New Jersey resident Dr. Mehmet Ozu There are obstacles ahead in his fledgling US Senate campaign—not the least of which is convincing voters that he actually lives in the state he’s running for office.
Dr. Oz, who has a syndicated daytime talk show, has launched a campaign for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, a state he hasn’t called home since his graduate school days at the University of Pennsylvania.
Cardiac surgeon, a Republican, was asked about his residency Sean Hannity‘s Fox News program, and he offered a non-specific response in his first national interview since his candidacy was confirmed on Tuesday.
Oz said he lived in Philadelphia while earning his medical and business degrees at Penn, and it was in that city where he met his future wife, Lisa Oz, who also became a TV personality.
“I grew up across the border, south of Philadelphia,” said Oz, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Turkish immigrants. and grew up in Delaware from the time he was 3 through high school, He attended Harvard University before graduate school.
“I went to medical school [Penn] in Philadelphia. I went to business school in Wharton, Philadelphia. I met and married my wife 36 years ago in Philadelphia, which was the best thing I’ve ever done. And I fathered two kids — she raised them for me — in Philadelphia,” he told Hannity.
“I came home a year ago. It’s great to be back. I love the state and I will represent it respectfully.”
Oz didn’t say exactly where he was calling home. His longtime family residence is in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, which overlooks Manhattan and the Hudson River. His campaign could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday.
But the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Oz registered for absentee voting at his in-laws’ house this year in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. their campaign told the interrogator That’s where he currently resides.
Representative Bill Pascrell Jr., of Paterson, New Jersey, rebuked Oz over the situation on Twitter.
“I want to congratulate Dr. Oz, my North Jersey constituent for the US Senate in Pennsylvania. I am sure this totally genuine candidacy will capture the hearts of the people of Pennsylvania,” he wrote.
Oz’s opponents in a competitive primary and general election, where Republicans are defending the seat held by retired Sen. Pat Tommy, are likely to occupy his residence as a campaign issue.
He will also face criticism from the medical community about his advice and “miracle cure,Including raspberry ketones, green coffee extract and other remedies considered pseudoscience.
Oz isn’t the only candidate in this cycle who has residency issues affecting his campaigns. Republican Herschelle Walker, a former NFL star, is running for Senate in Georgia Despite recently living in Texas, Oz’s rival in the GOP primary Carla Sands, the former US ambassador to Denmark, sold his property in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air Before campaigning in Pennsylvania.
Senate candidates are not required to live in the states where they are seeking office while campaigning, but the Constitution does require them to go ahead with the election.