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Mehmet Oz (R. NJ)

Rolling Stone launched an excellent piece yesterday about how Quack Physician and U.S. Senate candidate, Mehmet Oz (R. NJ), is a menace to our democracy. To cite the outdated saying, “You’re judged by the corporate you retain”:


However whereas Ozpays lip service to the 2020 election outcomes, he has quietly loaded up his 2022 marketing campaign with true believers in Trump’s “Huge Lie” — together with ones who attended Trump’s notorious Jan. 6 rally aimed toward nullifying Joe Biden’s victory.

Based on data reviewed by Rolling Stone, no less than two Ozcampaign staffers attended Trump’s Jan. 6 “Cease the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. The rally, through which Trump declared the election stolen and inspired supporters to “battle like hell” to strain Vice President Mike Pence to overturn it, immediately preceded the lethal Capitol riot.

Lee Snover, described as Ozs campaign coordinator for Northampton County, attended the Jan. 6 “Cease the Steal” rally on the mall and mentioned she walked to the Capitol that day however didn’t trespass on Capitol grounds. “I bought to the Capitol steps,” she advised Lehigh Valley Stay that day. “The one violence I noticed have been the police teargassing patriots for no purpose.”

Neither Snover nor Ozs marketing campaign responded to a number of requests for remark.

Snover, who serves as Northampton County GOP chair, doesn’t seem in Federal Election Fee data as a paid Ozstaffer, however she has been recognized as Ozs native marketing campaign coordinator in media experiences.

4 days earlier than she attended Trump’s “Cease the Steal” rally in D.C., Snover participated in a Zoom name with a whole lot of state legislators from swing states the place Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Peter Navarro, and John Eastman laid out plans on “decertify” their states’ outcomes and cease the counting of electoral votes in Congress.

“It was an informative name. It was all fact-based, informative. It was actually not even a political name,” Snover mentioned in a conservative-talk-radio look two days earlier than the rebel. Within the interview, Snover dismissed state election officers as unpersuadable and mentioned that Republicans’ focus ought to stay on getting state legislators to induce Pence to not depend their state’s votes. “That’s why we want the state legislators to do it. The secretaries of state are by no means going to alter it.”

One other Ozstaffer, Josh Bashline, who serves as a paid political adviser, additionally attended Trump’s Jan. 6 “Cease the Steal” rally, in line with an interview he gave to an area newspaper. Bashline initially helped the Ozcampaign as a volunteer poll watcher throughout his main contest with David McCormack, however FEC data present the staffer stayed on the payroll no less than as lately as Sept. 30.

The discrepancy between Ozand his employees on Trump’s election lies mirrors Ozs personal double-speak on what actually occurred in 2020.

Throughout his narrowly gained Republican main run, Ozleaned closely into rhetoric that the election nonetheless wanted investigation — and that 2020 was an occasion “we can not transfer on” from. However after the first, the TV physician mentioned he wouldn’t have joined potential colleagues like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz in attempting to overturn Biden’s election victory. “I might not have objected to it,” Oztold a press convention about former Vice President Pence’s counting of electoral votes within the Senate. 

Behind the scenes, there have been instances, nevertheless, when Ozand his chief advisers have tried to guarantee some present and former Republican allies that the candidate helps American democracy.

In textual content messages obtained by Rolling Stone, Larry Weitzner, a high ad-maker for Trump’s presidential runs and a Crew Ozconsultant, debated Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a media determine and participant in conservative pro-Israel circles, on Might 2 on whether or not or not Dr. Oz is actually a Trumpist election denier. The superstar rabbi was as soon as a detailed pal and adviser to Dr. Oz, however has since turned on the MAGA-fied doctor and calls the Senate marketing campaign “grotesque, ”a waste,” and worse.

It’s vital to know this as a result of Trump has his sights on difficult this yr’s election, particularly in Philadelphia:

IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, Donald Trump welcomed a handful of Republican allies to Manhattan’s Trump Tower with an pressing message: He noticed a “rip-off” taking place with midterm election voting in Philadelphia and elsewhere in Pennsylvania, and he needed conservatives to do one thing about it.

