Vote to remove Scott Perry, a stain on our democracy

There are many reasons not to vote for Rep. Scott Perry on Tuesday, but let’s focus on the most important:

Early on January 7, 2021, hours after the tumultuous and deadly assault on the halls of the US Capitol, the Carroll Township legislator stood in the same building and attempted to disenfranchise every Pennsylvanian.

We now know that Perry was one of the Republicans who fought behind the scenes after the election to overturn the will of American voters and keep Donald Trump in power by touting false allegations of fraud and baseless conspiracy theories.

He connected Trump with a relatively minor Justice Department official, fellow conspiracy theorist Jeffery Clark, who was willing to push the president’s fictional account of a stolen election. When Trump decided to fire Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to make room for Clark, the top level of the Justice Department threatened to resign en masse.

Perry also signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in certain states and forwarded false allegations of voter fraud to attorneys general in various states.

When none of that worked, when Trump finally fired his “very special” insurgents, when the Capitol was cleaned up and the vice president – whom the treacherous mob had threatened to hang – and members of Congress are returned to the chamber of the House to finish their work, Perry gave one more swipe, moving a motion that the 20 votes of the Pennsylvania Electoral College not be counted.

There was never a hint that the election was anything but fair.

Countless courts had then ruled in the myriad lawsuits brought by Trump’s legions that the election was fair and there was no evidence of widespread fraud. Trump’s own director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency called the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.”

In this image from video, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., speaks as the House debates the objection to confirming the Pennsylvania Electoral College vote, at the U.S. Capitol early Thursday, January 7, 2021 (House Television via AP)

It’s impossible to believe that Perry didn’t know his claims were false. In fact, former White House aides to Trump testified before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol that Perry was among a group of Republican lawmakers who sought a preemptive pardon. to the former president for their efforts.

He issued a statement denying the claim but ignored a subpoena to testify before the bipartisan committee, when he surely would have had the opportunity to swear to that denial.

Of course, the committee would have had plenty more questions for the five-term congressman, whose cellphone was seized under warrant Aug. 9 by the FBI while Perry was vacationing with his family in New Jersey. (The York Dispatch is part of a media group that sued Sept. 29 to have the Perry investigation’s court records unsealed, including the warrant, warrant application, affidavits and other related documents.)

After all, he is one of the few members of Congress named in a Senate Judiciary Committee report detailing Trump’s attempts to stay in power – and the only one named in the report for further investigation into his actions to lobby the Department of Justice to overturn the election results (with State Senator Doug Mastriano).

We agree with Perry’s action cry for further investigation.

In the meantime, Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district has had enough of him.

Vote for Shamaine Daniels and remove this stain on American democracy from office.

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