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 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.
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.
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.