Dr. Oz Declines To Give His Support To Mitch McConnell For Senate Majority Leader

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently expressed concerns about the quality of GOP candidates running in the upcoming midterm elections. Based on Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Oz’s large polling deficits, many in the media assumed he was one of those candidates.

Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier recently asked Dr. Mehmet Oz if he would back Mitch McConnell for majority leader in the Senate after the midterms. Dr. Oz’s responded by saying, “I look forward to serving in the Senate and making a choice about the chamber’s next leader.”

Baier then pressed Oz, asking him specifically if he would pledge to make his support for McConnell known “tonight.”

Dr. Oz’s reply was short and simple: “Not gonna make it tonight,” indicating that he was not yet ready to back McConnell.

Dr. Oz’s remarks came after McConnell “put $34 million” into Dr. Oz’s race and prior to McConnell telling The Hill, “I have great confidence. I think Oz has a great shot at winning.”

Even with McConnel’s public support of Dr. Oz and the fame and popularity he garnered over years as a television doctor, his race against Pennsylvania’s Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has not been close.

Since the race began, Fetterman has had a clear advantage in polling. Fetterman has attacked Dr. Oz consistently, calling him a carpetbagger because of his ties to New Jersey and Florida and consistently saying that he is out of touch with Pennsylvanians. The attacks seem to be working.

The most recent poll from FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls has Dr. Oz trailing Fetterman 39.2% to 48.2%, a nine point difference in the polls with the election just months away does not bode well for the GOP candidate.

In the months leading up to the midterms, inflation, President Biden’s approval rating, and the historical midterm statistics for a first year President have had many members of the GOP believing in a “red wave” in November. With recent poll numbers McConnell and others have since changed their tune.

Now, according to NewsWeek, McConnell is predicting, “a very, very close Senate.” With races like the one in Pennsylvania, he may just be right.