A major Pennsylvania newspaper has endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz which could provide a much-needed boost in a tight Senate race just a week before the midterm elections are held.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 0r PG, the largest newspaper in the metropolitan area, has announced its endorsement of Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in his Senate race against Democrat John Fetterman. The paper’s editorial board began to relay their decision to their readership in a slightly reserved, regretful tone. The article laments the quality of the race, the debates, and the candor of the candidates. Despite their disappointment in the campaign season, they make it absolutely clear who they will support come November 8th.
“We believe Mr. Oz is the better bet for Pennsylvania,” they wrote.
The board referred to last Tuesday’s debate as the only time voters received revelatory information regarding where the two candidates stood on crucial issues.
“During Tuesday’s debate, after hundreds of thousands of votes had already been cast, voters finally learned something about where the candidates stood. They learned, among other things, that Mr. Oz opposes federal intervention in abortion rights, and Mr. Fetterman supports the broader Constitutional guarantees provided by the overturned Roe v. Wade decision. They learned Mr. Fetterman supports a federally mandated $15-an-hour minimum wage, and Mr. Oz wants market forces to raise wages. They learned both candidates support fracking. They also learned both men are politicians, as they ducked and dodged questions about why they had changed their minds on fracking.”
Last week’s debate alone serves as a strong argument against early voting as citizens were finally made aware – after a large sum of ballots had already been cast – the extent to which Fetterman is, unfortunately, struggling with his health.
The editorial board, however, didn’t cite Fetterman’s health as their principal concern. They point to his willingness to deceive the electorate by refusing to reveal his medical records. “It suggests an impulse to conceal and a mistrust of the people. All candidates for a major elected office should release their medical records, as did Mr. Oz,” said the board.
The board was sure to point out their concerns about Fetterman’s experience as well. Fetterman has held the office of lieutenant governor, a job without a long list of demands, for only one term, and his previous political experience was that of the mayor of the small borough of Braddock.
“He is the former mayor of Braddock, a borough of 2,000 residents. Although the job paid $150 a month, Mr. Fetterman could make it, in effect, a full-time position because of his family’s support,” the article read.
“Mr. Fetterman’s life experience and maturity are also concerns. He has lived off his family’s money for much of his life,” they continued. Though they did remark that Fetterman’s financial support from his family has allowed him to benefit his community, they remained concerned with his lack of responsibilities, and connection with the average worker.
“Still, Mr. Fetterman, despite his hoodies and shorts, has little experience in holding real jobs or facing the problems of working people.” One doesn’t simply become salt of the earth by adorning themselves in Carhartt.
The board celebrated Oz’s upbringing as a first-generation American, crediting his successes and wealth largely to his own “talent and determination.” They appeared to be cautiously optimistic about Oz’s potential in the U.S. Senate.
“Unlike most Republican politicians, candidate Oz spent a lot of time in poor urban neighborhoods, talking to people and, most important, listening and learning. He is more moderate on some issues than portrayed. We don’t believe he will be a stooge for the far right or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”
“In a race on which much depends and little is certain, Mehmet Oz has shown he is better equipped to lead and deliver for Pennsylvania,” they concluded unabashedly.
Dr. Oz responded to the paper’s endorsement, calling them a “fabulous paper” and noting they wouldn’t normally support a conservative candidate. “But God bless them… they’ve had enough as well – they’re a big paper in Pittsburgh.”
The Gazette’s surprise endorsement could prove to be the boost Oz needs as the latest polling shows him only marginally behind Fetterman ahead of what will be a much-anticipated finale next week.
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