Trump’s support for Dr. Oz told the nation’s Senate to scrutinize the recommendations, alienating the opposition

PHOTO FILE: Mehmet Oz, who is running for the U.S. Senate, speaks at a press conference in York, Pennsylvania, US, February 5, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah Beier/File Photo/File Photo

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PHILADELPHIA, April 13 (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s decision to support Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race has divided local Republican officials and lawmakers into believing he decided to leave the race to run for a Republican candidate. The teachers were familiar with the local discussions told Reuters.

Oz and David McCormick, a former hedge fund CEO who hired former Trump aides to make his announcement, are the two top candidates in the Republican election race to decide who is the next candidate. Democrats in the November election. The nation’s Senate can determine the power of the Senate and the outcome of Democratic President Joe Biden’s legislative process.

In recent months, top lawmakers have demanded that Trump stay out of the Republican primary during regular monthly meetings in his native Mar-a-Largo, Florida where the ideas of the candidates are evaluated, according to the teachers. At the last meeting, held in March, the first president and advisers agreed to leave the decision for now, teachers said.

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A third reason with knowledge of the situation is that Trump’s wife Melania allegedly encouraged him to support Oz.

There were no prior internal discussions about the approval.

While Oz and McCormick are fighting for Trump’s support, lawmakers don’t know why Trump should support either of them, because both men are happy with the America First program and the first president.

“It’s not like knocking on a non-Trumpper,” he admits to Oz, one of the teachers said, using a name often used to describe low-income Republicans. denying that Trump is too close to politics.

Finally, Trump always makes the last phone call and “he goes with his stomach,” the second teacher said.

No reason can explain why Trump changed his mind and decided to bring Oz back.

A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Brittany Yanick, spokeswoman for the Oz campaign, said there was nothing surprising about Trump’s support.

“President Trump supported Dr. Mehmet Oz because he was an outside conservative against Joe Biden and the far left,” he said.

McCormick’s announcement did not directly answer questions about admission.

While the first is about a solid base of competitors, recent polls show Oz and McCormick are the first.

Oz, a Turkish American, hosted the syndicated “The Dr. Oz Show” and is a household name in the United States, but his public image was caught in 2014 when he told lawyers he was trying to fraudulent food product advertisements published by some of the products. in his presentation, lacks a “scientific association.”

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The first president’s approval confused and angered Republicans in pro-Trump areas of Pennsylvania.

Mark Hrutkay, vice president of the Republican Party in Washington County in western Pennsylvania, said callers have been filling his office phone since Trump announced the resignation Saturday night.

“I did not receive a call from a voter who supported the vote. They’re angry, ”Hrutkay said.“ This doesn’t mean they’re going to leave Trump, because they aren’t. They don’t know how to agree.

Sean Parnell, who was Trump’s first nominee in the Senate before stepping down amid allegations of sexual harassment, said Oz doesn’t have a conservative history and is charged by a long list of “head” moments from his years on film.

Sam DeMarco, head of the Republican Party in Allegheny County, also known as Pittsburgh, was also shocked by Trump’s decision to weigh in and didn’t expect to have a big impact.

“Voters have a lot of questions about Oz’s conservative beliefs on issues like guns and genocide.” DeMarco said. “I don’t know why (Trump) decided to support this time of the race. He’s putting his confidence in the line.”

Chris Borick, a political scientist at Muhlenberg University in Pennsylvania, said “Trump went to a party” with Oz’s approval.

“It really takes a toll for Trump, whose goal in the end is to look good and there’s a good chance he won’t do it when the race is over,” Borick said.

However, some Trump supporters in Pennsylvania fully support his support for Oz and are unaware of the blowback that is taking place.

“People continue to be negative. Oz is a good candidate,” said Lee Snover, a Trump staunch member of the Republican Party in Northampton County.

“I had the same experience when I supported Trump and people blamed me. They were wrong then and they were wrong for Oz,” Snover said.

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Reported by Jarrett Renshaw, Reproduction by Alexandra Ulmer, edited by Ross Colvin and Alistair Bell

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