN) the winner of a close race where his Republican challenger, Richard McIntyre, was certified as the winner by state election authorities. Democrats used their House majority to seat McCloskey and Republicans walked out of the chamber in protest.
According to Politico, Democrats, led by Elias and Perkins Coie, are implementing a similar plan for a contested House race in Iowa, where Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks has been certified as the winner of the 2nd congressional district race by six votes over Democrat Rita Hart.
“When we began this recount, Rita Hart was down by 47 votes,” Hart campaign manager Zach Meunier said in a statement Monday. “As more Iowans’ voices were heard, the margin has narrowed dramatically and is now down to a mere 6 votes — making this the closest congressional race in recent history, and one of the very closest in the last hundred years.”
The Wallstreet Journal also took notice of the move: “Ms. Hart’s campaign said it will bypass an Iowa court appeal and ask the Committee on House Administration to intervene. The House has final say on its Members’ elections and the Supreme Court has held that courts can’t intervene in those decisions under the Constitution’s Article I.”
The same thing is about to occur in New York where Republican challenger Claudia Tenney is leading Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) by 12 votes. More than a thousand ballots remain in dispute or uncounted, including large numbers of provisional ballots, according to tallies from both campaigns.
Marc Elias and his Perkins Coie law firm are leading Democrats’ legal challenges in both elections seeking to seat Democrats regardless of the outcome of their races.
Politico was one of the very few media outlets to even write about the political maneuvers: “Brindisi and Hart have both retained counsel from Perkins Coie, the premier Democratic election law firm — a sign they are gearing up for a lengthy legal process. The head of Perkins Coie’s election law practice, Marc Elias, is a recount expert who successfully led Democrat Al Franken’s efforts in Minnesota’s 2008 Senate race. Franken trailed about around 200 votes after the initial count but overtook then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) in a recount.”
But what isn’t highlighted by Politico and others is that Marc Elias was responsible for hiring opposition research firm Fusion GPS, on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, to produce the fraudulent “Russia dossier” on then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. The phony “dossier” was used to try and unseat President Trump. It was cobbled together by former British spy Christopher Steele and was the basis for the “Russia collusion” hoax.
Elias was also the legal attack dog for the left that led many of Democrats’ lawsuits throughout the 2020 election to expand vote-by-mail and lower safeguards against fraud.
He arrogantly calls for a number of election reforms: “The lawyer is leading a range of new lawsuits focused on what he calls his four “pillars” of fair mail-in elections: States should make ballots’ postage free or prepaid, they should count votes postmarked before Election Day, they should reform signature-matching laws to make it more difficult for election workers to subjectively reject ballots, and they should allow community groups to help collect and deliver ballots that have already been filled out and sealed.”
Elias claims to be the defender of voters’ rights, but he is leading efforts to overturn two democratic elections in states where the voters appear to have chosen Republicans. Some might posit that his legal efforts certainly echo those used against President Trump.