A vacant U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs on November 6th because of a Senate retirement. Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is hanging up his cleats and retiring from the game. Toomey is a Republican. And everyone knows the GOP can ill afford to lose that seat to the Democrats. With the 50/50 split in the Senate today (that is really a Democrat majority because any ties are broken by our Democrat Vice President;), even losing one Senate seat will probably leave our government in the same or worse power-grabbing atmosphere as today.
The Republican running in the general election for that Senate seat is a public figure that most Americans know well: Dr. Mehmet Oz. His television show has been on the air for years. Most Americans didn’t know he had a political future in mind, but he won the Pennsylvania primary with a very slim margin. He won the right to face Pennsylvania’s Democrat choice in November, who is now the state’s Lt. Governor.
Let’s meet the opponent of Dr. Oz.
Here’s Who Dr. Oz is Facing: John Fetterman
Although Fetterman runs ads that purport him to be a “blue-collar tough guy,” his parents reportedly financially supported him while he served as mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, for 13 years.
Fetterman, who has acknowledged his “cushy” suburban childhood, has openly admitted to the financial contributions his parents gave him as an adult.
Democrats are furious that this wasn't disclosed earlier before they picked him in their primary. But now John Fetterman said he "almost died" from a stroke last month after not taking care of his previously undisclosed heart condition well enough. https://t.co/YEvuV1NO9Q
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 4, 2022
For example, in 2015, his parents gave him $54,000, which he disclosed during his failed 2016 Senate candidacy, according to the Pennsylvania Inquirer. Both of his parents provided him and his wife four $13,500 gifts, totaling $54,000, which was just below the $14,000 threshold for taxable gifts at the time.
In addition, Fetterman’s father reportedly donated $100,000 single-candidate super PAC that backed his 2016 candidacy. Fetterman also received financial assistance from family members other than his parents. In 2013, he paid his sister $1 for a loft that she purchased for $70,000.
Fetterman’s annual salary while he served as Braddock, Pennsylvania mayor from 2006 to 2019 was $1,800.
Mehmet Oz’s campaign blasted Fetterman after reports revealed he received an adult allowance for so many years.
Oz campaign communications director Brittany Yanick told Fox News:
Here are facts: John Fetterman was living off of Daddy’s money until he was 46. During this period, he failed to pay his taxes 67 times. Now, he’s running for Senate, and wants to raise your taxes by trillions and spend billions more than even Biden. John Fetterman knows how to tweet, but apparently not how to type TurboTax.com. We suggest he take lessons in between his rush to get from one non-existent public event to the next.
Oz called his opponent a “pretend populist” during one interview.
“Many folks think it’s because of the way he dresses with his hoodies and his shorts that he’s been working his whole life. It’s quite the opposite,” Oz said.
Consider yourself warned https://t.co/3JIViVrqks
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 18, 2021
In response, Fetterman’s campaign blasted Oz for being “an ultra-millionaire” and accused him of using his campaign to look out “for himself and his rich friends.”
“John has spent his career rolling up his sleeves and fighting for forgotten people and communities in Pennsylvania. He has dedicated his life to public service and helping others. John had a good job with a good paycheck but gave it up to focus on serving the forgotten communities in PA,” Fetterman’s campaign communications director Joe Calvello said.
“Mehmet Oz is an ultra-millionaire who lives in a mansion in New Jersey and made his money as a TV star, selling scam products to viewers who trusted him. Oz is a phony who clearly does not understand and does not even give a (expletive) about the working people of Pennsylvania,” Calvello continued.
Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman is finding he can’t outrun the issue of crime in his increasingly competitive race against Republican Mehmet Oz. That is because Fetterman’s record on crime is abysmal, and he is mostly proud of it.
Fetterman’s campaign has walked back his support of releasing all convicted second-degree murderers serving life without parole. He had previously said in a taped interview that he wanted a conversation that “would free close to 1,200 people.” At the time, there were 1,166 people in Pennsylvania serving life sentences without parole for second-degree murder. Fetterman’s campaign now says he does not support what he explicitly said he supported.
But Fetterman is otherwise proud of supporting the release of murderers. In 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons (which Fetterman chairs) unanimously approved the release of Charles Goldblum. Goldblum and an accomplice, Charles Miller, had lured George Wilhelm into a parking garage in 1976, where Miller stabbed him 26 times. Goldblum later admitted that he and Miller burned down his restaurant and that Wilhelm knew about their involvement. While Goldblum was out on bond in 1976 awaiting trial, he also attempted to have Miller killed so he could not testify against him.
In spite of all this, Fetterman’s campaign has boasted about releasing Goldblum.
Fetterman also voted to free Wayne Covington, a man who shot and killed 18-year-old George Rudnycky while attempting to rob him for drug money. Rudnycky pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Fetterman couches his soft-on-crime stance with talk of how no one should stay in prison for life if they “did not take a life,” but it turns out he also means it for those who did take a life.
If that is not enough, Fetterman’s latest appointment to the board perfectly personifies his stance. Fetterman appointed Celeste Trusty, who tweeted of convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal, “I love Mumia! he’s my buddy … he’s like an uncle to a bunch of my friends who were on the row with him.”
Too dope, happy I found you on here 🙂
— Maria (@mjosanovicc) May 23, 2018
Abu-Jamal murdered police officer Daniel Faulkner, shooting him in the back and the head during a traffic stop in which he had pulled over Abu-Jamal’s brother. He was initially sentenced to death.
These people deserve sympathy in Fetterman’s ideal criminal justice system: an insurance fraudster who was a part of one homicide and attempted to solicit another, a first-degree murderer who killed a teenager for drug money, and a convicted cop killer.
Fetterman cannot run from his record, in part because he has boasted about it so much. He thinks that criminals are the victims in our justice system, not the actual victims. He wants to see the criminals set free as early as possible, no matter how violent their crimes are. Fetterman is among the left-wing Democrats who want to remove justice from the criminal justice system. He belongs nowhere near power.
Here’s the man Oz faces. I don’t know about you, but even in the backwoods, southern state in which I live, Louisiana, I doubt John Fetterman would stand a chance against Oz in the race. And it’s not because he had a stroke and is recovering “slowly,” as his campaign says. It’s because he has a history in government. It’s because his political history is so far left I doubt even a Pennsylvania Democrat will dare pull the Fetterman trigger on election day. (That obviously does not include the police haters and climate change sycophants who vote left no matter who the candidate is)
“If” the election system in Pennsylvania does not operate in parallel with its vote-counting in the 2020 election, I feel the polling that shows the two either in a dead heat or Fetterman slightly ahead is dead wrong. That will make Dr. Oz PA’s next U.S. Senator. If it’s simply a 2020 repeat, the Senate will most like live under Democrat control for at least two more years.
God Help Us!