Pennsylvania GOP state senators' refusal to seat Democrat leads to chaotic ceremony

The Pennsylvania Senate’s swearing-in ceremony devolved into a chaotic scene on Tuesday when state GOP senators refused to seat a Democratic member who had won reelection and seized control of the proceedings from the Democratic lieutenant governor after his objections.

Republicans in the chamber made a motion to not seat state Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster, whose narrow win in November is being challenged by his GOP opponent. The Pennsylvania Department of State has confirmed his win.
When Democratic Lt. 政府. John Fetterman objected to the motioninsisting that Brewster be sworn inthe state GOP took the rare step of seizing control of the proceedings from him.
The scene drew swift backlash from Democrats across the state, including Gov. 汤姆·沃尔夫, who said in a 声明, “This is a shameful power grab that disgraces the institution.
    It is simply unethical and undemocratic to leave the district without a voice simply because the Republicans don’t like the outcome of the election. Voters, not Harrisburg politicians, decided this election, 和森. Brewster is the rightful winner,” Wolf said.
    All ballots were counted and certified, and the results are accurate. 它的. Brewster received the most votes in this race and should be sworn in as the Senator for the 45th District. There is no precedent, and no legal rationale, for failing to do so,” 他加了.
    The state Republicanscase for not sitting Brewster rests on a lawsuit filed by his opponent, Nicole Ziccarelli. She is seeking to overturn her election loss through the removal of some Allegheny County mail-in ballots that didn’t include handwritten dates on their outer declaration envelopes.
      It’s unclear how long the state GOP plans to keep Brewster’s seat empty.
      这是一个突破性的故事,将进行更新.

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