Congressman Jodey Arrington criticizes Pelosi, says he will oppose electoral vote count
Washington, January 5, 2021
LUBBOCK, Texas — Congressman Jodey Arrington (R - District 19) announced Monday night that he will join a coalition of fellow Republicans who will oppose the electoral vote count.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Arrington said "I will object on January 6th and voice my constitutional concerns with the 2020 Presidential Election, and I urge my colleagues to do the same."
Arrington said it's important for Members of Congress "to voice the concerns of millions of American voters who feel this election was not conducted in an equitable and accurate manner."
The Electoral College will convene Wednesday to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 win.
Arrington joins Congressman August Pfluger from San Angelo, and at least six other Congressmen from Texas, who have said or suggested that they will contest the results.
Arrington also criticized Pelosi and other Democrats who challenged the vote count the last two times a Republican won the White House - 2004 (George W. Bush) and 2016 (Donald Trump) - but are now opposed to Republicans doing the same.
"(In 2004), you yourself characterized Democrats' electoral vote count objections as "democracy at work" and "fundamental to our democracy"' said Arrington. "Madame Speaker, you supported and even praised the objections of Democrat members as "speaking up for their aggrieved constituents" who had been "disfranchised." Lastly, I could not agree more strongly with your sentiments during that debate when you said, "the American people must have every confidence that every vote legally cast will be legally counted and accurately counted."'
Arrington finished the letter by calling out Democrats who objected to the certification of votes and still refused to accept Congress' ultimate certification of President Trump.
"This defiance of the Constitution and blatant disregard for the Rule of Law is unconscionable and a dereliction of our sacred duty," Arrington said.