Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) on Tuesday dismissed some Democrats’ call to unseat him and other Republican representatives from Congress because they supported the Texas lawsuit challenging the election results in four key states.
“The notion that after the people voted for me that I couldn’t sit in, you know, the House of Representatives, that you would literally disenfranchise my voters in my district is an absurd notion,” Van Drew told Fox News.
“I guess it’s because we support the president. And I guess it’s because we were worried about election integrity,” he added. “Regardless of the issue with the president, we need to ensure that we have the highest level of integrity in our elections.”
“The important issue here is this: certain states changed their election laws, changed the way they went about voting, in a very serious and significant way, without the legislature meeting and the legislature voting on it. That’s unconstitutional. It’s not legal.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also joined other Republicans on Friday, urging the Supreme Court to hear the case. The court rejected Texas’s lawsuit for lack of standing later that day.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) wrote on Dec. 11 (pdf) to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), calling on them to refuse to seat the 126 Republican representatives who signed onto the Texas lawsuit.
“Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress,” Pascrell wrote, citing Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. He claimed the lawsuits “attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each member swears to support and defend.”
New Jersey Atlantic County Democratic Committee Chairman Michael Suleiman also called on Pelosi to unseat Van Drew.
“Trying to overturn the results of the presidential election because one’s candidate lost has significantly harmed our democracy,” Suleiman said in a statement. “Congressman Van Drew has lost all credibility to represent us in Washington and should not be seated.”
On Dec. 19, 2019, Van Drew publicly announced his decision to switch his party from Democratic to Republican.
Van Drew won his reelection in November, receiving 52 percent of the votes in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District.