Dr. Mehmet Oz received a significant endorsement in the Senate primary race to replace Republican Sen. Pat Tomei, who announced that he would be retiring.
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House GOP leadership member Rep. Guy Reichenthaler (R-Pa.) told The Post on Wednesday that he is throwing his support behind the celebrity doctor.
“I’m supporting Dr. Oz for Senate because Dr. Oz is our most obvious path to victory in this election,” Reichenthaler said.
He added that Oz’s name recognition and medical experience could give him an advantage in the race.
Oz — who rose to fame as a frequent guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” before receiving his own television show in 2009 — announced his bid to represent Keystone State. Washington Examiner Op-Ed. In on Tuesday.
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In the piece, he took aim at the national response to the pandemic and said his medical experience could help shape policy.
Reichenthaler compared Oz to former presidents Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan, arguing that his celebrity would prove to be a difficult obstacle for others in the race to overcome, adding that he believed his populist leanings today. Will resonate with voters in the political climate of
“That’s why Dr. Oz gives me the optimism that we can win. First, he’s coming up with almost universal name recognition. If President Trump has taught us one thing, it’s the importance of name recognition, Especially in the primary,” the Pennsylvania Republican said.
“Plus, Dr. Oz is coming up with his incredible American success story, inventing a valve that has saved countless lives, a heart valve that has saved countless lives.”
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Businessman David McCormick, who runs Bridgewater Associates, and Carla Sands, former Trump ambassador to Denmark, are also considering entering the primary.
Reichenthaler noted that establishment Republicans have begun to rally around businessman David McCormick, but argued that he does not believe he has the best shot at the general election. McCormick has drawn heat for outsourcing jobs and points to his firm Bridgewater Capital, which has invested billions in China, as problematic.
While Oz may have a name recognition, he has been criticized for his previous residence in New Jersey. He has previously donated to Democrat candidates and has been accused of giving controversial medical advice.
Super Pac, Jobs for our future, said Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Oz doesn’t know the first thing about conservative Pennsylvania values and primary voters are about to find out how out of touch he is.”
But supporters of his bid argue that many successful candidates have moved out of state and don’t think his controversial medical suggestions will prove problematic in the primary.
“I can’t speak what Dr. Oz has said and what he hasn’t. But the American people are fast losing faith and people within the CDC and government are speaking out about issues as they separate politics from science. Keeping up,” said a senior Pennsylvania source.
“Dr. Oz is coming to TV as a credible medical resource, I’m more than willing to say if you’re going to be more prepared to believe Dr. Oz and he’s a political hack.
Pennsylvania is seen as a major swing state Republicans will need to fight to retain as they seek to overturn a majority in the upper house.
High-profile Democrats, including moderate Democrat Conor Lamb, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta and Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkosh, have thrown their hats in the ring for the open seat in the Purple State.