Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is the host of the controversial Dr. Oz show, just announced that he is going to try to win the Republican seat in Pennsylvania’s Senate race.
After current Republican Senator Pat Toomey announced his retirement, many jumped at a potential Senate run.
Dr. Oz is going to be competing against Philadelphia-area business Jeff Bartos. Also in the race is Carla Sands, who served as the ambassador to Denmark under former President Donald Trump. The former official in the Treasury Department during the term of former President George W. Bush, David McCormick, has also thrown his hat in the race.
GOP candidate Sean Parnell, who Trump had endorsed, has backed out of the race.
It seems Dr. Oz is going all-in on the Senate race, as he has replaced the show website with his official campaign. Now, when people go to doctoroz.com, they reach his official campaign site instead.
Why Is Doctor Oz Running For Senate?
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Dr. Oz began his plea to the American people by comparing the country to an operating room.
“Today, America’s heartbeat is in a code red in need of a defibrillator to shock it back to life,” he wrote. “Many of us feel like we’re in the adjacent operating room, armed with insights and already scrubbed up but reluctant to leave our quiet, serene setting for the chaos next door. But for me, stepping into the political arena is the right thing to do.”
He added, “Witnessing our nation’s failings of Covid, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for United States Senate—to help fix the problems and to help us all heal.”
He concluded his message by saying, “I’m running for U.S. Senate to reignite our divine spark, bravely fight for freedom, and will tell it like it is.”
Dr. Oz Got Called A ‘Snake Oil Salesman’ On Capitol Hill
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It may be difficult for Dr. Oz to rise above the controversy that he has faced over the past few years.
In 2014, he was dubbed a “snake oil salesman” when he was grilled at a Senate panel on Capitol Hill for “peddling magic weight-loss cures” on his show.
In 2015, a group of doctors wrote a letter to Columbia University, stating that Oz, who was vice-chair of the department of surgery at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, should be fired.
“Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine,” the letter began. “Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.”
Dr. Oz most recently appeared on “Jeopardy!” for two weeks when he was competing with over a dozen guest hosts to fill the shoes of the late Alex Trebek.
However, former contestants banded together to beg “Jeopardy!” to revoke his guest slot.
“We understand that first and foremost, Jeopardy! is a television show, and ratings are important,” the letter read. “However, Dr. Oz stands in opposition to everything that Jeopardy! stands for. Jeopardy! is a show that values facts and knowledge. Throughout his nearly two decades on television, he has used his authority as a doctor to push harmful ideas onto the American public, in stark contrast with his oath to do no harm.”
The letter then listed several harmful practices, including endorsing supplements as “cures” with no medical backing, supporting gay conversion therapy (which has been banned in over twenty states), pushing dangerous “cures” for autism, as well as repeating the claim that hydroxychloroquine was an acceptable treatment for COVID-19.
He was able to complete his guest-hosting run, but many fans chose to boycott, leading to him being one of the lowest-rated celebrity guest hosts. Perhaps he will have more luck in the Pennsylvania Senate race than he will with “Jeopardy!” fans.