WASHINGTON D.C. — Local lawmakers have been very vocal on social media about their stance on whether or not they would keep their positions on whether or not to certify votes of the electoral college after unrest at the capitol.
While several members issued statements before Wednesday’s events, we wanted to know how the chaos on the Capitol affected their final decision. We’ve reached out to every one of our local lawmakers and only one was available for an interview.
“All we were supposed to do yesterday was a ministerial duty of accepting the electoral college votes that were taken at state capitols,” said Congressman Steve Cohen.
Congressman Cohen, a Democrat from Memphis, is blaming President Donald Trump a day after a mob charged into the United States Capitol. The riot left a woman dead and more than a dozen people injured.
“This gave an opportunity to send a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol to attack the U.S Congress, to cause loss of property and life that he (President Trump) should be held personally responsible for,” said Cohen.
Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty planned to object to certifying some state’s votes but changed course after the siege. Neither has explained their decision.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi was one of eight senators who objected to votes. In a statement, she said, “it lets me voice the concerns of Mississippians.”
Representative David Kustoff spoke to FOX13 Wednesday night before he voted to block electoral votes from Pennsylvania.
“I was impressed when the capital was secured. The police did a good job here. Law enforcement and the national guard making sure that the capitol was secure,” said Kustoff.
Before Wednesday’s attack, he said in a statement he would object to the certification due to “claims of election irregularities that remain unsolved, including reports of voter fraud, violation of election laws, and the casting of illegal ballots.”
Democrat Bennie Thompson is one of three Mississippi congressmen to certify the votes saying, “As a country, it is time to accept that Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States of America and move on.”
“There’ve been 62 courts that have all said that these lawsuits that were filed had no validity, no facts, and there was no law to support them. Some congresspeople latched on for their political good and made a political issue and spectacle of the capitol,” said Cohen.
Republican Congressmen Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Trent Kelly of Mississippi and Mark Green of Tennessee voted to block votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania.
They are among the members who have not responded to our requests for comment.
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