“Throughout our briefing, he was involved that 2020 goes to occur once more in 2022,” says former senior Trump administration official Michael Caputo, referencing Trump’s debunked assertion that voter fraud in Philadelphia helped win Pennsylvania for Joe Biden. Caputo — who attended the assembly alongside Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko and retired CIA officer Sam Faddis — says they’d a message again to the previous president: “Our team encouraged him to be involved … [Furthermore], I’m advising Republicans to recruit and prepare election observers and a staff of attorneys to supervise traditionally problematic precincts.”

But it surely’s not only one assembly, and it’s not simply Philly.

In current months, Trump has convened a sequence of in-person conferences and convention calls to debate laying the groundwork to problem the 2022 midterm election outcomes, 4 folks conversant in the conversations inform Rolling Stone. In these conversations, pro-Trump teams, attorneys, Republican Get together activists, and MAGA diehards typically focus on the kind of scorched-earth authorized ways they may deploy.

They usually’ve gamed out eventualities for aggressively problem elections, significantly ones through which a winner just isn’t declared on Election Night time. If there’s any trace of doubt in regards to the winners, the groups plan to wage aggressive court docket campaigns and launch a media blitz. Trump himself set the blueprint for this on Election Night time 2020, when — with the race removed from determined — he went on nationwide tv to declare: “Frankly, we did win this election.”

Trump has been briefed on plans in a number of states and significant races — together with in Georgia. However Pennsylvania has grabbed his curiosity most keenly, together with within the Senate contest between Democrat John Fetterman and the Trump-endorsed GOP contender Mehmet Oz. If the Republican doesn’t win by a large sufficient margin to set off a speedy concession from Fetterman — or if the vote tally is shut on or after Election Night time in November — Trump and different Republicans are already making ready to wage a authorized and activist campaign in opposition to the “election integrity” of Democratic strongholds such because the Philly space.

Trump’s give attention to Pennsylvania, nevertheless, appears to be extra about his personal political future than about social gathering allegiance or fealty to his superstar endorsee. As he hosts conferences on attainable 2022 election challenges, he’s additionally been laying the groundwork for a run in 2024 — the place Pennsylvania once more guarantees to be crucial and aggressive. As one supply who has spoken to Trump a number of instances a couple of potential post-election-day authorized battle over the OzFetterman race places it, Trump views a possible midterm problem as a “costume rehearsal for Trump 2024.”

And don’t forget the craziness in the Governor’s race:


And in Pennsylvania … there’s Toni Shuppe.

Shuppe, a political activist and shut ally of Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano, lately revealed the ultimate installment of her five-part “Plan for Victory in November” that she says is designed to “cease the steal of 2022.”

By virtually any metric, the plan is chock-full of unhealthy concepts.

Shuppe, for instance, is urging voters to forged their ballots “as late within the day as attainable” on Election Day to intentionally “overwhelm the system.” The rationale for that is primarily based on her principle that voting machines — which she calls “cheat machines” — are linked to the web (they don’t seem to be) and being manipulated by a hacker.

“Make him assume he’s bought the cheat within the bag and no person will discover,” Shuppe wrote on Substack, referring to an unnamed hacker, “then overwhelm him over the past hour with a turnout he can’t sustain with.”

Shuppe — who has acknowledged herself or shared others’ posts claiming that Pizzagate is “absolutely real,” 9/11 was “a false flag,” and the Flight 93 crash was faked — has additionally inspired supporters to file video of voters going to poll drop containers through the midterms. She floated the concept of approaching already-overworked elections clerks in Pennsylvania “with a proposal they’ll’t refuse,” by utilizing public data requests as a menace to power them to hand-count paper ballots.

“They’re inundated with RTK [Right to Know] requests for forged vote data and the like,” Shuppe wrote. “We inform them that it’s solely going to worsen after election day with everybody making an attempt to confirm the counts as a result of nobody trusts the machines.”

Her writings, whereas common amongst election deniers, are significantly problematic, due to her sizable following and her political connections. A resident of Beaver County, Shuppe is the cofounder of Audit the Vote PA, which collected 100,000 signatures in 2021 in an try to power state lawmakers to analyze the 2020 presidential election. She additionally met with former President Donald Trump that yr.


Requested about his affiliation with a social community that may be a haven for antisemitism and for his criticism of his rival’s Jewish day college, the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania briefly had no phrases.

His spouse did. “I want to make a touch upon that actual fast,” mentioned Rebecca Mastriano, to applause from supporters within the room. “As a household, we a lot love Israel. In truth, I’m going to say we most likely love Israel greater than a variety of Jews do.”

