Crowds gather for Mastriano film screening Saturday at Lower Allen Township church

Supporters of Sen. Doug Mastriano converged on Cumberland County’s West Shore Saturday for the debut screening of a film celebrating the post-Trump grassroots conservatism in Pennsylvania and what it’s trying to accomplish.

The screening featured Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor, front and center, and he and his wife received a standing ovation from the audience when they arrived inside Christ Community Church in Lower Allen Township where the event was held.

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Though the premiere of “The Return of the American Patriot” was moved twice in the run-up to Saturday’s screening, the film’s producer, Stephen Turley, claimed to have sold 1,200 tickets for the event.

The film did not end prior to press time, but the screening began, mostly, without a hitch.

At least some of the media members in attendance were barred from covering the event, but on the church campus, attendees who had purchased tickets starting at $ 20 passed through a security screening and were asked to show identification before being waived in. Outside, meanwhile, the only sign of protest was a peaceful group of 10 demonstrators at the church entrance, greeting the attendees with signs reading “Doug Mastriano for prison.”

In the queue, meanwhile, ticket-holders complained about Democrats and compared their conservative chops. One couple from York County was circulating petitions to try to get a referendum on the fall ballot asking voters if they would like the county to replace its Dominion Systems voting machines.

The mood was lightened by a mobile Mastriano billboard driven into the site by LaVerne Brown, a Dauphin County committeeman, featuring two cutout characters that once graced his Country Cousins ​​restaurant in Tower City.

“Restoring PA For Our Grandkids,” the sign read.

The kids, Rexford and Ellie, shared the stage with a stork holding a bundle labeled “the unborn” – a nod to Mastriano’s staunch anti-abortion stance.

“It’s just the direction of the country,” Brown said, explaining his support for Mastriano, as he ticked off issues like inflation and energy prices. “We’ve got to save the country.”

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