When They Tell You Who They Are, Part Infinity

Retired Army colonel Doug Mastriano, a Republican state senator from Pennsylvania who is running for governor, poses at left in a Confederate uniform in a 2013-14 faculty photo at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 9, 2014. Army War College/Handout via REUTERS

Guys, it doesn’t take much to conclude no one forced him to wear this uniform.

Pennsylvania Republican Doug Mastriano, a state senator and Trump-backed candidate for governor, posed for a photo donning a Confederate uniform while an instructor at the US Army War College in 2014, Reuters reported Friday evening.
Mastriano, a retired Army colonel and military historian, was posing for the photo with other faculty members, who were given the option of dressing in historical garb, Reuters reported. Only six of the 21 instructors did so. Mastriano left the Army in 2017.
Mastriano did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did a representative for his opponent, Josh Shapiro’s campaign.
The Department of Defense effectively banned Confederate flags from US military bases in 2020 under updated guidance.

Mastriano was at the Jan. 6 insurrection, and in fact arranged buses to bring his fellow insurrectionists to the Capitol. You can say what you will, but clearly this is not a person who is pledging allegiance to the (American) flag.

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13 Responses to When They Tell You Who They Are, Part Infinity

  1. Jimmy T says:

    Doug Mastriano retired as a colonel in the US army. Not sure when he bought into the “War of Northern Aggression meme.” Couldn’t find that he served in one of the former confederate states, but the army contains a considerable number of officers and enlisted men. I found that to be true when doing time in the Marine Corps, and yeah, those guys liked to talk about it a lot…

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  2. Mike B. says:

    The thing that I don’t like is the Democrats helped get Mastriano and other extremists in GOP primaries, figuring an extremist will be easier to beat. About Mastriano:


    As Politico says, this is a risky strategy (and even if successful in terms of who wins, it gives more visibility and credibility to the extremists). Biden warns about semi-fascists, some of whom his party helped out.


    • Mike B. says:

      Delete “get” from first line.


    • PutinThePuss says:

      Fck Politico.


      • Mike B. says:

        It’s also in the New York Times, which quotes Mastriano as saying “I’m going to have to send him [Shapiro] a thank-you card.” This kind of thing has been happening, and reported, in many places.


    • tengrain says:

      Mike –

      I have mixed feelings about this, too, but I will say this: the ad that Politico is talking about showed terrible hard-right things Mastriano said and then concluded with “Mastriano is too conservative for PA,” all of which is true and none of which is boosterism.

      Josh Shapiro could run the same ads today for the general election.



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      • This. All the handwringing over the Dems advertising has been coming from the never trumper right (who are NOT AT ALL our friends), and the degenerate horserace gamblers from the likes of politico.

        I, for one, am exceedingly happy that at long last the Democrats are bringing knives to a knife fight instead of their usual reflexive defensive cringe.

        Would have been nicer to see this happening 40 years ago; maybe we wouldn’t be in this position.

        (I’m old enough to remeber when a senior Republican Senator warned the President from coming to his state, with a not-so-subtle threat of assassination.

        Just days after Mr. Helms, a Republican from North Carolina, created a furor by saying that President Clinton was not up to the job of Commander in Chief, he told The News and Observer, a newspaper in Raleigh: “Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He’d better have a bodyguard.”

        https://www.nytimes.com/1994/11/23/us/helms-takes-new-swipe-at-clinton-then-calls-it-mistake.html )


  3. Oneofthebobs says:

    He didn’t want to wear that, but he couldn’t find a complete Nazi uniform.

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    • Sirius Lunacy says:

      I’m not sure what the guy in the sunglasses is wearing, but he apparently couldn’t find a complete outfit either.


      • PutinThePuss says:

        I was wondering the very same thing — what is that outfit?


      • paul fredine says:

        same here. where in the history of military uniforms do short (mini-skirt?) fit in, but the sunglasses were a nice touch. adds to the mystery.


  4. glitterbug says:

    This should help turnout in Philly and Pittsburgh.


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