There’s been a lot of talk here about refusing to seat the 126 GOP Congresspersons who signed that amicus brief to the Texas petition to SCOTUS. The claim is that the XIV Amendment blocks them from office. I don’t think that’s going to get anywhere; it’s too nebulous and has too many loopholes and perils. There’s a better way to make them pay for their sedition — some of them anyway.
The Texas petition wanted the Supreme Court to invalidate all ballots from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on the grounds that the electoral process was illegally altered by state bureaucrats and not by the legislature as required. But their argument also claimed that these changes invalidated the entire ballot:
They accomplished these statutory revisions through executive fiat or friendly lawsuits, thereby weakening ballot integrity. Finally, these same government officials flooded the Defendant States with millions of ballots to be sent through the mails, or placed in drop boxes, with little or no chain of custody and,at the same time, weakened the strongest security measures protecting the integrity of the vote—signature verification and witness requirements. www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/… At 1,2
In other words, they claimed the ballots themselves were flawed and must be discarded.
Given Trump’s insistence that everything is about him and only him, it should be a surprise that the lawsuit focused on the presidential election. But there were a lot of other items on those same ballots — including the election of all 435 Representatives.
The following Representatives from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin signed that amicus brief that declared their own elections were invalid and should be voided:
- Georgia: Allen, Carter, Collins, Ferguson, Hice, Loudermilk, Scott
- Michigan: Bergman, Huizenga, Moolenaar, Walberg
- Pennsylvania: Joyce, Kelly, Meuser, Perry, Reschthaler, Thompson
- Wisconsin: Tiffany
I suggest that the Speaker argue that these Representatives, having argued that the ballots that elected them are tainted and must be voided, have thereby declared their elections invalid and their seats are vacant.