MAGA firebrand state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who lost last year’s Pennsylvania governor’s race by double digits, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2024. According to an article published Tuesday in Politico.
“What would you do with a movement of 2.2 million people?” In an interview with Politico, he cited the number of people who voted for him in his failed bid against Democrat Josh Shapiro. “We’re keeping it alive.”
Mastriano said he is praying about whether to run in 2024, adding that he looks to God and his wife Rebbe for counsel.
US Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) is widely expected to run for re-election. On the Republican side, Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund CEO who lost a Senate primary last year to celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, is weighing another campaign.
Pennsylvania and national Republican officials are unlikely to entertain a potential Mastriano bid, given his poor showing against Shapiro. Many in the GOP blame Mastriano for the Democrats’ new majority in the state House.
Mastriano said supporters are encouraging him to run for the Senate.
“No one with big names came out and said, ‘Doug, you need to think about this,'” he told Politico. “Just people like you and me.”