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Famous physician Dr. Oz launches campaign for Senate in Pennsylvania as Republican

Dr Mehmet Oz, a physician known to domestic viewers, announced on Tuesday that he would run for the Pennsylvania Senate as a Republican, throwing more uncertainty into the closely watched primary.

“We are angry with our government and each other,” Oz wrote in a guest column published by The Washington Examiner. “We did not manage our crises as effectively as previous generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. This is why I am running for the United States Senate: to help solve problems and to help us heal. “

Oz, in a video tweeted Tuesday afternoon, clarified that he is seeking the Republican nomination.

The battle for the Pennsylvania Senate became a spectacle last week when former President Donald Trump-backed candidate Sean Parnell ended his campaign after his ex-wife was granted sole legal custody of their family. children in a case where she alleged abuse. Parnell denied the charges.

“Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first,” Oz said, echoing Trump, in his announcement video.

Oz, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Medicine who still lived in New Jersey in 2020, registered to vote in Pennsylvania last year at his in-laws’ home, has reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is expected to discuss his candidacy in more detail on Tuesday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News.

With Republican Senator Pat Toomey not seeking another term, the Pennsylvania Senate race in 2022 is one of the most important in determining control of a house Democrats control with the decisive vote of Vice President Kamala Harris . It’s the only Republican-held seat open next year in a state President Joe Biden won in 2020.

Several other prominent Republicans, including Carla Sands, Trump’s former ambassador to Denmark, and Jeff Bartos, the party’s 2018 candidate for lieutenant governor, have been running for months. But the issues surrounding Parnell, who, with Trump’s backing, had asserted himself as the frontrunner, sparked speculation about new candidates, including Oz. David McCormick, the husband of former Trump administration official Dina Powell and the CEO of Bridgewater Associates, a Westport, Connecticut-based hedge fund, was also mentioned as a prospect.

Democrats also have a crowded field, led by Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, U.S. Representative Conor Lamb, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, and Montgomery County physician and commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh.

But neither candidate on either side has the celebrity profile of Oz.

Oprah Winfrey gave Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, her big hit on television, first as a guest on her popular daytime talk show, then as a co-producer of “The Dr. Oz Show”, which continues to be syndicated.

Oz became a pro-Trump media figure during the 2016 campaign, when the then Republican candidate – who was known to share minimal details about his health – appeared on the Oz show to reveal his physical results. And through his appearances on Fox News, Oz was criticized at the start of the pandemic for promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, as a treatment for Covid-19. Trump also adopted the drug, which other medical experts had reported for rare but potentially fatal side effects.

“The reality of our challenges crystallized during the pandemic,” Oz wrote in his Examiner column. “Covid-19 has become an excuse for the government and the elite thinkers who controlled the media to put the debate on hold. The dissenting opinions of prominent academics have been ridiculed and quashed so their ideas cannot be broadcast. “

Democrats hailed Oz’s entry on Tuesday as a sign of Republicans’ dismay.

“The Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary continues to sink into chaos,” Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Jack Doyle said in a statement earlier Tuesday in anticipation of Oz’s kickoff. “It is clear that this GOP Senate primary will become more obnoxious, more expensive – and whoever the Republican candidate who ends up coming out of this fight within the party will be deeply out of step with the voters of Pennsylvania who will decide the general election. . “

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