Celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Oz revealed on Tuesday that he’s running in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race. In an announcement in the Washington Examiner that makes no mention of the state of Pennsylvania but touts his career in medicine and TV, Dr. Mehmet Oz said he was running “to help fix the problems and to help us heal.” “We have not managed our crises as effectively as past generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions,” the doctor wrote. I’m running for the Senate to empower you to control your destiny, to reinvigorate our great nation, and to reignite the divine spark that we should always be seeing in each other.”
Oz will be running as a Republican to replace current Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring at the end of this session of Congress. Despite being a longtime New Jersey resident in a fancy apartment overlooking Manhattan, Oz voted in Pennsylvania’s elections this year by registering at his in-laws’ address in Philly. According to TMZ, his campaign staff roster has already been lined up, including GOP powerhouse Chris Hansen, who ran the National Republican Senatorial Committee.