Rep. Harper impressed with Trump picks so far

Harper said he’s pleased Trump is considering retired Gen. David Patraeus as secretary of state and his former House colleagues Jeff Miller and Randy Forbes as picks to run Veterans Affairs and the Navy, respectively….

…Harper criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for joining in Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s attempt to recount votes in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. He said neither candidate stands a chance of overturning the results of Trump’s win, but want to muddy the water, delay a final electoral vote and score political points before Trump takes office.

“I thought that Hillary Clinton had conceded the election, but now she is joining the effort of a third-party candidate that got — what — a percentage point of the vote?” Harper said. “It’s pretty obvious what the intent of the Democratic Party is … If three states cannot do their recount in time to declare, then you could technically say that Donald Trump didn’t get to 306 (electoral votes) … and portray this, and generate a story that what happened is, he didn’t get the popular vote, didn’t get the electoral vote and it will go to House of Representatives for the first time since 1824 and, yes, he’ll be president, but not really … That’s the Democrats’ intent.”

Clarion Ledger