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November 15, 2021

An Open Letter To Doug Mastriano About Steve Bannon

My open letter to Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano:


I am wondering if you saw this tweet (or something like it) this weekend:

Now, you have something of a history with Mr Bannon, don't you?

I mean, you were with him in Adams County the night the House voted to hold him in contempt, weren't you?

Why, yes, yes you were.

In case the facts are fuzzy, let me set the stage. It's Adams County (in your legislative district, isn't that right?) and it's the Annual Eisenhower Dinner, hosted by the Adams County Republican Committee

This is how the committee described the evening:

Enjoy Dinner and an evening with political strategist and host of Bannon’s War Room, Steve Bannon, Senior Fellow at Family Research Council, Joseph Backholm, founding President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Michael Geer and PA District 33 Senator Doug Mastriano. Meet likeminded Republicans who share conservative values here in Adams County, throughout Pennsylvania and across our Nation.

Two quick questions: Did you discuss Bannon's contempt charge with him that night? What would Ike have thought of the Trump-mob's attack on The Capitol on January 6?

Anyway, just before that conference, the contemptible Bannon said this:

“One of the reasons I accepted the gracious invitation of Charlotte Shaffer, the chairman, was that this was the railhead of where 3 November started, the counter reaction, the great conference,” Bannon said on War Room.

Bannon was referring to an event in Gettysburg at which former Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani publicly protested the election results. Mastriano organized that event as a member of the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee.

So Bannon himself said that "the counter reaction" to what your party insists (with no actual evidence, by the way) is a fraudulent election started with your event in Gettysburg that November.

And of course, I don't think I need to remind you (or anyone else reading this) of your wanderings around the Capitol on January 6 or your lies about it later or how Trump singled you and Representative Scott Perry in his discussions with DOJ to overturn the 2020 election.

Given all this evidence regarding your involvement with the January 6 insurrection (either directly or indirectly) I have a few more questions for you:

  • Are you concerned that Steve Bannon will implicate you in something?
  • Are you expecting to be subpoenaed by the Congress?
  • Was it worth it? 

With all the respect I can muster,


Feel free to pass this on to State Senator Doug Mastriano.