Pennsylvania governor candidate Mastriano posed in Confederate uniform at Army War College

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Faculties of the school, where Mastriano worked at the time, were given the choice to dress as historical figures, people familiar with the photo told Reuters. While a few others appear to be dressed up, the only one in the photo is Mastriano dressed in a Confederate uniform, which many associate with hatred and the legacy of slavery in the South.

CNN has reached out to Mastriano’s campaign for comment.

Reuters reported Friday that the photo was released by the Army War College following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Army War College removed the photo from its faculty group photo wall after Reuters asked for comment, the outlet reported. “The faculty photo did not attract the attention of the team; it has since been removed because it does not meet the AWC values,” the college said in a statement to Reuters.

The flag of the Confederacy, the symbols and the statues commemorating the leaders of the Confederacy have divided the country for a long time. Critics say the symbols represent war to maintain slavery, while supporters call them signs of Southern pride and heritage. The symbols have been used by white supremacists and in recent years the Department of Defense has taken steps to ban Southern symbols.
Mastriano’s opponent in the gubernatorial contest, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, tweeted Friday, “Doug Mastriano wore the uniform of traitors who fought to defend slavery on official US Army War College grounds.”

“The College condemned him saying this ‘does not reflect our values’. It is deeply offensive and proves once again who he is. He is unfit to be governor,” Shapiro added.

Jenna Ellis, Mastriano’s senior legal counsel, defended the photo of Mastriano in Confederate attire in a tweet Friday, writing: “Media CLOSE that Mastriano apparently once posed as a Civil War historical figure for a photo. And? He has a PhD in HISTORY. The left wants to erase history. @dougmastriano wants us to learn from it. I need @ Reuters to go on a Gettysburg tour with Doug. You will learn a lot!”

Mastriano served in the military for 30 years. According to his state senate biography, he earned a doctorate in history, taught at the Army War College, and published a book about a famous World War I soldier, Alvin York. After retiring from the military in 2017, Mastriano launched a campaign for Congress in 2018, finishing fourth of eight candidates in the Republican primaries for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The following year, Mastriano won a special election for his seat in the state Senate in rural southern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s 33rd District, which Mastriano serves as a state senator, includes Gettysburg, where the Battle of Gettysburg—the bloodiest battle of the Civil War—was held.

A win for Donald Trump-backed Mastriano in November would give someone trying to overthrow the will of voters in 2020 power over the electoral machine in one of the country’s key battlefields during the 2024 presidential race. the governor appoints the Secretary of State – the person responsible for directing Commonwealth elections and signing its constituents.

Shapiro, who was unopposed in the Democratic primaries, has defended the result of the 2020 Pennsylvania presidential election and emphasized voting and abortion rights in his campaign.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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