Maryland’s lawmakers weigh-in on GOP’s plan to block Biden’s win

Maryland’s lawmakers weigh-in on GOP’s plan to block Biden’s win

President-elect Joe Biden (D) addresses the nation on Nov. 7 (Screenshot)

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Maryland’s lawmakers are divided over whether a plan by Republicans in Congress to oppose the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump has any merit.

On Wednesday, Jan. 6 the electoral votes from the Nov. 3 contest will be counted in a joint session of Congress. At least 140 House Republicans are expected to object to Biden’s win as are at least 12 Senate Republicans. The Constitution requires that a senator sign-on to an objection by a House member in order for that objection to be heard and debated. It is considered extremely unlikely that the plan to oppose Biden’s win will have any affect on the outcome of the election and it may only result in a delay of certification by just a few hours.

On Dec. 14, the Electoral College met and affirmed 306 votes for Biden and 232 votes for Trump. The president has consistently claimed without evidence that massive voter fraud took place and he has launched more than 40 unsuccessful legal challenges aimed at overturning the outcome of the election.

Gov. Larry Hogan in a statement on Sunday blasted GOP attempts to block Biden’s win, calling it a “scheme” that “makes a mockery” of America’s democratic system.

So, is Hogan correct?  Or is the issue slightly more complicated than it seems?

“No. It’s not a mockery,” Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (R-Baltimore County) told MarylandReporter.com on Monday. “There’s many cases of fraud out there. People are not just making this up. And for people to wear blinders: ‘I’m sorry that you don’t want to see the truth.'”

Salling, who ran for Congress last year, elaborated on that point.

“This is a case where it (fraud) has been so bad and so obvious that the mainstream media does not want to talk about it. Other people just want to ignore it and move on. And it’s sad. I think it needs to be talked about. I think it needs to be taken care of. And I don’t think it ever needs to happen again. And I think there needs to be accountability.”

Del. Brian Chisholm (R-Anne Arundel) said that he too believes the process to oppose certification has merit.

“I still believe that there’s 73 to 74 million people that feel as though the election was unfair. And there are still many statistical anomalies. I think that it (the process) will hopefully put some of this to rest and more importantly set precedents for our future elections.”

Chisholm added: “I think that the statistical anomalies are hard to shy away from…Barack Obama was one of the most popular presidents at least in my lifetime. And now to hear that someone (Biden) who never really came out and campaigned…who really doesn’t have a lot of energy and had 14 million more people vote for him than for Barack Obama-that’s where it gets odd to me.”

But Sen. Cory McCray (D-Baltimore City) disagreed.

“I think that the governor is on the right page with this. The election has been decided.”

McCray said he has not seen any evidence of widespread voter fraud.

“No. Not at all. I think that our elections, especially in the state of Maryland were held in the right manner.”

About The Author

Bryan Renbaum

Bryan@MarylandReporter.com

Reporter Bryan Renbaum served as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for Talk Media News for the past three-and-a-half years, filing print, radio and video reports on the Senate and the House of Representatives. He covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also filed breaking news reports on the 2017 shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Previously Bryan broke multiple stories with the Baltimore Post-Examiner including sexual assault scandals at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a texting scandal on the women’s lacrosse team at that school for which he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also covered the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session as an intern for Maryland Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McDaniel College. If you have additional questions or comments contact Bryan at: bryan@marylandreporter.com

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