Never Trumpers Unite Against Mastriano
By Dr. Robert Sklaroff
The 3 Most Important Races in the Midterms are for the governorships in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin; Doug Mastriano is running an ethical/populist campaign. Customarily, input from PoliticsPA is “laundered” so that the content is emphasized; here, however, it’s desirable to note how word-choice reflects its lib-bias by providing its summaries intact.
Craig Snyder, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, is leading a group of centrist Republicans that have formed a political action committee that opposes GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano.
Republicans4Shapiro was established last Wednesday and is chaired by former U.S. Rep. Jim Greenwood, who organized a similar effort to oppose then-President Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in 2020.
Its website states “The Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano, is an extremist, far outside the mainstream of the PA Republican Party which has given the Commonwealth and the Country outstanding leaders like Governors Dick Thornburgh and Tom Ridge.”
· PA GOP Players Form Pro-Shapiro PAC to Buck ‘Unacceptable” Mastriano. Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano will have to fend off attacks from many Democratic groups on the way to November and he can now add a GOP-backed political action committee to the list. (PennLive)
· An Anti-Trump Group Is Back For The Midterms. The group, the Republican Accountability PAC, plans to spend at least $10 million to beat candidates who embrace Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election. (New York Times)
The Republican Accountability PAC is putting $2 million behind a campaign in Pennsylvania to convince voters – especially those who may have broken with Donald Trump in 2020 – that they should do the same with Doug Mastriano, the GOP state senator who is up against Democrat Josh Shapiro in the fall election.
This PAC frames itself as a frontline fighter against “anti-democracy candidates” across the country, and insists that “Trump loyalists in today’s GOP must be held accountable,” according to the main text on its website.
“We are going to be playing heavily in this state,” Gunner Ramer, political director for the PAC, said. He called Mastriano a “clear threat to our democracy” who denied the legitimacy of the 2020 election. The PAC has played a role in several GOP primary victories, including Brad Raffensperger’s win over the Trump-backed candidate, Jody Hice, in the Georgia secretary of state race, according to The New York Times.
· Never-Trump Group Reveals Midterm Plans, Days After Never-Biden Group Announces 2024 Plans. “The Republican Accountability PAC, a never-Trump group, plans to spend around $10 million in the upcoming midterms against Trump-endorsed candidates and those who believe the 2020 election was stolen, while a group of anti-Biden Democrats are gearing up to fight against the president’s potential re-election effort.” (Fox News)
· GOP Candidate for PA Gov. Mastriano Paid $5,000 to the Website Used by the Tree of Life Shooter. “Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano’s campaign for governor in Pennsylvania paid $5,000 for “consulting services” to Gab, a social media platform that provides a home for conspiracy theories and antisemitic content. Gab is the website used by Robert Bowers, who is charged with killing 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill in 2018. Bowers routinely posted antisemitic content on Gab before the shooting, according to archives of the posts.” (WESA)
Lancaster-based Penn Cinema canceled the première of the ‘blockbuster’ film, “Return of the American Patriot: The Rise of Pennsylvania,” which featured prominent right-wing PA figures, including GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano. A “backup location” was announced 24 hours before Saturday’s opening.
Austin Davis, the state’s Dem nominee for lieutenant governor, is facing heat over a series of tweets from more than a decade ago, around the time Davis attended college, that appear to make derogatory statements about women and the LGBTQ community. But the criticism is from Mastriano who has peddled conspiracy theories about elections and Islam, and who has shared content boosting the QAnon movement. [The last point was tacked onto the leftie piece gratuitously and, of course, incorrectly, reflecting bias.]
Photos were taken by Liz Diehl at Friday’s PA-GOP Convention Dinner; during his speech, Mastriano claimed secret Dem support, counterpointing opposition by RINOs. Naturally, the Inqy endorsed the latter [With democracy at risk, some Pa. GOP leaders wisely break with one of their own | Editorial]; one can anticipate this drumbeat won’t cease.
Dr. Sklaroff is a resident of Montgomery County and practices oncology and hematology in Philadelphia.