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Congressman Scott Perry Takes Charge

It’s official.

Pennsylvania Congressman Scott Perry has been elevated to be chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. He will succeed Arizona’s Congressman Andy Biggs.

Scott Perry has long established himself as an energetic voice both for his Central Pennsylvania district — where I live — and as a leader in the battle for the conservative cause. In a statement after his election as chairman Perry said this, as cited by the York Daily Record’s Candy Woodall of the paper’s Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau:

“For the past six years, I have stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the Freedom Caucus as we have tirelessly fought to hold the line to promote liberty, safety and prosperity for Americans. I am grateful to continue to carry the torch for these champions of freedom.”

And as his constituents know and love (most of us, anyway!), he has guts. A retired Army Brigadier General, Scott was unhesitating in standing up to the questionable election results of 2020 by voting against the certification of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes on January 6th. In fact, our state has a long history of voter fraud as the Congressman well knew. He has pointed to the Democrat-ruled Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that extended the date to receive mail-in ballots — thus changing the rules after the election. Said the Congressman:

Send the results “back to the legislature. We either have a process we can trust or we don’t. We can’t have different rules for voting.” And of the charge that Republicans in the state legislature are trying to restrict voting, he emphatically says this is a “ridiculous claim,” adding in an interview with Lancaster’s WGAL NBC affiliate: “The majority of the people regardless of political affiliation want these integrity issues solved.”

Exactly right.

As I have repeatedly documented in this space, as here, Pennsylvania, as Scott knows full well, has a long, sordid history of voter fraud. As I pointed out:

In the 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, and 2008 elections, not to mention back there in the dinosaur age of 1994, there were repeated examples of voter fraud in Pennsylvania. All seriously documented.

(The 1994 episode had a federal judge actually overturn a special election for a Philadelphia State Senate Seat because of what the judge called “a massive scheme” by Democrats to steal the election.)

And, of course, there have been indictments and convictions for voter fraud in the state, as seen, for example, in this statement from the then-United States Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania in May of 2020. The headline of the Justice Department press release reads:

Former Philadelphia Judge of Elections Convicted of Conspiring to Violate Civil Rights and Bribery

There have been other indictments for voter fraud in Pennsylvania as well. Only last month Philadelphia Magazine reported there has been yet another indictment for voter fraud in Pennsylvania.

It is precisely because the Congressman understood the voter fraud issue in our state that he had the courage to introduce the Justice Department’s then acting Civil Division assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark to then-President Trump. This has enraged the corrupt House January 6 Committee that is 100 percent filled with Trump haters and is determined to carry on its role as a political lynch mob. And, but of course, Perry’s role in introducing Clark to Trump has infuriated the Committee’s allies in the media.

But Scott Perry is nothing if not a profile in courage, willing to stand up for election integrity regardless of the blowback. It is exactly that willingness to stand for principle — election integrity in the case of his January 6th vote opposing the certification of Pennsylvania’s electoral vote — that has doubtless played a role in his selection as the new chair of the House Freedom Caucus.

The mission statement of the Freedom Caucus reads:

The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.

All of which gives every reason for Congressman Scott Perry’s new role as Caucus chairman.

As America heads into the holiday season, politics will simmer on a back burner. But as the 2022 elections arrive, there is no question Congressman Scott Perry will be front and center in the battle for freedom.

The Freedom Caucus can be congratulated on their choice.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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