Republican Senator Doug Mastriano, who was on Capitol Hill during the January 6 uprising, is set to run for governor of Pennsylvania.
During an appearance online over the weekend, Mastriano, 57, R-Franklin, said he’s hit his fundraising goal to officially become a gubernatorial candidate and is holding a rally. announced on January 8 near his home in south-central Pennsylvania.
Mastriano helped spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and led opponents of pandemic-related shutdowns, as well as vaccine and mask mandates. He led the anti-mask protests and advocated overturning the election in favor of the former President Donald Trump. Regarding his appearance at the Capitol uprising, he maintained his innocence and was not charged. Democratic Party member called for his resignation.
He is the third state senator to seek the nomination among many Republican Party member to be able to succeed Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat. As for Democrats, second-term state Attorney General Josh Shapiro seems the obvious candidate.
Mastriano touts himself as an anti-establishment candidate. He often calls other politicians corrupt and says many Republicans are not conservative enough.
In one Facebook video over the weekend, he said other Republicans would “lie, cheat, and steal” to defeat a “people’s governor” and suggested other candidates would not be able to have a contest. protest to start their candidacy due to unpopularity.
“Nearly all of the other 17 or 18 candidates were Republican, it was a press release like one of the other candidates did, or another individual spoke to a reporter from one of the libertarian,” Mastriano told a conservative interviewer Saturday online.
Mastriano was elected for the first time Senate in 2019 from a solidly pro-Trump area after retiring as a colonel from the US Army and losing an eight-way primary for an open congressional seat.
Mastriano has long been vague about the likelihood that he will run, even said last year that Trump had “ask me to run” for governor.
He has boasted of having spoken to Trump at least 15 times and held an election hearing in Gettysburg that featured Trump’s lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani, and a phone call from Trump.
Mastriano in July launch a “forensic investigation” Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election, mimicking a widespread criticism partisan effort in Arizona before he stripped him of his Senate committee chair by a rival for the governor’s nomination, Pro Tempore Senate President Jake Corman, in a dispute over how to run it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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