Congressman Mike Kelly's office denies sending alternate Trump elector list to VP Pence
A spokesman for a U.S. Congressman representing Mercer County and other parts of northwestern Pennsylvania is denying claims that Republican Representative Mike Kelly’s office supplied an aide to then-Vice President Mike Pence with a slate of alternate electors during former President Trump’s alleged effort to remain in power.
According to an NBC News report, after the Jan. 6 Committee revealed the text message exchange earlier this week, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he didn't know where the alternate slate of electors came from.
But in an interview with a local conservative radio show on Thursday, Johnson said he was able to "refresh" his memory.
"We found out how this came from Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly’s office. We couldn’t even remember who delivered this to us," Johnson said. "We didn’t know what it was, we thought it was documents involved in the electors. Once we got it, again I didn’t know it, I was probably already up in the Senate. OK? So they found out they were the alternate slate of electors. Not only from Wisconsin but from Michigan, which is odd. You know."
Matt Knoedler, Kelly's press secretary issued the following statement to 21 News denying having anything to do with the alternate slate of electors:
"Senator Johnson's statements about Representative Kelly are patently false. Mr. Kelly has not spoken to Sen. Johnson for the better part of a decade, and he has no knowledge of the claims Mr. Johnson is making related to the 2020 election."
Shortly after the 2020 election, Rep. Kelly spearheaded an attempt to stop Pennsylvania from finalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state. The effort was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.