EXETER – Dr. Mehmet Oz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, attended a private fundraising event in Exeter on Thursday night at the American Grill, 1320 Wyoming Ave.
He stopped at the home of nearby Luzerne County Republican Party Chairman PJ Pribula before heading to the event and briefly answering questions from local media waiting outside the event. .
But it was his wife Lisa who addressed perhaps one of the most contentious issues of the campaign so far: she and her husband live in Pennsylvania, she said.
“He supports Pennsylvania. He’s running for the Senate because he believes in Pennsylvania and wants to help,” Lisa Oz said of her husband, a longtime New Jersey resident whose residency in that state has been questioned by critics. of both parties.
Oz won a close race against David McCormick in the May 17 primary. He faces Democrat John Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, in the November general election.
According to the results of the national electionsOz won Luzerne County with 40.57% of the vote, or 13,967 votes, to 34.06% for closest contender McCormick, who garnered 11,725 votes.
On the Democratic side, Fetterman won Luzerne County with 68.76%, or 18,634 votes, to 22%, or 5,962 votes, for the closest contender, Rep. Conor Lamb.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Oz said he felt he did well in Luzerne County in the primary and believed he had the support of many conservative Democrats, especially since the inflation continues to pinch consumers.
“A lot of people tell me when I come to this area that they’re angry, they’re very upset about the extremely high energy prices,” Oz said, adding that he’s spoken to many people who think that “it’s almost done deliberately by the (Biden) administration,” although he didn’t elaborate.
Oz also said he believed Fetterman was on the far left of President Joe Biden.
Asked about the Jan. 6 Committee hearings, Oz said he didn’t follow them closely, and he didn’t say if he thought anyone broke the law, but that if anyone broke the law, he should suffer the consequences.
Oz was endorsed in the primary by former President Donald Trump, whose actions on January 6, 2021 are at the center of the committee’s investigation into the attack on the US Capitol that day by Trump supporters.
Thursday’s event was well attended, including a number of key names in Luzerne County Republican circles such as Pribula, State Senator Lisa Baker, State Representative Aaron Kaufer and District Attorney of Sam Sanguedolce county.