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GOP Senator Doug Mastriano has major plans for the critical swing state of Pennsylvania.
In following the path of the Arizona election audit, Mastriano took the first steps toward an audit in his own state.
Mastriano reportedly visited Arizona recently and now he’s requesting ballots and access to voting machines in three Pennsylvania counties.
The counties include Tioga, York and Philadelphia.
These counties had until July 31st to comply and they refused.
The counties, which were given a July 31 deadline to comply, refused.
Western Journal writes, “As far as Mastriano is concerned, that meant only one thing: It’s on.”
“As soon as I get a quorum, we will have a meeting, we will vote on subpoenas, and let the fun begin,” he said.
From Western Journal:
After Mastriano made his requests in July, Pennsylvania’s acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid began issuing what may easily be described as threats to the counties concerned, warning that she would decertify any election equipment turned over to a third party.
She has since done so — Fulton County’s election systems were decertified after a third-party assessment of its machines was carried out… Other counties were not willing to take this risk.
“We can’t be in a position where we don’t have the election machines because we have to run the next election. These are extremely expensive machines, and our position is we need to follow the direction that [Degraffenreid] has given us,” Tioga County Solicitor Christopher Gabriel said.
On July 30, Philadelphia County commissioners voted against compliance with Mastriano’s request, deferring to state and federal entities that have determined the 2020 presidential election was carried out without incident.
TRENDING 👇 Trump Critic Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Dark Past
Comedian Kathy Griffin gained political notoriety in 2017 after she “joked” about killing then-President Trump in a photo using a fake severed head of the former president.
The comedian, who is now 60, revealed she is battling stage one lung cancer. In an interview with ABC News, Griffin revealed much more about her past. Over the past four years, Griffin said her life spiraled after facing immense backlash for posing with a bloodied, severed fake head of then-President Trump. Griffin struggled with pill addiction and thoughts of suicide after posting the picture in 2017.
“I thought, ‘Well, I don’t even drink… Big deal, I take a couple pills now and again, who doesn’t?’” she told ABC News. “Also, my age was a big part of it. I mean, who bottoms out and tries to take their life at 59? It’s almost a joke, right, and by the way, someday, this will all be comedy. Trust me… I was laughing to stay alive. And what I found is I felt like if I can’t make others laugh, then there’s no purpose for me to live. There’s no reason for me to live.”
“I just felt there was impending doom,” she said. “I was already starting to think … it was time for me to go. And I was certainly being told by an awful lotta people it’s time for me to go.” More from Fox News:
After an apology and a subsequent rescinding of that apology, Griffin embarked on the cheekily titled “Laugh Your Head Off” tour in 2017. She noted that it was around that time that she was introduced to pills, leading to a behind-the-scenes battle that would ultimately lead to a suicide attempt…
She was first prescribed Provigil by a doctor. That was soon followed by a prescription to Ambien to help her sleep followed by painkillers to help her manage various injuries. The star says that her dependence on pills “got out of control very rapidly.”
Her addiction quickly led to thoughts of suicide. She says that her life was dedicated to getting on stage and showing people how resilient she was. However, amid the immense backlash from the Trump photo, she revealed that she started to feel her critics were right and that there was no next chapter in her career or life.