- Dr. Mehmet Oz is preparing to compete for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, according to two persons familiar with his preparations.
As per the two sources familiar with his plans, Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the presenter of TV’s Dr. Oz Show, is preparing to run for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican.
If Oz runs, he’ll bring his unequaled name recognition and money to a wide-open campaign that’s likely to be one of the most argued in the country, with the outcome determining Senate control in next year’s election.
Oz, a longtime New Jersey resident, would enter a Republican field resetting with an infusion of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to former President Donald Trump’s supporters now that the Trump-endorsed candidate has dropped out.
As per the two people who talked to The Associated Press, Oz, 61, has contacted acquaintances and Republicans in Pennsylvania about his ambitions in recent days.
Oz told one individual personally, while the other was informed through a separate chat. Both people talked on the condition of anonymity to discuss personal matters.
Oz has only publicly stated that he was encouraged to run through a TV program spokeswoman.
The revelation could be made on Fox News’s Sean Hannity’s show on Tuesday night, which Hannity teased by stating Oz would be on the show and that “he has a tremendous news.” Consider the midterm elections.”
Last year, as one of the most crucial presidential electoral prizes in the country, Pennsylvania helped Democrat Joe Biden win the election. After Trump narrowly won it by 1 percentage point in 2016, the swing state was returned to Democratic control.
Oz may be forced to explain why he hasn’t run for office in New Jersey, where he has been for the past two decades, until this year, when he began voting in Pennsylvania’s elections by absentee ballot, using his in-laws’ suburban Philadelphia address.
His lifelong residence is in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, above the Hudson River and overlooking Manhattan, where he films his TV show and performs medicine. Following his appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show, Oz became a household name.
Source: Global News
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