Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville defies Mitch McConnell, opens door to Electoral College challenge in Senate

Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville defies Mitch McConnell, opens door to Electoral College challenge in Senate. By Chris Pandolfo.

Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) indicated this week that he may challenge the Electoral College votes from several key battleground states in the U.S. Senate in defiance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). …

The congressional procedure for accepting a state’s Electoral College results can be slowed considerably if one member of the House and one member of the Senate each object to recording the electoral votes of a state.

Should objections be raised, each house of Congress will be forced to debate for two hours and then hold a floor vote on whether to accept the results. In the event that the Democratic-controlled House votes one way and the Republican-controlled Senate votes another way, the tie is broken by the governor’s certification in the disputed state.

Rep. Brooks has been leading the charge to challenge the results of the Electoral College in Congress.

“I find it unfathomable that anyone would acquiesce to election theft and voter fraud because they lack the courage to take a difficult vote on the House or Senate floor,” Brooks told Politico in an interview. “Last time I checked, that’s why we were elected to Congress.”

So far it’s been unclear that any GOP senators would join Brooks and his House colleagues. Sen. McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, on Tuesday warned Republican senators on a private conference call that challenging the Electoral College would result in a “terrible vote” because they would have to vote the challenge down and appear to side against President Donald Trump.

Rand Paul too? By Breck Dumas.

Paul went on to argue, “The fraud happened. The election in many ways was stolen, and the only way it will be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws.” …

Sen. Paul’s remarks sparked speculation over whether he might be considering challenging the Electoral College votes next month when Congress meets to certify the election for Biden, an action that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a call earlier this week reportedly urged GOP members not to do.

When asked about the prospect by CNN, Paul replied, “I haven’t thought about it, or made any plans to do anything.”

hat-tip Charles