The change, throughout a press query and reply session at a Doug Mastriano marketing campaign cease on Saturday, supplied maybe the clearest encapsulation but of a dynamic that has been dominant within the matchup between Mastriano and Josh Shapiro, who’s Jewish and favored to win.

Mastriano, who’s backed by Donald Trump and espouses beliefs that some have characterised as Christian nationalism, has attracted many far-right supporters, amongst them Andrew Torba, the founding father of Gab, a social community that’s rife with antisemitism and was frequented by the Tree of Life synagogue shooter.

Rebecca Mastriano’s remark mirrors the sentiment that Trump has expressed in statements about Jews and Israel in 2019 and once more earlier this month — that American Jews owe Israel their assist, and that Republicans care extra about Israel than liberals do — which have earned rebuke outdoors the Republican social gathering as a perpetuation of an antisemitic twin loyalty trope.

Democrats are fighting like hell to keep this snake oil salesman out of the U.S. Senate:

The Democratic Senatorial Marketing campaign Committee (DSCC) rolled out a brand new advert on Friday focusing on Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Ozover medical views and merchandise he promoted earlier than operating for workplace.

The advert, titled “Snake,” is part of the DSCC’s $33 million advert funding in aggressive Senate races. The Hill was the primary outlet to report on the 30-second spot.

The advert accuses Ozof ripping “folks off promoting pretend medical cures, and he’s at all times in search of new clients.”

The spot then goes on to assault Ozfor supporting “a radical plan that would lower Social Safety and Medicare,” a reference to Ozs previous reward of a proposal from Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) that included a provision that will sundown federal packages in 5 years with out motion from Congress. Ozhas mentioned he would work to strengthen these packages.

Additionally, the Quack Doctor doesn’t want you to know he pushed this:

In July and once more in September, embattled Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Ozexpressed assist for a Senate invoice to guard same-sex marriage, in a departure from the extra conservative wing of his social gathering. In actuality, the famous New Jersey resident is hardly an LGBTQ rights supporter, talking out in opposition to trans athletes and backing payments mimicking Florida’s dehumanizing “don’t say homosexual” laws.

And but, it appears Ozs marketing campaign doesn’t need you to know any of this. As of Monday afternoon, the Dr. OzShow’s web site seems to have scrubbed all of its 2012 segments about homosexual conversion remedy, together with a three-part interview with an anti-LGBTQ “reparative remedy” advocate, subsequent interviews with advocates at GLAAD and GLSEN rebutting the pro-conversion remedy segments, and a weblog publish from Ozin regards to the “debate” round conversion remedy.

After all, you may nonetheless discover Ozs weblog by way of the online archive, right here. “I felt that we wanted to incorporate all events who’ve thought-about reparative remedy to listen to the tales of people that have tried these therapies,” Ozwrote. “Though some viewers might disagree with this tactic, if we need to attain everybody who may profit from understanding the dangers of this remedy, it’s important to current a number of views.” He mentioned he finally concluded that “not sufficient revealed information [supports] constructive outcomes with homosexual reparative remedy” and expressed concern for its impacts on minors. However even giving a platform to extremists advocating for the torture of LGBTQ youngsters within the title of respecting “each side” and “a number of views” is reprehensible sufficient.

Additionally, fuck this Garbage Person:

Republican Nationwide Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Sunday sidestepped a query about whether or not she regrets mocking President Biden and Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman (D) for his or her talking skills.  

“Fox Information Sunday” host Shannon Bream requested McDaniel to answer her recent comments making mild of the president’s speech obstacle and Fetterman’s talking points following a stroke, asking, “Do you remorse in any respect how that would seem insensitive?”  

“I definitely need Joe Fri — Fetterman — John Fetterman to get higher, and I might by no means make enjoyable of any person who has a stroke. However I’ll say they need to be getting in entrance of the press, and so they’re not, and so they’re hiding,” McDaniel mentioned within the interview, mixing up the 2 Democrats’ names greater than as soon as.  

In an interview final week, McDaniel responded to information that Biden and Fetterman, together with Vice President Harris, would marketing campaign collectively in Pennsylvania by saying that “perhaps they’ll get a full sentence out.”

