Former President Trump announced Saturday that he would be endorsing state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Pa.) in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election, just days ahead of the Tuesday primary.
“There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more, or fought harder, for Election Integrity than State Senator Doug Mastriano,” Trump said in a statement issued through his Save America PAC, before echoing a baseless claim about the 2020 presidential election results.
“He will also Fight Violent Crime, Strengthen our Borders, Protect Life, Defend our under-siege Second Amendment, and Help our Military and our Vets. He is a fighter like few others, and has been with me right from the beginning, and now I have an obligation to be with him,” Trump said.
In a letter to the Republican state lawmaker back in February, the committee cited a tweet he issued weeks after the 2020 election was called. He tweeted at the time, “There is mounting evidence that the PA presidential election was compromised. If this is the case, under Article II, Section 1.2 of the US Constitution, the state legislature has the sole authority to direct the manner of selecting delegates to the Electoral College.”
“Therefore, we are introducing a Resolution to exercise our obligation and authority to appoint delegates to the Electoral College,” he added later in a follow-up tweet.
Jan. 6 select committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote to Mastriano, saying the panel understood he was involved in efforts to present the Senate with alternative electors and that he had been in communication with Trump.
“We understand you participated in these activities based on assertions of voter fraud and other asserted irregularities and based on a stated belief that under the U.S. Constitution the ‘state legislature has the sole authority to direct the manner of selecting delegates to the Electoral College.’ We have an interest in understanding these activities and the theories that motivated them,” Thompson wrote.
Trump’s endorsement comes three days before the Pennsylvania primary, as Mastriano seeks to short up support among Republicans.
Other GOP candidates vying for the governor’s seat in Pennsylvania include former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Montgomery County commissioner Joseph Gale, former U.S. Attorney William McSwain and political consultant Charlie Gerow, among others.
A Fox News poll earlier this week showed Mastriano with a double-digit lead in the race, with 29 percent support followed by Barletta at 17 percent and McSwain at 13 percent.