All nine Pennsylvania Congressional Republicans, including Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), have signed a letter criticizing state officials for their handling of the 2020 general election.
The letter puts Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar directly in its crosshairs.
“From last minute guidance provided to the counties on the eve of the election, to the Attorney General playing dual roles as a political candidate and legal arbiter with a vested personal interest, to volunteer legal observers being prevented from having access to vote counting locations, we believe these conflicts and irregularities have greatly eroded public trust in the Commonwealth’s electoral system.”
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-16), who also signed the letter with Fitzpatrick, has joined into a separate lawsuit against Boockvar. The Trump Campaign joined this lawsuit, including others, contesting certain ballots received after polls closed on election day.
It comes as leaders in the state Senate called on Boockvar to resign last Tuesday. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) accused Boockvar of changing the rules for how counties should count ballots right before the election.
“The constantly changing guidance she has delivered to counties not only directly contradicts the Election Code language she is sworn to uphold, but also conflicts her own litigation statements and decisions of both the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.”
Boockvar said she had no plans to resign.
“I’m just going to give a shout out to the legal team in the Department of State who have been really put to work this year and they are amazing.”
Meantime, Congressional Republicans are also calling on Shapiro to “recuse himself
from all future election proceedings and appoint an impartial designee moving forward.”
Shapiro (D) ran for a second term as PA Attorney General this year. He defeated Republican Heather Heidelbaugh by four points, according to unofficial results.
The letter from Congressional Republicans states many of the election issues will to the US Supreme Court.
It cites a social media post made by Shapiro on Oct 31, 2020. It stated, “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose.”
“Statements made by Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, 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, the Attorney General must recuse himself from all future election proceedings and appoint an impartial designee moving forward.”
Shapiro has given no indication of plans to recuse himself from potential legal proceedings involving Pennsylvania’s elections.
All nine of Pennsylvania’s sitting Republican members of the House of Representatives signed the letter, including:
- Brian Fitzpatrick
- John Joyce
- Fred Keller
- Mike Kelly
- Dan Meuser,
- Scott Perry
- Guy Reschenthaler
- Lloyd Smucker, and
- Glenn Thompson.