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Doug Mastriano appoints Jenna Ellis, a former Trump campaign attorney, as senior legal counsel.

Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, has named Jenna Ellis, a former Trump campaign lawyer who worked to overturn the 2020 election, as senior legal counsel, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Ms. Ellis campaigned vigorously in the primary for Mr. Mastriano, who played a key role in Pennsylvania’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 results in favor of former President Donald J. Trump.

Indeed, this appointment means that a lawyer who sought to undermine the pillars of American democracy is joining forces with a candidate who could soon exert significant influence in the nomination of presidential voters and the certification of election results in one of the most critical battlefield states. .

“The talent, experience and legal expertise that Jenna will bring will be an important factor in helping us defeat Josh Shapiro and the extreme Democratic agenda in November,” Mastriano said in a statement, referring to his opponent. Democrat, the state attorney general.

Ms. Ellis, along with Rudolph W. Giuliani, was the public face of the Trump campaign’s efforts to nullify the 2020 election, appearing frequently at press conferences and on television to promote false allegations of voter fraud. She called Trump’s legal team an “elite strike force” and bragged about being Mr Giuliani’s protege.

During the main campaign this year, Ms. Ellis highlighted Mr. Mastriano’s efforts in November 2020, when, as a freshman senator, he hosted a hearing with members of Mr. Trump’s legal team. , including Ms. Ellis and Mr. Giuliani. , to spread false statements about the election. Mr. Mastriano also pressured Justice Department officials to open investigations into the election.

Few Republican gubernatorial candidates have put election overhaul at the heart of their platform the way Mr. Mastriano has. He has called for forcing Pennsylvanians to re-register to vote — a policy some legal experts have called illegal — and he wants to shut down some election machines.

“Doug Mastriano, I like to say, is the Donald Trump of Pennsylvania,” Ms. Ellis said at a campaign event in Erie last month.

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