It wouldn’t be an Iranian election without an American interjection.
As Iranians head to the polls on Friday for parliamentary elections, three Republican congressmen have taken it upon themselves to seek visas from Iran to serve as election monitors. “We’re the perfect people,” Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas told POLITICO, of himself and Lee Zeldin of New York and Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey. “The Iranians should be demanding that we come.”
The trio wrote a letter to go with their visa applications. Addressed to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, it reads like a proclamation from teenagers trolling their Model United Nations chapter. “The primary reason for our visit to Iran is to observe your elections scheduled for February 26, 2016,” they write. “What a historic occasion. We look forward to seeing Iranian democracy in action. It would be a shame if there weren’t any Americans present to validate that the elections were free and fair, for the first time in the clerical regime’s history.”
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