Pennsylvania Republican Party nominee for governor, Doug Mastriano spoke with Newsmax on Monday and put Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, back in his place after he already, months before the midterms, seems to be doing a little prognosticating, acting as if the GOP has been defeated and that they are going to lose in their attempt to take back complete control of Congress.
Mastriano hit McConnell over his lack of intestinal fortitude, saying the Kentucky Republican needs to show “a little courage,” and “not act already as we’re going to lose.”
“We’ve seen this record by Republicans, even when they win and they’re in the majority, to act like losers here,” Mastriano stated during an interview on Monday’s “Prime News” with Jenn Pellegrino. “So it’s time for a little courage. Donald Trump showed us when he won in 2016 how Republicans should lead and can lead, and they need to fight like hell for our country and they need to stop rolling over.”
According to a report from Newsmax, McConnell stated just last week that he believes “candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome” making a reference to the Republican Party taking control of the Senate.
“He was speaking, of course about control of the Senate, not necessarily gubernatorial candidates here, but there is a great lineup of candidates out there and he needs to actually walk the talk and be enthusiastic and get behind them and not act already as we’re going to lose,” Mastriano went on to say about McConnell’s comments. “The winds are at our back here. Everything is lined up perfectly. We have a great opportunity here to take our country.”
“We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of that disastrous retreat in Afghanistan. A big humiliation, which encouraged, I believe, Vladimir Putin to do what he’s doing to Ukraine because of American weakness. And so it’s time we take it seriously. Our country’s at stake, the future of freedoms, the militarization, or the use of the Department of Justice that strike down and strike at political opponents,” the gubernatorial nominee for the GOP said.
“I’m really sick of it. We need to be bold and courageous,” he said, going on to add, “We see examples of this, you know we had on Friday, Gov. [Ron] DeSantis come up from Florida to campaign with me. And he’s the exact example of how a Republican governor should act: bold and courageous.”
“We have the complete opposite here in Pennsylvania with Tom Wolf – never was a governor more appropriately named – he’s trampled upon our freedoms, and it’s because of that overreach by the Democrats. They’ve gone too far. They’re drunk with power. And so people want a change, and if they want their constitutional freedoms back, we’ll win the Senate and they’ll back gubernatorial candidates like me to restore freedom,” Mastriano stated with conviction.
Mastriano is right on the money. McConnell is part of the leadership of the Republican Party in the Senate. It’s supposed to be his job to set the bar and help the candidates vying for a position in this chamber of Congress achieve victory. When you start spouting off demoralizing comments like this, it impacts a person’s head space.
This is something our candidates, nor the voters, can afford at this point in time, just months away from the primary. We need to be ready to fight tooth and nail, to campaign harder than ever before, to show up at the polls in record numbers to vote for conservative candidates and make a clear statement of repudiation against the Democratic Party and its radical progressive agenda.
If McConnell can’t muster the backbone to do that, then it’s time for him to go.