PA Treasurer Stacy Garrity faces new scrutiny over role in spreading 2020 election lies

Pennsylvania Treasurer-elect Stacy Garrity speaking at the Hear Us Roar rally at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Jan. 5, 2021. (Photo: Sean Kitchen)

By Sean Kitchen

January 5, 2024

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro wants to remind voters this cycle that PA Treasurer Stacy Garrity participated in rallies questioning Pennsylvania’s 2020 election results.

Pennsylvania State Treasurer Stacy Garrity has gone three years without having to answer as to why she participated in a rally questioning the outcome of Pennsylvania’s 2020 election results—the same election where Garrity defeated Democratic Treasurer Joe Torsella by 52,000 votes.

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie), who is running in the Democratic primary to challenge Garrity for Treasurer, held a press conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Friday focusing on Garrity posing a threat to Pennsylvania’s democracy.

“Before the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol, there was a January 5th right here at our state capitol building,” Bizzarro said at the press conference. “Stacy Garrity and her friend Doug Mastriano led a protest here that was a warm up event to the next day’s January 6th insurrection on the United States Capitol.”

Garrity was Pennsylvania’s highest ranking official who attended the “Hear Us Roar” rally at the Pennsylvania Capitol hosted by State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin) on Jan. 5, 2021, on the eve of the insurrection. She spoke alongside Mastriano and State Reps. Dawn Keefer (R-York) and Stephanie Borowicz (R-Union).

While speaking in front of the angry crowd, Garrity referenced her time in Iraq serving as a Colonel in the Army Reserves and compared it to voting.

“In Iraq, we have rules of engagement and in Pennsylvania, we have rules of engagement for the voting process and they were fully violated,” Garrity said. “So the election from this November is tarnished forever.”

There were over 60 lawsuits filed by the former President Donald Trump’s campaign challenging the validity of the 2020 election, however none of them produced evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Several attendees in the crowd on Jan. 5 ended up getting arrested for crimes committed at the US Capitol on the very next day, including Pauline Bauer and Sandy Weyer.

Bauer, who is from McKean County, was recorded on police body cam footage screaming that she wanted to hang former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of felony obstruction of an official procedure and four other misdemeanors, according to Go Erie.

Weyer was arrested in June 2021 for filming an assault on a photographer while inside the capitol. She was convicted of felony obstruction and four misdemeanors and is still waiting to be sentenced.

In total, 85 Pennsylvanians have been arrested for their crimes committed on Jan. 6, 2021.

Bizzarro called Garrity’s character and patriotism into question when asked why it’s important to continue letting voters know about her actions three or four years after she participated in this event.

“I think this goes to question someone’s character and quite frankly, their patriotism. Not only their nation, but to this state,” Bizzaro said in an interview with The Keystone. “You cannot overturn legitimate elections. You cannot stoke the flames that get people excited and people riled up and people get hurt.”

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  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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