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Mehmet Oz, a prominent heart surgeon who has also promoted problematic health advice to national television audiences, has entered the race for the closely watched Pennsylvania US Senate. tight.
Oz, a longtime New Jersey resident, is running as a Republican in an effort to represent Keystone State. The open contest is likely to play a big role in which party controls the Senate for the next political term.
“We are angry at our government and at each other,” Oz said in a right-wing Tuesday statement. Judge Washington declare his candidacy.
“We have not managed our crises as effectively as previous generations,” he wrote. “During a pandemic, I’ve learned that when you combine politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I’m running for the United States Senate: to help fix problems. problems and help us heal.”
The race in Pennsylvania is likely to be one of the most consequential in the upcoming election, and Oz has a medical background at a time when the American public is simultaneously grappling with A deadly pandemic and a serious disinformation crisis threaten the public health and democracy of the nation. .
When he announced his candidacy for the Senate, Oz was proud of his background as both the child of immigrants and a medical professional.
“More than 750,000 people in the United States have died from the virus, a devastating loss to families and communities,” he wrote in his statement. “Many of those deaths were preventable. COVID-19 has become an excuse for governments and elite thinkers who control the media to suspend debate.
“Instead, the government mandates policies that cause unnecessary suffering. The public is patronized and deceived instead of empowered.”
His entry into the GOP Senate competition follows Sean Parnell’s suspended his candidacy last week. Parnell had the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.