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Republicans ‘very disappointed’ with Mastriano’s endorsement of Trump

Pennsylvania Republicans are questioning former President Trump’s last-minute endorsement of State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) in the gubernatorial race. Many continued to line up behind former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), who once toppled Democrats in local races and in Congress.

On Saturday, Trump announced his endorsement of Mastriano, who statewide Republican Party leaders fear will be a tough sell in a general election against Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the nominee presumed democrat.

While endorsing Barletta on Saturday, former Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) said “all indications” point to the former mayor of Hazelton being in the best position to beat Shapiro in a general election and attacked the endorsement of Mastriano by Trump.

“I was extremely disappointed when Mr. Trump came out and endorsed Mr. Mastriano,” Marino said. “…Where the hell is the loyalty? Lou and I were the first members of Congress to come out and endorse Trump when he was first elected. We took a lot of heat on this. He continued:

My leaders, our leaders, told us when they heard that we did that, that our political careers were over…we did the right thing there. I’m just very disappointed in our president…because apparently loyalty doesn’t go as far as he says. At the very least, a phone call to say why he did what he did but he didn’t.

Barletta is now calling on Republican candidates Dave White and Bill McSwain to drop the gubernatorial primary and endorse it. This week, Barletta won endorsements from Melissa Hart and Jake Corman, who both dropped out of the race to support him.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) endorsed Barletta.

Presidents of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania told the Washington Examiner that they are also unhappy with Trump’s endorsement of Mastriano, fearing he risks throwing the general election over Shapiro:

Allegheny County Republican Party Chairman Sam DeMarco was stunned when the news broke on social media: “I am very disappointed with the President’s decision to choose Mastriano. It’s not exactly about taking risks to support someone in the lead three days before the election; it guarantees him a win in this state on Tuesday,” DeMarco said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

Kulback, who has an army of volunteers put to work Tuesday to get voters out, told the Washington Examiner: “Trump’s interference in Pennsylvania is going to cost us the governor’s office in the fall, which, be it said in by the way, is very important to hold on to when you run for president in 2024, but there’s a chance it could cost us the Senate seat as well.

A prominent county chairman, who asked to remain anonymous but has repeatedly welcomed Trump to his county and voted twice for him, said: ‘Maybe Joe Biden isn’t the only 70-year-old who should pass. a skill test?

An Osage Research poll of 600 swing voters in Pennsylvania shows Mastriano is losing in a head-to-head matchup with Shapiro.

While swing voters by a 3% margin say they prefer a Republican to a Democrat for governor, 49% said they would vote for Shapiro if Mastriano were the GOP nominee. Mastriano trails in the match with only 41%.

“This is an unsustainable number for a candidate in the general election for a party,” note the pollsters. “Mastriano’s image is already upside down with swing voters with only 16% having a favorable opinion of Mastriano while already 22% have an unfavorable opinion.”

Pennsylvania’s GOP gubernatorial primary will be held on May 17.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here.

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