In one of the most closely watched U.S. governor's races in the 2022 midterms, the Republican candidate's wife stepped in on his behalf after he was asked about anti-Semitism.
At a Saturday press conference in Pennsylvania, GOP nominee Doug Mastriano was asked by an Israeli reporter about his relationship with Andrew Torba and the extremist website Gab, which is a haven for white supremacy and anti-Semitism.
"Yeah, so —" Mastriano began, before an awkward 2-second pause.
"I would like to make a comment on that," wife Rebbie Mastriano said as she stepped towards the lectern.
"Please," her husband said as he backed away from the microphones.
Some of his supporters cheered.
"I'm just going to say, as a family, we so much love Israel," she said.
"In fact, I'm gonna say we probably love Israel more than a lot of Jews do," she argued. "I have to say that."
Mastriano is facing Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is Jewish.