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Corman Slams Mastriano, Taps Dush to Lead Election Review

It appears state Sen. Doug Mastriano’s (R-Franklin) quest to lead a “forensic audit” of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania has come to a close.

On Friday, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Centre) penned a letter slamming Mastriano’s recent actions into conducting an investigation of the results from the previous presidential election in the state, while calling on state Sen. Chris Dush (R-Jefferson) to lead a “thorough review of the election.”

“It is deeply disappointing that Senator Mastriano has retreated from conducting a forensic investigation of the election in Pennsylvania, and it is discouraging to realize that he was only ever interested in politics and showmanship and not actually getting things done,” Corman wrote. 

“Despite this setback, we remain committed to conducting a full investigatory audit of recent elections to improve our election system going forward,” Corman continued. “We need someone to lead this effort who is more interested in real results than grandstanding at rallies.”

Corman continues to call on Dush to lead the effort, while also taking shots at Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration. 

“We remain committed to an open, honest review that will lead to positive changes to restore the public’s faith in our elections,” Corman writes at the end of the letter.

For the past few months, Mastriano had become a leading voice of the push for an “Arizona-style” election investigation in Pennsylvania. 

In early June, Mastriano, Dush, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), visited Arizona and also stated their support for auditing the results in the Keystone State.

Just days after the three GOP state lawmakers visited Arizona, former President Donald Trump called upon Pennsylvania Republicans to conduct an “audit,” like their counterparts in Maricopa, Arizona.

The election audit process, like the one being conducted in Maricopa, Arizona, has been described by nonpartisan election experts and even some local GOP officials as haphazard and misleading. 

In July, Mastriano requested access to voting materials from Philadelphia, Tioga, and York counties to conduct a “forensic investigation,” however, all three counties rejected.

Mastriano made headlines on Thursday when he took to Facebook Live and claimed that his cause for a “forensic audit” had “been weakened and diminished” due to the “powers that be,” according to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

Mastriano later deleted that video, although he took his message to conservative news outlet, One American News Network, later on Thursday to accuse Republican leaders of preventing him from conducting the investigation.

10 Responses

  1. Doug, wipe that shit eating grin off your face! The guy can’t win a war or a recount! He is a narcissistic tool bag!

  2. Everyone, including the media, is missing the problems the County Commissioners Association (bi-partisan) brought up in their recommendations for needed election changes following the pandemic plagued rush to mail in ballots in the 2020 election. Would our Senators and Representatives please, just talk to the people conducting the elections! This is not rocket science!

  3. Senator Corman. You know the answer is simple. You lost the last election. You lost the last Governorship after holding a four year term with Gov Corbett. You also know that auditing an election that already has been certified that also was litigated in federal court and found satisfactory is pandering to the base politics. You want to stop PSU from mandating vaccination. You want to audit an reflection that has been overly litigated and certified. Your leadership will lose your party a Senate seat in DC. You will lose the Governorship. Trying to be more Trump than Mastriano is not going to win elections.

  4. So now Mastriano is not crazy enough for Corman? Or is Corman worried that Mastriano would get arrested for his 1/6 shenanigans in the middle of the “audit”?

  5. Corman knows full well that all he has to do to restore confidence is admit Trump has been lying. But that will never happen because he’s hip deep in it. He’s the one preventing Penn State from requiring Covid vaccinations. So his new position is not an improvement.

  6. Well, at least (as far as I know), Dush wasn’t on the US Capitol grounds on January 6th. There is photographic evidence that Ding Dong Doug the Insurrectionist was there and that he took bus loads of fellow traitors to DC.

    NOW, I don’t know that Dush is much better as he is a Tea Party person from his start in politics. Makes no sense how a 1/3rd of the country supports putting people in elective office that want to sabotage our entire system of government from municipal, to county, to state to the federal level. We need order at all levels government NOT chaos.

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