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Doug Mastriano, A Confederate Uniform, And The Lame Press

The real reason for histrionic media anxiety was buried in the Times story. "Mr. Mastriano, if elected in November, would appoint Pennsylvania's top elections official."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Unite and Win Rally in support of Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano at the Wyndham Hotel on August 19, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his visit to the state, DeSantis urged Republican voters to stand behind Doug Mastriano. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

A few days ago, Reuters broke a story about Doug Mastriano, the conservative Republican aspirant for the Pennsylvania governor's race. The New York Times saw it fit to ask Maggie Astor from its National Desk to write a piece. CNN, Business Insider, and the Philadelphia Inquirer all piled on.

Mastriano's offense was that he posed for a faculty photo at the Army War College, where he worked in 2014, in a Confederate uniform. Mastriano, who came into the Left's crosshairs because he questioned numerous state officials about their conduct during the 2020 election, won the Republican nomination in the summer to challenge Democrat Joe Shapiro. Worse, he had won Trump's endorsement.

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