More PA GOP Lawmakers Want Congress to Ignore the Voters’ Choice

Pennsylvania Sen. Kim Ward, of the 39th district, attends a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

By Ashley Adams

January 6, 2021

Republicans in the legislature are asking Republicans in the US Congress to delay the certification of the Electoral College, despite no proof of widespread fraud.

HARRISBURG — Republican leaders of Pennsylvania’s legislature are continuing their attempts to ignore the will of the state’s voters, who elected Joe Biden to the Presidency.

They sent a letter, dated Monday, asking Republicans in Congress to delay the certification of the Electoral College, which begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday. It was signed by state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, state Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward and 19 other Republican state senators.

A copy of the letter was tweeted late Tuesday night by Trump, announcing it as “BIG NEWS IN PENNSYLVANIA!”

The letter repeats similar claims made by eight Pennsylvania Republicans in Congress who plan to voice their objections in the joint session today.

The letter complains about “numerous unlawful violations” and “inconsistent and questionable activities” and says Pennsylvania’s election results should not have been certified by Gov. Tom Wolf’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar.

Wolf and Boockvar criticized the Republicans’ efforts on Wednesday.

Boockvar said the election was incredibly transparent.

Wolf contrasted the current Republican leadership in the statehouse with Abraham Lincon. He said Lincoln honored those who gave their lives for American freedoms but the current leadership has disgraced those sacrifices.

Wolf also said the Republicans’ efforts are an attack on the people across the state who work on the elections.

Ultimately, the results are proven, he said, by the court cases, independent reviews, and monitors.

“It’s a fact. Pennsylvania had a fair and free election,” he said. “It’s a fact that Joe Biden won the presidency.”

The Letter

“We ask that you delay certification of the Electoral College to allow due process as we pursue election integrity in our Commonwealth,” the senators wrote.

Previously, state officials have said similar complaints are based on outright falsehoods, while constitutional law scholars say Republicans are ignoring how courts have repeatedly ruled.

The letter asks for more time given the fact that the US Supreme is set to hear Trump vs. Boockvar in the coming days.

The court has not even said whether it will hear the case and ignored Trump’s motion to expedite to resolve everything before today.

State Representatives Who Signed the Letter

  • Jake Corman, (R-Centre County), President Pro Tempore
  • Kim Ward, (R-Westmoreland County), Majority Leader
  • Judy Ward (R-Blair County)
  • Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York County)
  • Mike Regan (R-Cumberland County)
  • David Argall (R-Schuylkill County)
  • Dave Arnold (R-Lebanon County)
  • Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver County)
  • Gene Yaw (R-Bradford County)
  • Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery County)
  • Michele Brooks (R-Crawford County)
  • Scott Hutchinson (R-Clairon County)
  • Wayne Langerholc (R-Bedford County)
  • Mario Scavello (R-Monroe County)
  • Cris Dush (R-Cameron County)
  • Joe Pittman (R-Armstrong County)
  • Pat Stefano (R-Fayette County)
  • Scott Martin (R-Lancaster County)
  • Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster County)
  • Devlin Robinson (R-Allegheny County)
  • Doug Mastriano (R-Adams County)

Democrats React

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Author

  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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