Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon and has been the host of The Dr. Oz Show for a long time now. He recently announced that he will enter the Republican primary to replace the retiring Republican PA Senator Pat Toomey.
“Pennsylvania needs a republican who will put Americans first, one who will reignite our divine spark, boldly fight for our freedoms, and tell it like it is,” Oz stated in a video posted on his Twitter page. The campaign marks Dr. Oz’s first entrance into electoral politics, but he has previously served on the President’s Council on Fitness, Nutrition & Sports.
I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021
Oz cited the government mishandling of the Coronavirus pandemic as the main reason for his decision to run for office.
“COVID-19 has shown us that America’s system is broken,” he stated. “We have lost too many people to this virus, too many opportunities, and too many jobs because our federal government got it wrong. They took our freedom away from us without making us safer, and they tried to kill our dignity and our spirit.”
Oz came under fire last year for his promotion of the medicine hydroxychloroquine as a treatment option for COVID. Physicians associated with the Food and Drug Administration cautioned against using the anti-malarial drug, while citing serious possible side effects and an uncertain impact on the virus.
Oz is entering a wide-open Senate race for Republican Toomey’s seat, after the former Army Ranger Sean Parnell withdrew from the senate race. Parnell, who is facing a bitter custody battle and divorce, mentioned in a statement that he could not continue with his campaign because of a judge’s concern that he wouldn’t be able to be a successful single parent while he was running for office. Donald J. Trump had already endorsed Parnell for the senate seat.
Real estate developer Jeff Bartos has remained in the Republican primary, former Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands has also stayed in the race. Current Bridgewater Associates CEO and former Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, David McCormick, is also thought to be considering a run.
Author: Steven Sinclaire