It’s not surprising that a Democrat politician would exploit a loophole to win elections.
We are still dealing today with the aftermath of the 2020 election. This includes the exceptions to how people vote that were made in the name of the pandemic. Many of the new voting laws that have been in the news lately in Florida, Texas, and Georgia were designed to repeal the rules that were allowed due to COVID outbreaks. This will prevent those looser standards from being codified.
This tendency to abuse is also reflected in an additional allowance made for the viral epidemic. It is one where at least one legislator is using the loophole in his bid for the midterm election.
Florida Democrat Rep. Charlie Crist is trying to regain his place in the governor’s house in Tallahassee. In what is regarded to be a futile attempt to unseat Ron DeSantis. Crist has largely abdicated responsibility in D.C. and Nancy Pelosi can thank for this.
The House Speaker adopted the new policy in the summer of 2020. This was contrary to two-centuries-old requirements that House members had to vote in person. In the interest of COVID safety, the new rule allowed a single member of the chamber to vote by proxy on behalf of up 10 other members. This provision was allowed to remain in place despite the relaxed policies and GOP challenges. Pelosi extended the proxy rule once more, this time to May. This was in no way to ensure the safety of the members, but to save their seats.
Crist is an excellent example of why the Speaker raised this rule. Crist’s 2022 record is quite impressive. He has not missed one vote in the House this year, according to the official record. It is even more impressive when you consider that he is actively campaigning for the state of Florida. It isn’t impressive when you look at another piece of data. Crist was in Washington, D.C. for less than a week this year.
Crist, instead of voting in the best interests of his constituents, has been spending a lot of time campaigning for his own personal gain. Crist only voted in-person a fraction of the 125 votes he registered in the Congressional records.
Crist was present for 18 votes over the course of March 2, March 3, March 8, and March 9. Crist’s colleagues have cast the rest of the Florida Democrat’s votes on his behalf while he has skipped the trek to the nation’s capital.
Charlie’s office has even admitted that he is not ill and is taking precautions due to pre-existing conditions. It was more confusing when it was asked if Crist participated at all in hearings or committee briefings. A spokesperson for Crist said that he could not provide a video recording of Crist remotely attending hearings.
Crist’s apparent reliance on the House’s convenient proxy provision is a clear indication that Pelosi’s moves are geared towards November’s election and the Democrats’ dire prospects at the polls. It is clear that her decision to continue to allow remote voting, despite protocol falling by the wayside, must be seen as an attempt to retain as many seats as possible. She will bend or fracture the rules to keep any number of seats, if necessary.
You can clearly see the game plan when you look at those who take advantage of this rule. The top names of the politicians who have relied on the remote vote allowance the most are all Democrats. It is quite telling that the party which is most vocally opposed to laws regarding voting is willing to alter Congressional history to make it easier for its members to run — in a desperate attempt to maintain control.