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Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, is running for theas a Republican, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner.
"During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That's why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal," Oz wrote.
The 61-year-old Oz will join a Republican primary field that already includes Philadelphia-area businessman (and 2018 lieutenant governor nominee) Jeff Bartos and Carla Sands, who served as US ambassador to Denmark in the Trump administration. Another potential Republican candidate is David McCormick, a former official in the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush.
Trump was upset at connection to Sean Parnell's faltering Senate campaign, blamed Don Jr. for fallout after endorsement: report
Parnell suspended his campaign on Monday after a judge awarded his estranged wife sole legal custody of their children amid abuse allegations. Former President Donald Trump had in recent weeks expressed dismay at the state of Sean Parnell's Senate candidacy in Pennsylvania and blamed his son, Don Jr., for tethering him to the faltering campaign, according to a Politico report. Parnell, an Army veteran and former congressional candidate who was highly touted by Trump's son and endorsed by the former president in September, suspended his campaign on Monday after losing a child custody battle.
The race in Pennsylvania to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has been shaken up in recent weeks, primarily by the departure of GOP candidate, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Oz is an Ohio native who attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He rose to fame as a frequent guest of Oprah Winfrey, eventually launching his own syndicated daytime TV talk show in 2009.
Representatives for Oz did not return CNN's request for comment.
Oz's interest in the Senate race was first reported earlier this year in the Washington Free Beacon and Politico. Oz said in a 2007 interview that he would "consider" running for office some day, calling himself a "moderate Republican."
He also has connections to Trump. In 2018, Trump appointed Oz to the Presidential Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, reappointing him to the position in 2020.
FCC's 'Equal Time' Rules Prompt Stations to Take The 'Dr. Oz Show' Off The Air .
TV stations that air in and around Pennsylvania announced Wednesday they would stop airing Dr. Oz's show in an effort to avoid violating the campaign rule.The announcement comes a day after the host of the show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, officially entered the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reported.