Waiting For God At Doug Mastriano’s Election Night Watch Party

by | Nov 9, 2022 | Politics

CAMP HILL, Pa. — “I just feel like he has been chosen for this, I really do,” said Kristin Bailey, a healthcare worker from York, as she waited in line outside the Penn Harris Hotel on Tuesday evening before the election results watch party for Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania. “I think he was led to this position for a reason.” Many waiting in line believed God would intervene for their candidate. (He didn’t.) “I think he’s gonna win, 100%,” said Katie Grove, a florist from Chambersburg. “I think he’s gonna win because he has —” Advertisement“God on his side,” her husband, Richard, interjected. “He’s a religious man. He’s the real deal. Look into his eyes. He’s truthful. He’s honest, you know? I’ve never seen someone so honest.” There was a blood moon in the sky, and some Mastriano supporters made half-jokes about this being a supernatural affair. “We want a red wave,” said Susan Lorenzetti from East Berlin, referring to the hope that Republicans would take control of governors’ mansions across the country and the U.S. House and Senate. “We want a red moon and a red wave.” Ray Krieder from Lancaster said he’d been at the Mastriano rally over in Latrobe earlier in the week when a double rainbow appeared in the sky. “Even some of the news media made mention that God must be intervening,” Krieder said, laughing. “So I think there’s a possibility there.” AdvertisementPennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano supporters gathering on election night at the Penn Harris Hotel in Camp Hill, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Democrat Josh Shapiro won the race for governor of Pennsylvania.AP Photo/Carolyn KasterInside the hotel ballroom, simulated disco-ball lights danced across the ceiling as a couple of hundred people, mostly middle-aged and white, mingled with drinks as Fox News played on two giant screens on either side of a stage. The polls had just closed. A dead ringer for Mastriano walked around in a suit with multiple military medals pinned to his breast pocket.“I’m Robert Mastriano,” he said, introducing himself as Doug Mastriano’s brother before explaining the medals. “I’ve been in combat. I’ve served in special operations. I’ve served in humanitarian operations. I’ve been on a Navy ship for two years. I was in charge of three anti-terror security teams. And I’ve been a lot more places than I can think of.” Now, he’d come to Camp Hill across the Susquehanna River from the state capital of Harrisburg for his brother’s big night. “I think he’s got God’s hand on him,” Robert Mastriano said, adding: “I don’t believe in polls.”His brother became a national figure for not believing in election results. In November 2020, Doug Mastriano, a state senator, tried to pass a resolution in the GOP-controlled state legislature that would have overturned President Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, instead installing a slate of fake electors who would’ve thrown the election for former President Donald Trump. AdvertisementOn Jan. 6, 2021, Mastriano chartered buses to send supporters to the “stop the steal” rally in Washington, D.C., that became the insurrection. He was there too, marching near the Capitol building steps as hundreds of his fellow election deniers ran past police barricades. A year later, Mastriano announced his candidacy for governor. At an event in Gettysburg hosted by believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory, he told supporters he would become governor because …

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