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.
© Bonnie Biess/Getty Images Dr. Oz visits SiriusXM Studios on February 10, 2020 in New York City. Bonnie Biess/Getty Images
- Dr. Mehmet Oz used his in-laws' address to register to vote in Pennsylvania last year, according to the the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- The TV host is now running for US Senate in the state as a Republican.
- Oz has lived in New Jersey for several years.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who announced he's running for a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, reportedly used his in-law's Pennsylvania address to register to vote in the state last year.
Oz lived in New Jersey for several years, but last year he registered to vote in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County, using his in-law's address in Bryn Athyn to do so, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Women would be required to register with the Selective Service if this amendment becomes law
A congressional amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to see women register in case of a military draft has mostly bipartisan support.When Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess, they will be working overtime to approve the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass national security package. It includes an amendment that would require women ages 18 to 25 to register for the Selective Service, alongside men.
A representative for Oz's campaign said he does live in Pennsylvania.
"Dr. Oz lives in Pennsylvania, votes in Pennsylvania, and has his medical license in Pennsylvania. Dr. Oz grew up in the Greater Philadelphia region, less than 5 miles from the PA border. He went to school in Pennsylvania, met his wife and got married in Pennsylvania, and 2 of his children were born in Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, where his wife's family has lived for a hundred years," Erin Perrine said.
The celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of the "Dr. Oz Show" is now campaigning as a Republican in the swing-state, hoping to take the seat vacated by long-serving Sen. Pat Toomey.
"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 said in a column announcing his campaign in the Washington Examiner.
Trump-backed candidate's Pennsylvania Senate race exit shakes up GOP primary, opens door to new contenders
The Republican primary battle for an open GOP held Senate seat in battleground Pennsylvania just got even more turbulent, as the Trump backed candidate dropped outThe day after Sean Parnell, the perceived front-runner in the race who enjoyed the backing of former President Donald Trump, suspended his campaign hours after he lost a bitter fight for custody of his three children to his estranged wife, a GOP strategist with ties to the Pennsylvania contest emphasized that the news "definitely shakes up the race. It gives a huge opening for someone to rise.
In his announcement, Oz criticized "government-mandated policies that caused unnecessary suffering" during the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, he celebrated former President Donald Trump for his work on the COVID-19 vaccine program.
New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr., who represents NJ's ninth district — where Oz has resided — responded to the news in a Tweet Tuesday.
"I want to congratulate my North Jersey constituent Dr. Oz on his run for US Senate in Pennsylvania. I'm sure this fully genuine candidacy will capture the hearts of Pennsylvanians," he said.
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Lawmakers kill measure that would have required women to register for the Selective Service .
Congressional negotiators nixed a provision that would have required women to sign up for the Selective Service and any future military drafts.The House passed the National Defense Authorization Acton Tuesday evening after stripping the draft amendment from the legislation. It would have required women ages 18 to 25 to register for the Selective Service, as men do under current law. .