Earlier today, Pennsylvania State Senate Republicans refused to seat Democratic State Sen. Jim Brewster, who won re-election for the state Senate in November.
Republicans also forcefully removed the Democratic lieutenant governor John Fetterman from presiding over the session after he insisted on swearing in Brewster.
Brewster’s Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli, is asking a federal judge to throw out the election results based on a dispute over several hundred mail ballots counted that lacked a handwritten date on an outer envelope, as required by state law. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowed those ballots to be counted, resulting in Brewster’s victory.
Chaos and shouting in the Pennsylvania State Senate as the Republican majority refuses to swear in a Democratic senator and votes to remove Lt. Gov. @JohnFetterman (D-PA) from presiding over the session.
Watch the wild exchange: pic.twitter.com/WSNQe56yBK
— The Recount (@therecount) January 5, 2021
Sen. Vince Hughes of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee said “with this reckless, out-of-control, cowboy-like behavior, with this Trumpian behavior that we saw today from Republicans … this does not bode well. It does not bode well for the people of Pennsylvania.”