And Fetterman has been hitting the marketing campaign path onerous. He was recently at my alma mater:

With Election Day simply across the nook, Pennsylvania Lt. Governor and United States Senate Candidate John Fetterman (D) visited Temple College yesterday to talk to the North Philadelphia group about key coverage variations between him and his opponent, Mehmet Oz (R).

The one-hour-long occasion, attended by college students, dad and mom and native residents, was held within the Howard Gittis Pupil Heart and featured speeches from North Philadelphia group members and state and native politicians about how Fetterman’s platform can tackle Philadelphians’ wants.

Sean Jenkins, president of Temple Democrats, opened the occasion by emphasizing the significance of the Nov. 8 election and the way college students’ votes will have an effect on key points, together with abortion and employees’ rights.  

North Philadelphia group organizer, Kathy Barnes, mentioned Fetterman, if elected, will give attention to addressing Pennsylvanians’ wants, like defending reasonably priced healthcare and supporting working-class folks, and urged the viewers to vote within the election.

“This election is a second in time the place our selections matter, our votes matter and the choices that we’ve made,” Barnes mentioned. “We’ll really feel the results of these for many years from now. Pennsylvania is a singular place. John Fetterman is a Pennsylvanian from Pennsylvania who understands Pennsylvania options.”

Pastor Darron McKinney of Brilliant Hope Baptist Church, situated on Cecil B. Moore Avenue and twelfth Road, confused the necessity for a consultant in Washington, D.C. to talk up for marginalized and disenfranchised residents.

“We want a supporter for financial safety that gives a wage with dignity of North Philadelphia. That’s John Fetterman,” McKinney mentioned. “He’s somebody who’s enthusiastic about crime, opioid disaster and job insecurities in Pennsylvania. That’s John Fetterman.”

Here’s the latest polling out of Pennsylvania today:

Democratic Pennsylvania Senate nominee John Fetterman is main Republican Mehmet Ozby 5 factors, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll revealed simply greater than every week earlier than Election Day.

About 49 p.c of probably voters surveyed assist Fetterman whereas 44 p.c again Oz.

The outcomes are much like different polling displaying leads the Democratic candidate has held over Ozfor a lot of the marketing campaign, including a 6-point advantage in a survey final week.

The New York Occasions/Siena College ballot was performed Oct. 24 to Oct. 26 amongst 620 probably voters. The margin of error is 4.4 share factors.

Fetterman’s been getting big name help:

An energized President Joe Biden returned Friday to the Keystone State, his fifteenth go to since he took workplace, this time to attend a fundraiser with Vice President Kamala Harris and different leaders to spice up Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman, gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro and different Pennsylvania Democrats.

The president laid out the stakes instantly, cautioning the Nov. 8 midterm elections have been “not a referendum, it’s a alternative, a alternative between two vastly totally different visions of America.”

“Democracy is on the poll this yr,” he went on. “Alongside along with your proper to decide on, and your proper to privateness. And the superb factor is that they’re saying it out loud.”

The Pennsylvania seat has for months been the most definitely pick-up alternative for Democrats within the evenly-divided Senate, however as prospects darken for Democratic incumbents elsewhere, a win right here is turning into an much more pressing insurance coverage coverage for the social gathering to cling to Senate management.

“It’s not hyperbole to recommend all eyes are on Pennsylvania,” Biden mentioned.

The White Home has showered consideration on the Keystone State — Biden’s birthplace — within the ultimate weeks earlier than the election, and officers are making ready for one more go to subsequent week. Harris advised the group the social gathering wants to choose up simply two extra seats to cross main Democratic agendas on abortion rights and voting rights.

“Two extra seats,” Harris mentioned, placing up two fingers. “Simply two extra seats. Certainly one of them, proper right here.”

The Friday occasion got here three days after Fetterman — recovering from a stroke earlier this yr that he says practically killed him — had a shaky displaying in his sole debate in opposition to Republican Mehmet Oz. He spoke easily earlier than the group in his trademark hoodie and denims, saying he needed to carry all People the identical sort of high quality well being care that saved his life.

“So I could not say the whole lot completely typically, however I’ll at all times do the suitable factor for those who ship me to Washington, D.C.,” he mentioned to a standing ovation.

The dinner on the Pennsylvania Conference Heart is the state social gathering’s largest fundraiser of the yr, and social gathering officers mentioned the $1 million raised is probably the most ever for the dinner. Attendees included U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, for whom Biden headlined a digital fundraiser earlier this week.





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