Dr. Oz will run for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat as a Republican

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  • Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz will run for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, he announced Tuesday.
  • The television personality, who has faced criticism for years for promoting unproven or alternative medicine, criticized the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in announcing his candidacy.
  • According to the Associated Press, Oz has lived in New Jersey for two decades, while his campaign says he lives in Pennsylvania.

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Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz will run for Senate in Pennsylvania next year as a Republican, adding intrigue to a race that will determine control of the chamber.

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The 61-year-old host of “The Dr. Oz Show” will enter a crowded swing-state race with no clear lead from the GOP. Oz, who has never been in office, will try to leverage his name recognition and wealth to replace retired Republican Sen.

Television personality announces her candidacy an op-ed on Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner. In it, Oz – who has for years faced criticism for promoting unproven or alternative medicine – promoted himself as a steady hand in tackling the coronavirus pandemic as he criticized policymakers’ handling of the crisis .

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“During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I’m running for the US Senate: to fix problems and help us heal, ” they wrote.

For the party to win back control of the Senate in a 50-50 split, the GOP may need to defend Tommy’s seat on the battlefield. Pennsylvania backed by a 1.2 percentage point margin to help send President Joe Biden to the White House last year. The political climate in 2022 is likely to be more favorable for Republicans.

The GOP primary is widely believed to be open after Trump-backed candidate Sean Parnell dropped out of the race after losing custody of his children amid allegations of domestic abuse. While it’s unclear who former President Donald Trump will support now, he has turned to television personalities in the past and even appointed Oz to his sports, fitness and nutrition council in 2018.

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Democrats hope that competing in a messy Republican primary — which includes pressure to adopt election conspiracy theories promoted by Trump — in the race for a general election will ultimately undermine the GOP candidate. Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, US Rep. Connor Lamb, and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is among the Democrats running for the seat.

Patrick Bergwinkle, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said, “The influx of disqualified, untested and wealthy Republican candidates into this race will intensify the brutality of their inter-party battle and leave their final candidate badly out of favor with Pennsylvania general election voters.” Will do it.” said in a statement on Tuesday. “The GOP will know that there is no miracle cure for their growing problems in this primary oz.”

According to the Associated Press, Oz has lived in New Jersey for two decades, but this year began voting in Pennsylvania after registering at his in-law’s address. The Wire Service reported that he voted by absentee ballot in the Keystone State — a method many Republicans have tried to limit since Trump linked it to baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

In a tweet, Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell, D.N.J. foreshadowed that Oz could face criticism at his residence in New Jersey. According to multiple media reports, Pasquale represents Cliffside Park, NJ, where Oz’s family built a mansion two decades ago.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Oz, my North Jersey constituent for the US Senate in Pennsylvania. I am sure this utterly genuine candidate will capture the hearts of Pennsylvania,” the Congressman wrote in a sarcastic joke.

In a statement Tuesday, Oz campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrin said the TV personality “lives in Pennsylvania, votes in Pennsylvania, and has a medical license in Pennsylvania.” She said that Oz “currently lives in Brian Ethine, Pennsylvania, where his wife’s family has lived for a hundred years.” Brian Ethine is a suburb outside of Philadelphia.

The campaign did not immediately respond to questions about whether Oz lives with his wife’s family or in their residence in Pennsylvania, or how long he has lived in the state.

Oz, a heart surgeon, rose to prominence in the 2000s as a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. In 2009, he landed his own health-themed show, which is still running.

Oz has earned a huge following during his time in the public eye. Still, his embrace of unproven health products and practices has garnered repeated backlash.

In 2014 he went before a senate committee Faced with scrutiny about diet pills he promoted as a rapid weight loss method. Lawmakers on both sides called him out for misleading and false claims about the efficacy of the products.

Oz stated “I personally believe” in the products he promoted on the show, but added that “I agree that many times they just don’t have the scientific muster to pass them off as fact.”

Oz’s claims continue to be criticized during the pandemic. At the start of the crisis, he endorsed hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that was promoted by Trump and Fox News celebrities as a COVID-19 treatment. As of the end of April 2020, he said it was not clear whether the drug worked as a coronavirus treatment.

The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine in March 2020 to treat hospitalized Covid-19 patients. It canceled it in June 2020.

Also in April 2020, he suggested the US could reopen schools, citing an article in a medical journal indicating that school closures could account for only 2% to 4% of virus deaths. can be stopped, According to The New York Times. “It may be an agreement that few will consider,” he told Fox News.

Oz later said that he “doed the wrong thing.”

In his op-ed announcing his candidacy on Tuesday, Oz argued that during the coronavirus pandemic, “dissenting opinions of leading scholars were ridiculed and revoked so as not to disseminate their views.” He did not specify which views were rejected by him.

The millionaire also used populist rhetoric as he aimed last year’s planned lockdown policies to slow the spread of the virus.

“The elite with yards told those people to stay inside, where the virus was more likely to spread with no yards. And arrogant, closed-minded people closed our parks, closed our schools, our businesses shut down, and took away our freedoms,” he wrote.

According to CDC data, more than 778,000 people have died from the virus in the US so far.

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