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Dr. Oz Seeks Republican Senate Seat in Pennsylvania

He's got a shot.

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It will be hard to replace Pat Toomey, an excellent senator. But a celebrity physician is taking the Trump route and hoping television name recognition will give him a boost over his opponents. He may have a good point.

FNC: “Cardiothoracic surgeon and television host Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke about his recently-declared candidacy for United States Senate in Pennsylvania during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

Oz, who went to grade school in President Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Del., and who has lived for many years in New Jersey before moving back to Pennsylvania last year, announced earlier Tuesday he will seek to replace retiring Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. Prior to Oz’s announcement, the GOP primary to succeed Toomey faced turbulence as Trump-backed Republican Sean Parnell suspended his bid amid a tumultuous child custody battle.

Oz faces a handful of other Republicans including military veteran and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette, former Trump Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands and investor Jeff Bartos — while the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor, John Fetterman, currently leads the Democratic field in the fundraising column. Oz told ‘Hannity’ that as the son of Turkish immigrants who was afforded ‘unparalleled opportunities’ by the United States to become the successful doctor and television personality that he is, ‘it is time to repay my debt.’ ” Uh huh. By making the sacrifice of ascending to the Senate. Uh huh.

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“America is in crisis, that’s not news, our values are under attack – so I want to serve America in its time of need,” said Oz. “I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand what went wrong and it’s emblematic of other issues we are struggling with in our great country. Remember the phrase two weeks to flatten the curve? That metastasized into this terrible authoritarianism and overreaching that did not make us safer,” he said.

“People with big yards told people with no yards to stay indoors because that’s where the virus was. Some closed the parks, shamed people about beaches — and now threatening the same overreach with the Omicron [variant] ….” he told Hannity. “I think those choices should be yours, the American people’s,” he said, going on to praise President Trump’s handling of vaccine development. “I’ve fought to empower my audience, my patients and now the people of Pennsylvania.”

“So you need choice so you can make sure you can take kids where you need to be – you need local rule… and you need to have your values defended,” he said. “Every choice I make will be serving the citizens of Pennsylvania and the United States and none of them will serve the special interests in Washington, many of which I have been at war at my entire career.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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jstudejoe
jstudejoe
8 months ago

Please no more TV personalities who change values like we change socks. We need serious people in the senate not someone who lives in the pretend world of TV

amy maple
amy maple
8 months ago

Pat Toomey, an excellent senator” I just lost all respect for you, Kamioner. Toomey was the ultimate RINO. So, I guess you must be too.