February 21, 2024
Newly elected Speaker Mike Johnson addresses the Home of Representatives after being elected. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Rep. Mike Levin mentioned Wednesday that the election of Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson as Speaker of the Home may very well be “harmful for democracy” due to Johnson’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

“Make no mistake, a Johnson speakership can be disastrous for the American folks and harmful for democracy,” mentioned Levin, a Democrat who represents north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.

“Speaker Johnson enabled the Massive Lie,” mentioned Levin. “By main an amicus transient contesting 2020 election ends in key states, he created a permission construction for rank-and-file Republicans to attempt to overturn the election utilizing arguments too weak even for the conservative Supreme Courtroom. And now, Republicans have handed him the gavel.”

When requested Wednesday whether or not he believed the election was stolen, Johnson declined to reply.

Different members of the San Diego County congressional delegation expressed hope for bipartisan progress on Capitol Hill.

“We agree on little, however I hope he accepts my Democratic colleagues’ and my invitation to place apart political extremism and get to work for the American folks,” mentioned Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat representing coastal San Diego. “We should keep away from a shutdown and help our allies in Israel and Ukraine.”

Johnson, a socially conservative lawyer who opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage, was the fourth Republican candidate for Speaker following the vote to oust California’s Rep. Kevin McCarthy.