Scoop: Trump leans toward endorsing Doug Mastriano for Pa. governor

Source: Axios | May 13, 2022 | Jonathan SwanSophia Cai

Former President Trump is leaning strongly toward endorsing highly controversial Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano for governor, according to three sources familiar with his private deliberations.

Why it matters: Mastriano — who was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 — has gone beyond trying to help Trump overturn the 2020 election. He’s proposed defying Pennsylvania’s popular vote outcome and spoke at an event last month that promoted QAnon conspiracies.

What we’re watching: Democrats are salivating because they see him as beatable in a general election even in a political environment that’s extremely favorable to Republicans. Leading Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro even ran an ad highlighting Mastriano in the primary contest.

– With time running out before Tuesday’s primaries, Republicans are panicking about the prospect of such a polarizing candidate with limited appeal leading the ticket and are mounting a last-ditch effort to stop him, as Politico first reported.

– Others in the Republican gubernatorial contest include former Rep. Lou Barletta, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain and businessman Dave White.


Between the lines: Trump is worried about his endorsed Senate candidate Dr. Oz losing, according to two sources familiar with the situation, so his endorsement of Mastriano could be a way of hedging his bets on Tuesday.


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    Of course, Trump would endorse Mastriano. He’s probably the most loyal of all Trumpys. Mastriano has tried to nullify the PA vote in the 2020 election, tried to redraw voting districts in favor of Republicans and has some involvement in 1/6. More important today is that he is working hard to disenfranchise certain voters that tend to vote Democrat by making it more difficult for them to vote. Like most Republicans, he is dedicated to installing Trump as dictator in 2024 and he will do so by any means necessary, legal or illegal.

    PA has a largely Republican legislature, but till now, a Democrat governor who routinely vetoes any malevolent GOP legislations. However, the current governor has reached his term limit and cannot run again. The Democrats have fielded one candidate — Josh Shapiro, the current state AG who, among other things, successfully fought off various legal challenges by Trump and his cohorts to nullify the 2020 election. I don’t agree with Josh on many issues, but just for saving our vote in 2020 and his promise to fight any attempt to fix future elections in the GOP’s favor, it is imperative that he win the governor race in PA this November.

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