Shouting match erupts in Pa. Senate over election

Shouting match erupts in Pa. Senate over election
Shouting match erupts in Pa. Senate over election

A swearing-in ceremony in the Pennsylvania Senate devolved into a shouting match Tuesday when a Republican majority blocked a Democratic incumbent from being sworn in because his GOP challenger disputed the election results. (Jan. 5)

Video Transcript
JAKE CORMAN: –I’d ask that no member thinking about seating Senate district 45, please remove themselves from the rostrum.

– Senator Brewster is the skilled victor of his district.

– We’re ready?

– If you wish, please place your remaining side on the Bible and increase your right–

JAKE CORMAN: –they said the judge will stop. The judge will stop until– we can not swear anybody in before gentleman from the 45th district removes himself from the rostrum.

ANTHONY WILLIAMS: Mr. President–

JAKE CORMAN: The couch has ruled–

ANTHONY WILLIAMS: Mr. President–

JAKE CORMAN: The chair has ruled, because the results were not read, that–

ANTHONY WILLIAMS: The results were read, because I read them. And they are area of the record, because I read them. And the record is accurate! If there’s anything that I read that was left out, intentionally kept out–

JAKE CORMAN: –cannot proceed–

ANTHONY WILLIAMS: Then you should acknowledge that, and tell how it was inappropriately left out.

JAKE CORMAN: –cannot proceed–

ANTHONY WILLIAMS: It was read, it was appropriate–

JAKE CORMAN: –until the gentlemen removes himself from the rostrum.

ANTHONY WILLIAMS: It had been a proper certification. And therefore, he’s in fact in an appropriate location to be sworn in today. Thank you.

JAKE CORMAN: The couch has ruled. Anyone gets the right to charm the chair’s ruling, if indeed they so desire. However the seat has ruled.

ANTHONY WILLIAMS: The seat is behind you.

JAKE CORMAN: We cannot proceed– We can not carry on with any swearing in, and we’ll go on with the rest of our business about swearing anyone in, if that’s the choice.

– Mr. Leader. Well, I thing to the way in which in which were conducting this technique today significantly. It really is clear that all folks who love the establishment of the Senate are uncomfortable in the manner that we’re proceeding. But most significantly, the gentleman involved is uncomfortable, and he needs to ensure that those who are certified and will be sworn in, whether Republicans or Democrats, are part of a group. Which group, he wishes to make sure enjoy the good thing about today and carry on ahead. So for those reasons, the gentleman has made a decision to permit the process to proceed without him. And we certainly want to respect him and the way in which in which he’s conducting himself.