DNC Chair Calls for Iowa Caucus to be Completely Recanvassed Amidst Chaos and Calamity
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez wants Iowa Democratic officials to recanvass the state’s entire caucus after Monday’s display turned into a national embarrassment and disgrace.
“Enough is enough,” Perez said in a tweet. “In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”
A recanvassing would stretch out the proceedings even longer, but it could reveal some discrepancies in the vote total. It would require caucus worksheets and reporting sheets to be audited by hand in order to ensure they were correct, at least theoretically.
It has been nearly three days since the Iowa caucuses were completed, but the results are not yet fully known. Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is keeping his lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont by an extremely narrow margin with 97 percent of the results being reported. It is still up for grabs at this point.
Nevertheless, Buttigieg declared himself the winner on caucus night before any totals had been released, which sparked a great deal of controversy.
“So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation,” he said on Monday night while addressing his supporters in Des Moines. “Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”
“We brought together an extraordinary coalition of Americans, progressives, moderates … and future former Republicans. And that’s how we’re going to win in November, because it’s about adding people to our cause, adding to our majority,” Buttigieg boasted.
“We have exactly one shot to defeat Donald Trump. We’re not going to do it by overreaching, we’re not going to do it by dividing, we’re not going to do it by saying ‘it’s my way or the highway,’ ” he added.
However, it may not have been Buttigieg’s coalition-building skills that gave him the edge in Iowa. It may have been dirty tactics at the caucus level and connections with the firm that designed the voter app that was reportedly the cause for all this mayhem.
Footage produced from a precinct caucus shows an official seemingly looking at the coin after flipping it and then turning it in a certain manner to award delegates to Buttigieg:
This is some wildly shady stuff. https://t.co/2ADxB10ktz
— Rebeccah Heinrichs (@RLHeinrichs) February 4, 2020
In addition, Buttigieg’s campaign paid tens of thousands of dollars last year to Shadow, Inc., the tech firm with extensive ties to the Democrat establishment that developed the malfunctioning app causing the Iowa caucus to devolve into a farce for Democrats. Pete for America, Inc. is listed as giving two payments of $21,250 to Shadow in July 2019.
Shadow is a tech project of ACRONYM. Free speech platform Gab noted that ACRONYM founder and CEO Tara McGowan is a huge Buttigieg supporter, as evidenced by her social media posts:
A recanvassing may help straighten out some of the confusion, or perhaps deliberate rigging, of the Iowa caucus vote. But with Democrats in charge, there could possibly be even more hijinx and folly to emerge from the recanvassing effort as well.