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When state senator Doug Mastriano, R-Fayetteville, conceded the 2022 governor’s race last week, he had secured about 41.9 percent of the vote.

For comparison, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine won re-election with 62.8 percent of the vote. Even left-leaning New York gave Republican candidate Lee Zeldin about 47.1 percent of the vote.

The last time Pennsylvania didn’t have an incumbent governor, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett received 54.5 percent of the vote in 2010. When he lost his re-election in 2014, he still received 45.1 percent of the vote.

When campaigning took Mastriano to the Jersey shore in the summer of 2022, he did not invite the Sun Gazette or other local media to cover his statements. When he visited Mansfield and Galeton, he again declined to report – luckily for our readers, the venue that hosted him at Galeton called instead.

When the Sun Gazette wanted to set up interviews with Mastriano and Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro, the Shapiro campaign responded within four days. Despite numerous attempts to contact the Mastriano campaign, including recruiting local party leaders to assist, we have never received a single word back.

Lest anyone think this is about us, perhaps the most telling anecdote comes from an article in September’s Philadelphia Inquirer, an article full of anecdotes about Mastriano avoiding reporters and writers.

Expert and columnist Salena Zito described how the Mastriano campaign also gave her the cold shoulder. She continued to write extensively about our Senate race, asking tough questions about Senator-elect John Fetterman and instead praising the conservatism of Republican nominee Mehmet Oz. She has written very little, if anything, about our gubernatorial race.

Mastriano was unwilling to speak to voters who disagreed with him. He was unwilling to speak to voters who were undecided or to media struggling to be impartial. He wasn’t even willing to talk to people who could “only” agree with him 80 or 90 percent of the time.

Instead, if Republicans want a better chance of winning the governorship in four or eight years, they need a candidate willing to speak to all Pennsylvanians.

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