Multi-millionaire Dr Oz opponent insists he can still win Pennsylvania Senate race

Pennsylvania Senate Republican hopeful David McCormick insists he can still win the Commonwealth GOP primary despite former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Dr Mehmet Oz.

“I think President Trump’s endorsement is definitely a big deal, but I think the bigger deal is that Mehmet is not a conservative, not an America-first conservative,” McCormick said. told radio host Rich Zeoli In Monday. “And so I’m showing up here to convince the people of Pennsylvania that I’m going to be the guy who’s going to fight for them in Washington and make this agenda, this America First agenda, a reality.”

McCormick suggested that Oz received Trump’s endorsement because of their “friendship” and not because they are necessarily politically aligned.

“I think he was good friends with Mehmet Oz, knew him throughout Oz’s TV career in Hollywood, and they also have homes close to each other. in Palm Beach, Florida, so I think there was a real friendship there,” McCormick said.

McCormick said he respects Trump.

“He’s incredibly popular in Pennsylvania, as you well know, and has a huge following among conservatives. Not Mehmet Oz. You look at the polls, he’s not considered a conservative and for good reason,’ the GOP hopeful said.

Some of Trump’s most vocal allies have made similar complaints, after Trump announced Saturday night that he would endorse Oz in the May 17 Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Senate Republican hopeful David McCormick (pictured) insists he can still win the Commonwealth GOP primary despite former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Dr Mehmet Oz

Former President Donald Trump

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Conservatives are grumbling at former President Donald Trump’s (left) decision to back Dr Mehmet Oz (right) in the May 17 Republican Senate primary

Conservatives on Twitter were quick to point out that Oz previously expressed support for Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide, and dedicated an episode of his long-running TV show to transgender children.

“That’s not very conservative, Doc!” commented Jack Posobiec of Human Events, originally from Pennsylvania, sharing vintage footage from the Oz episode about transgender children.

Posobiec also called Oz the “Romney of the PA” and highlighted a tweet from Oz from 2018 in which the TV personality says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should participate in a study on gun violence. .

Speaking to Zeoli, McCormick pointed to a number of issues where Oz diverged from most conservatives.

“His stance on guns, on life, on transgender transitions for kids, on fracking,” McCormick noted.

McCormick said he was the candidate running “as a big supporter of the president and a belief that his policies, the America First agenda, are the right policies for the country.”

Trump initially backed Sean Parnell, who pulled out of the race amid a custody dispute with his ex-wife, with a judge finding his abuse allegations credible.

Parnell began criticizing Trump’s endorsement of Oz within hours of the statement’s release.

Jack Posobiec of Human Events, originally from Pennsylvania, tweeted footage from a vintage episode of Dr. Oz focusing on transgender kids

Jack Posobiec of Human Events, originally from Pennsylvania, tweeted footage from a vintage episode of Dr. Oz focusing on transgender kids

Posobiec also highlighted a tweet from Oz from 2018 suggesting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should conduct a study on gun violence.

Posobiec also highlighted a tweet from Oz from 2018 suggesting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should conduct a study on gun violence.

“You are not America First. You are not a conservative. You’re not even from Pennsylvania. Hell no,’ Parnell tweeted, sharing Oz’s tweet announcing Trump’s endorsement.

Conservative pundit Erick Erickson has criticized Trump’s inner circle for giving him bad advice.

“It’s like Donald Trump’s staff sabotaging Trump by convincing him to make the worst endorsements possible,” Erickson tweeted on Saturday night, shortly after Trump went public with his Oz pick.

While Trump’s endorsement of another TV personality isn’t surprising, it’s when some of Trump’s former top aides — including Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller — help McCormick in his campaign.

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican who lost Trump’s Senate endorsement when he encouraged a Trump rally audience to drop the ex-president’s false 2020 voter fraud allegations, has also criticized the choice.

“This is happening because Trump has surrounded himself with employees who are on McConnell’s payroll and hostile to the MAGA agenda,” Brooks said. “Everyone tells Trump who approves in the primaries works for The Swamp.”

‘They played it. Again,” Brooks said.

Trump's previous selection for the Pennsylvania Senate, Sean Parnell, was quick to speak out against his endorsement of Oz

Trump’s previous selection for the Pennsylvania Senate, Sean Parnell, was quick to speak out against his endorsement of Oz

Expert Erick Erickson tweeted on Saturday evening:

Expert Erick Erickson tweeted on Saturday night: ‘It’s like Donald Trump’s staff are sabotaging Trump by convincing him to make the worst endorsements possible’

Based in Pennsylvania Writer Washington Examiner Salena Zito asked grassroots Republican activists about Trump’s decision to back his fellow TV personality, and they weren’t impressed.

“President Trump was very offbeat in choosing Oz,” Washington County Republican Party Chairman Dave Ball told Zito. “I would like to know who lives in Pennsylvania and who knows that the voters did tell Trump to choose Oz.”

“I think President Trump very, very rarely does anything that isn’t thought out and doesn’t have a very reasoned and logical basis, but, for some reason, in this particular case, he chose to ignore all that and approve of Oz,’ Ball added.

Ball told Zito he had received calls from conservatives complaining about Trump’s choice.

“People called me all day and said, ‘What the hell was he thinking? “Ball said.

Trump made the announcement Saturday night ahead of his rally in North Carolina.

The ex-president said Oz would do well in traditionally Democratic Pittsburgh and Philadelphia “where other candidates just won’t be accepted.”

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican who lost Trump's Senate endorsement when he encouraged a Trump rally audience to drop the ex-president's false 2020 voter fraud allegations, has also criticized the choice.

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican who lost Trump’s Senate endorsement when he encouraged a Trump rally audience to drop the ex-president’s false 2020 voter fraud allegations, has also criticized the choice.

“I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, albeit only through his highly successful TV show. He lived with us through the screen and was always popular , respected and intelligent,” Trump said in a statement. “He even said I was in amazing health, which made me love him even more (although he also said I should lose a few pounds!),” Trump added.

Trump also predicted that Oz would be a hit with Republican female voters.

“Women, in particular, are drawn to Dr. Oz for his guidance and counsel,” Trump said. “I’ve seen that many times over the years. They know him, believe in him and trust him.

Zito discovered that was not necessarily the case.

Nottingham Township resident Heather Wilhelm told the Washington Examiner writer that she wouldn’t vote for Oz – despite being a Trump supporter.

Wilhelm suggested that other conservatives would follow.

“Talking to other conservative voters in my circles, there hasn’t been much support for Dr. Oz,” Wilhelm said. “I think maybe the people Oz is attracting are moderate voters,” she added.

On Tuesday, Trump once again inserted himself into Pennsylvania politics — this time issuing a non-endorsement in the race for Commonwealth governor.

“One person in Pennsylvania that I will not endorse is Bill McSwain for Governor,” Trump announced. “He was the US Attorney who did absolutely nothing about the massive voter fraud that took place in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth.”

As with Brooks, Trump has refused to back candidates who pushed back against the so-called “big lie,” the ex-president’s false claims that widespread voter fraud prevented him from winning a second term.

While Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro appears to have the gubernatorial nomination on hold, there is a wide range of Republican hopefuls, including state Sen. Doug Mastriano and former U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta.

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