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Clinton fixer Lanny Davis is rightly celebrated for his political strategy to counter attacks or scandals. “Tell it early, tell it all, and tell it yourself,” he said, authoring a book with that subtitle.
It’s good advice. And while I will never place my name in nomination for any public office, invoking terms attributed to famous Civil War Union General William T. Sherman, allow me to follow Davis’s sage advice.
Like Pennsylvania’s GOP gubernatorial nominee, Doug Mastriano, I have also donned a confederate officer’s uniform. And like St. Sen Mastriano, I won’t apologize.
I wore it in Philadelphia for an annual Civil War Ball at the historic Union League in downtown Philadelphia more than a decade ago. I rented it at a long-closed costume shop in downtown Wayne, Pennsylvania. A photo of me in a gray confederate officer’s dress uniform exists somewhere. It is also not hard to find publicly-available photos of like-minded Union League members in full confederate regalia at more recent balls. My uniform looked a great deal like this, but I added a yellow sash around my waist.