‘Very aggressive’: NY GOP candidate cries foul over Pelosi agents reportedly deployed to observe recount

An uncalled race in New York’s 22nd Congressional District is so close that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sent envoys to watch over the vote recount, according to New York Republican candidate Claudia Tenney.

The race between Tenney and incumbent Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi has not yet been certified but is “so close” that the U.S. House of Representatives has sent the lawyers who are “supposed to be in an observing role,” according to Tenney who told Fox News that they are getting “very aggressive.”

Tenney reportedly has a lead of only 12 votes in the race, the only one in the state that has not been certified by the state Board of Elections. Vote recounts have been set to begin Monday and Tenney updated Fox & Friends Weekend on Sunday on the latest, as the five-day process begins.

All eight counties in the 22nd Congressional District were ordered by State Supreme Court Justice Scott J. DelConte to review ballots for errors and other issues with representatives of the Brindisi and Tenney campaigns being allowed to observe.

(Source: Fox News)

“If the judge follows the legal process I think we should prevail,” Tenney told Fox News host Pete Hegseth, speaking of the case on the race that has been tied-up in courts since Election Day last month.

Election officials reportedly rejected hundreds of affidavit ballots at the polls and the judge asked for reasons to be presented as to why the ballots were disputed; something the candidates were never told.

“But what’s happening now, it’s so close that Nancy Pelosi, the current House speaker, has sent lawyers who are supposed to be from the House administration and they’re supposed to be in an observing role,” Tenney added.

“Not anything more than that, but it looks like they’re getting very aggressive,” she noted.

“They had asked the court to have cameras and electronic equipment so that they could really work on these ballots in a way that we don’t think it is fair and that we think could prejudice the opening of these new ballots,” Tenney continued.

The Republican candidate from New Hartford added that “what we’re looking at is what are so-called affidavit ballots.”

Tenney explained that “those are ballots that have been unopened for people who showed up at the board or at the polls to vote, but for some reason were not on the voter rolls.”

She told Hegseth that “we’re looking at potential problems because the boards were so overwhelmed.”

“Just like everything that’s terrible going on in New York, I think this all goes back to Governor Cuomo’s executive order, which put this undue burden on the Boards of Elections,” she added.

“They were avalanched with 10 times the number of absentee ballots. They had an online portal, no verification. We have dozens of dozens of reports from people who say they received ballots they did not ask for who ultimately went in and voted in person,” Tenney said.

“The boards are overwhelmed. They’re understaffed. They don’t have the resources promised by Cuomo and that’s why you’re seeing these crazy irregularities and real trouble with the boards here in New York,” she told the Fox News host.

Tenney also noted that “now with Nancy descending she could do exactly what she’s trying to do to [Republican] Mariannette Miller-Meeks who was declared the winner in the Iowa 2nd race.”

“Mariannette actually was declared by a 5-0 decision, a bipartisan decision by the Iowa Boards of Election, and she was certified as the winner, but now the House administration is looking to overturn this,” Tenney explained, referring to the Army veteran who was certified the winner of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

Rita Hart, her Democratic opponent, will reportedly file to contest the result and ask Congress to place her in the seat instead.

“A scary thing could happen, it could look like 1985 all over again where the House Democrats actually went in and seated a Democrat over the winner, the certified winner who was a Republican,” Tenney said on Sunday. “So we’re hoping that doesn’t happen this time and that we’ll prevail when all the legal votes are counted.”

Frieda Powers

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