Doug Mastriano says Ron DeSantis courted him for Pennsylvania rally
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'I’m like, are you kidding me? Heck yes.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is again traveling far away from Florida, visiting Ohio and Pennsylvania for campaign stops for out-of-state candidates, under the aegis of the pro-Donald Trump Turning Point USA organization.

If one of those candidates is to be believed, DeSantis’ team actually solicited him for a rally in Pittsburgh Friday evening.

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano told the right-of-center One America News Network that the Governor’s political team sought out Mastriano for the event weeks ago.

“I’m like, are you kidding me? Heck yes,” Mastriano, a state Senator from the Keystone State, told OANN.

This mattered to him, he added, “because my goal as governor of Pennsylvania is to make the Florida of the North because he set the gold standard for the good a Governor can do — leading a state as opposed to what we have in Pennsylvania.”

“Our goal here is, of course, to spotlight Ron DeSantis on his visit here and show us the way Pennsylvania could become under such strong leadership,” he added.

We are still waiting for the Governor’s campaign to respond to these comments.

The “Florida of the North” motif builds upon a similar branding that emerged last week, when DeSantis was rallying for gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and senatorial hopeful Blake Masters in Arizona. Lake enthused about how thrilled she was to be called the “DeSantis of the West.”

The Mastriano rally is the second of the day for DeSantis, following up on another TPUSA Ohio stop for senatorial candidate J.D. Vance.

The national Democratic Party offered a prebuttal message to the rally, continuing to condemn DeSantis for what it asserts are campaign stops with extremist candidates.

“Make no mistake about it — DeSantis, Vance, and Mastriano embody what today’s Republican Party stands for: criminalizing abortion, punishing doctors, and cutting taxes for corporations and the ultra-wealthy at the expense of middle-class families. And if these extreme Republicans win, they’ll bring DeSantis’ failed policies to their states,” asserted DNC Rapid Response Director Ammar Moussa in an email Friday morning.

The Florida Democratic Party Jewish Caucus goes further still, calling on DeSantis to not make the Mastriano stop.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


9 comments

  • PeterH

    August 19, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Fun Fact:

    A win for a wingnut primary candidate like Doug Mastriano does not automatically translate to a win in the November election.

    The GQP has staged many many MAGA celebrity clowns to run for office this election cycle. Many if not all of the important wingnuts will go down in flames on Election Day 2022.

    Republicans are a huge problem in moving America forward. Americans need to get out and vote. Vote ALL REPUBLICANS out of office.

  • Joe Corsin

    August 19, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Yeah put another fascist clown in the game buddy you are all already up to your armpits in dung. Doug Masturbation gonna vote for the rich and not do another damn thing but obstruct and sabotage government to achieve plutocracy.

  • John J Petry

    August 19, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    “Doug Mastriano told the right-of-center One America News Network that the Governor’s political team sought out Mastriano for the event weeks ago.”

    Right-of-center??? WTF? OAN is an extremist right purveyor of false claims, conspiracies, and associated other nonsense. That is a bit more than right-of-center. Mastriano is a far-right extremist who loves to spout Qanon nonsense so I can see OAN supporting him. But neither he nor OAN are anywhere close to sanity.

    • Elliott Offen

      August 19, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      You have to remember by now that anything to the left of Hitler is far left to these nut jobs. They’d rather throw terrorist hordes at democratic processes than do anything for anyone who isn’t rich.

  • David in Shoreline

    August 20, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    No surprise Ron DeSantis is campaigning far and wide. He nearly singlehandedly saved Florida from falling into a Fauciian dystopia. Give him his victory lap. The good Governor will be back in Florida before you know it. And the state is in good hands with Lt. Governor Nunez when DeSantis is traveling.

    • Mr. Haney

      August 21, 2022 at 6:28 am

      Utter garbage. How many people died because DeSantis knows everything?

  • James D

    August 21, 2022 at 4:32 am

    Thank GOD for the Great Gov. Ron DeSantis. I moved to FL from the blue state covid tyranny of WA state and sociopath Gov. Jay Inslee, who tried to force every working person to get the unsafe and ineffective covid jab.

    These smear efforts against Doug Mastriano will backfire. People underestimate how much most voters now disregard the lying corporate media. The only way Mastriano doesn’t win is if there’s another 4am ballot delivery from NY to the TCF center in Detroit.

    • GT

      August 22, 2022 at 4:05 pm

      Because of DeSantis, I’ve actually considered moving to Washington state where I’d have similar housing costs, make 50% more than I do in Florida, not need to pay state income taxes, and have my constitutional freedoms protected.

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