Hughes: The GOP Must Seat Williams
In November, Republicans around the country ran campaigns based on fear mongering and hate – led by their chief fearmonger, President Donald Trump. But the American people rejected that fear, choosing candidates with plans for working people and messages of hope for our future. The Democrats picked up seats, took the House of Representatives, and made gains in statehouses and governors mansions across the nation.
In the six weeks since the elections, Republicans have colluded and conspired against voters and democracy to keep their power.
In Wisconsin, the Republican legislature passed bills limiting the power of the governor, right before a Democratic governor takes office. The same thing is happening in North Carolina.
Unfortunately, a very similar manipulation of democracy happening in Pennsylvania as well.
Senator-Elect Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) won a seat in our State Senate by nearly 1,000 votes – but the Republican majority in the Senate is threatening to ignore the will of her electorate.
They claim that Senator-elect Williams has not lived in the state long enough to be eligible to be a Senator, even though she provided nearly 100 pages of documents and sworn affidavits proving she meets the 4-year requirement. Williams was born in Pennsylvania and has lived here nearly all of her life.
Republicans are saying it’s “convenient” that Senator-elect Williams is able to provide this documentation now, when it’s really just the facts. She filed her petitions last spring, won the primary election and won the general election – fair and square. The constituents of the 38th district picked Williams.
What’s truly “convenient” is that Republicans didn’t make this challenge until she had won her seat in the Senate, just as it’s convenient that they are stealing power all over the country after having lost seats.
We can’t let Pennsylvania be part of this embarrassing national trend. The Pennsylvania Senate must seat Lindsey. She earned the right to do the job.