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MAGA firebrand Doug Mastriano is inducing panic among GOP officials as he inches closer toward a 2024 bid for the Senate after a disastrous showing in his Pennsylvania governor run in 2022.

Among the concerned is none other than Donald Trump.

The former president has privately told Republicans he fears that Mastriano, a far-right state lawmaker in a critical battleground, would hurt him in a general election if they were on the top of the ticket together next year, according to three people familiar with the conversations.

Mastriano, who attempted to overturn the 2020 election and sought to outlaw abortion with no exceptions, lost Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial contest last November by 15 percentage points. His tease of a comeback bid has sparked alarm within GOP circles that he would cost the party any conceivable chance they had of unseating Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in 2024.

“Trump’s not dumb,” said a top GOP donor who was granted anonymity to speak frankly about private deliberations. “He knows Mastriano will hurt him in Pennsylvania.”

Trump has also relayed to Republicans, including at least one senator, that he would be reluctant to endorse Mastriano for Senate because of his concerns that he would pull him down, the three people said. That’s not the only reason he may stay out: A person close to Trump said it is unlikely he will be as involved in 2024 down-ballot races across the country since he is busy running himself. Trump is currently more interested in seeing who endorses him.

Snubbing Mastriano would be a 180 from last year, when Trump defied Republican leaders in the state and D.C., and officially backed him days before the primary.

The adviser, along with another person close to Trump, said the former president took issue with Mastriano embracing a platform that included no abortion exceptions, including for the life of the mother. The person close to Trump insisted that was not how Mastriano presented his position privately to the former president. Though Mastriano did state his no-exceptions position in a primary debate prior to Trump’s endorsement, the adviser said that Trump never would have endorsed had he been more aware of Mastriano’s support for that policy.
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Re: Republicans are alarmed about a Mastriano for Senate bid. Even Trump.
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2023, 10:37:24 pm »
And that's how loyalty works with Trump...strictly one way!  And now Trump has decided that Mastriano is too Conservative for him, after jumping in front of Doug's parade just days before the 2022 PA primary with his last minute endorsement.
aka "nasty degenerate SOB," "worst of the worst at Free Republic," "Garbage Troll," "Neocon Warmonger," "Filthy Piece of Trash," "damn $#%$#@!," "Silly f'er," "POS," "war pig," "neocon scumbag," "insignificant little ankle nipper," "@ss-clown," "neocuck," "termite," "Uniparty Deep stater," "Never Trump sack of dog feces," "avid Bidenista," "filthy Ukrainian," "war whore," "fricking chump," psychopathic POS, and depraved SOB.

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Re: Republicans are alarmed about a Mastriano for Senate bid. Even Trump.
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2023, 10:39:04 pm »
And that's how loyalty works with Trump...strictly one way!  And now Trump has decided that Mastriano is too Conservative for him, after jumping in front of Doug's parade just days before the 2022 PA primary with his last minute endorsement.

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Re: Republicans are alarmed about a Mastriano for Senate bid. Even Trump.
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2023, 11:38:31 pm »
And that's how loyalty works with Trump...strictly one way!  And now Trump has decided that Mastriano is too Conservative for him, after jumping in front of Doug's parade just days before the 2022 PA primary with his last minute endorsement.

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