Guthrie issues statement on Electoral College vote count 1

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, pictured speaking in Grayson County, released a statement on this week’s Congressional Electoral College vote count.

Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) released the following statement Wednesday night regarding the Electoral College vote count in Congress.

“I took my first oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution when I was 19 years old as cadet at West Point,” said Guthrie. “It’s the same oath that I took this week when I was sworn in to serve Kentuckians in the Second District. During this debate on whether to accept Electors, I have been carefully listening to all sides and reading and rereading the 12th Amendment of the Constitution. Just as the 1st Amendment provides the right to free speech and the 2nd Amendment the right to bear arms, the 12th Amendment specifies the role of Congress with the Electoral College, which is to ‘open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.’ Before the votes from the Electors are presented to Congress, votes are legally certified according to the rules and processes of each state legislature. Therefore, Congress has no authority to reject these votes. Rather, state legislative bodies have the authority, and the majority of states in question have Republican-led state legislatures. However, not one state legislative body has submitted an alternate slate of Electors. Therefore, I feel bound by the 12th Amendment to accept Electors that have been ‘sign[ed] and certif[ied], and transmit[ted] sealed to the seat of the government.’ My duty to the Constitution is the same today as a Member of Congress as it was when I was a new cadet at West Point, and today I believe I upheld my duty to the Constitution.”

Excerpt from the 12th Amendment“The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;-the President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;-The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President…”

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Jim Porter

During the first impeachment trial of Trump I saw our representative Brett Guthrie prostate himself on the alter of the Trump cult. It was very sad to see the man embarrass himself in such an obsequious way.

He stated, “After months of wasting House time on partisan investigations they (the Democrats) were unable to produce evidence of Trump committing a crime.” I realize that it’s been a while ago but has Guthrie already forgotten the three years of sham Benghazi hearings he and his republican colleagues put on that resulted in no indictments and no convictions and, in fact, found no wrong doing at all? Talk about a waste of time! Look at all the indictments and convictions of republican criminals that Democrats have gotten over the past few months!

And as far as committing a crime Guthrie may not regard bribery and extortion as crimes but I certainly do! But to me the biggest crime is Trump’s total subservience and kowtowing to the ruler of the country that has 6,000 nuclear warheads aimed at us, namely Russia. As a former Army officer assigned to NATO I would have thought Guthrie would have disapproved of disrespecting our European Allies and deserting the Kurdish people; but I guess I was giving Guthrie too much credit.

He then said that he “looked forward to getting back to business on behalf of Kentuckians” implying that, because of the impeachment proceedings, no house business was getting done. Actually nothing could be further from the truth. The house has been passing legislation that would benefit all Kentuckians, but there is a problem: Nothing is getting passed in the Senate. Currently there are some 400 bills figuratively stacked up on Moscow Mitch McConnell’s desk. But nothing is getting past “the grim reaper!” That is nothing besides Reich wing Federalist Society judges. That appears to be the only thing McConnell cares about.

So Representative Guthrie spoke for only 30 seconds but he managed to pack three lies into that period. I’m sure Trump is proud of him!

This all occurred during the first impeachment trial of Donald Trump. I am happy to see that, at long last, Guthrie is able to dare risk the wrath of the president even though he has, at most, 10 more days in office. And what did he do to enrage the Lumbering Colossus? He did not vote against the final validation of the election of Joe Biden. A race that wasn't even close. Biden won by over 7 million popular votes and he won the electoral college by 306 to 232. I don't think that it required a profile in courage on Guthrie's part to fail to object to a factual event although some 150 of his republican colleagues were unable (or unwilling) to do so. Nevertheless I will congratulate him on (at long last) having the cojones to stand up to Trump. Better late than never I suppose.

Hank Linderman

Wow, how courageous of you Congressman Guthrie to share your thoughts 4 days AFTER January 6th! What about Trump's actions on Wednesday, do you approve or disapprove? Will you vote in favor of impeachment? Are you in favor of applying the 25th amendment to Trump? Have you asked Trump to resign? While we're at it, any comments on the $4.4 million PPP loan your company got? Is this the largest PPP loan to any company owned by an American government official? How about the articles on getsludge.com that suggest you are using your committee assignments to benefit your company?

I wonder why WBKO, the Bowling Green Daily News and the Messenger-Inquirer don't ask you any of these questions. Maybe they should also ask about what appears to be a massive increase in your net worth since entering Congress. According to Sludge, you've gone from less than $422k when you entered Congress to $7.6 million as of 2017. What is your net worth now, after that ginormous PPP loan?

Rural America has a huge legislative advantage in Congress, which means we should already have Rural Broadband and Rural hospitals that stay open, real support for farmers and other working people. We don't, because instead of taking care of citizens, legislators like Guthrie take care of themselves and their contributors first. Brett went to Congress to do good, and he has done very very well, for himself.

To the Messenger-Inquirer, you can do a much better job than this.

Best...Hank Linderman

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