Celebrity Doctor Mehmet Oz to Run for U.S. Senate Seat in Pennsylvania as a Republican

Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz announced on Nov. 30 that he will run for Senate as a Republican in Pennsylvania next year.

“During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal,” Oz wrote in a guest op-ed column published by The Washington Examiner.

Oz, 61, also said in a one-minute announcement video that he was running because “America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington.”

Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, criticized the federal response to COVID-19, saying that the government and “elite thinkers” used COVID-19 as an excuse “to suspend debate.”

“Dissenting opinions from leading scholars were ridiculed and canceled so their ideas could not be disseminated,” Oz wrote without specifying which ideas he was referring to.

Oz has faced criticism over the years for promoting unproven health products and practices, including diet pills that brought him before a Senate committee in 2014.

Oz joins a Republican primary field that already includes 2018 lieutenant governor nominee Jeff Bartos, Trump’s former ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands, and former Treasury Department official David McCormick.

In a statement, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesperson Patrick Burgwinkle said that Oz’s campaign “demonstrates the chaos” in the Republican Senate primary.

Though Oz has never held elected office, Trump appointed him to the Presidential Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition in 2018 and reappointed him in 2020.

Oz rose to fame when he became a frequent guest at Oprah Winfrey’s daytime talk show in the 2000s. He eventually launched his own show in 2009, which continues to air in syndication.

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