Pa. Senate to swear in Democrat after federal judge rejects GOP challenge

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By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The leader of the state Senate said it will swear in Western Pennsylvania Democrat Jim Brewster on Wednesday.

The move follows last week’s swearing-in ceremony, when Republicans refused to recognize him as the certified winner of that seat over a mail-in ballot dispute.

A federal judge since rejected a request by Brewster’s Republican opponent to throw out disputed mail-in ballots in Allegheny County.

That suit focused on mail-in ballots in Allegheny County that didn’t have a date filled in by the voter on the envelope.

Last week, Senate Republicans refused to swear in Brewster despite the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholding the outcome of the election and the Department of State certifying the results. It quickly sparked a shouting match between party leaders on the Senate floor.