Pennsylvania Republicans are puzzled by Dr. Oz's possible Senate candidacy: report
"I don't know a single politically involved person in Pennsylvania who's not being paid who wants to be involved in this effort," a GOP strategist told Politico.However, according to a Politico report, Dr. Oz is looking to potentially jump into Pennsylvania's 2022 Senate race to succeed two-term Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, and he's already reportedly scouting the vote-rich Philadelphia suburbs for a home.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show, is planning to run for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, according to two people familiar with his plans. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Dec. 4, 2019 file photo shows Dr. Mehmet Oz at the 14th annual L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Gala in New York. Oz, joins the Republican field of possible candidates aiming to capture Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat in next year's election. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Should Oz run, he would bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to among the nation’s most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year's election.
'This crowd is so big and unknown': Pennsylvania Senate scramble could include Dr. Oz and former Bush official
Senate candidate Sean Parnell's abrupt end to his campaign in Pennsylvania has shaken up the Republican primary field in a crucial race as the party seeks to win a majority next fall. © Provided by CNN According to multiple Republican operatives in and outside of the Keystone State, the slate of GOP candidates could expand in coming weeks to include hedge fund executive David McCormick and daytime TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz. "Right now you've got a wide-open, fluid field in Pennsylvania," said Charlie Dent, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania and a CNN contributor.Republican Sen.
Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race.
Oz, 61, in recent days has told associates and Republicans in Pennsylvania of his plans, according to the two people who spoke to The Associated Press. One person was told by Oz directly, while the other was briefed on a separate conversation. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Publicly, Oz has only said through a TV show spokesperson that he had received encouragement to run.
The announcement could come Tuesday night on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, which Hannity previewed by saying that Oz would appear on it and that “he has a huge announcement. Hint: think midterm election.”
Dr. Oz announces he's running for US Senate as a Republican in swing-state Pennsylvania
The celebrity physician announced his campaign to replace Sen. Pat Toomey in a column published in the Washington Examiner on Tuesday."I'm running for the Senate to empower you to control your destiny, to reinvigorate our great nation, and to reignite the divine spark that we should always be seeing in each other," Oz, who is running as a Republican, said in a Washington Examiner column announcing the campaign.
As one of the nation’s biggest presidential electoral prizes, Pennsylvania put Democrat Joe Biden over the top in last year’s election. His 1 percentage point victory put the swing state back in Democratic hands after Trump won it even more narrowly in 2016.
Oz may have to explain why he isn’t running for office in New Jersey, where he has lived for the past two decades before he began voting in Pennsylvania’s elections this year by absentee ballot, registered to his in-laws’ address in suburban Philadelphia.
His longtime home is above the Hudson River in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, overlooking Manhattan, where he films his TV show and practices medicine. Oz became a household name after gaining fame as a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s show. ___
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FCC's 'Equal Time' Rules Prompt Stations to Take The 'Dr. Oz Show' Off The Air .
TV stations that air in and around Pennsylvania announced Wednesday they would stop airing Dr. Oz's show in an effort to avoid violating the campaign rule.The announcement comes a day after the host of the show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, officially entered the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reported.