Well-known Hollywood Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is running for a Pennsylvania Senate seat, has come under fire in a number of Republican and conservative circles for his seemingly long and documented history with communist China, even though he’s running a “tough-on-China” campaign.
According to Breitbart, Dr. Oz has ironically launched attacks on his GOP challenger, David McCormick, for his alleged China ties, while at the same time the doctor’s opponents dig up a growing history he allegedly has with China.
As with any backstory of a potential political scandal, it’s all about the money.
Breibart noted: “The celebrity doctor’s most recent connection to China was a partnership with ‘Utah-based Malouf Companies that used his name and identity on numerous sleep products that were made in China,’ which netted Oz between $1 million and $5 million last year, according to a report by Politico Playbook.”
“Dr. Oz Good Life”
Politico did a deep dive into the “Dr. Oz Good Life” situation, showing that the celebrity doctor has done quite well for himself by allowing his name and likeness to be used to market various sleep products in China.
“A person close to the Oz campaign said that only small portions of the sleep products that couldn’t be manufactured in the U.S. or elsewhere were made in China,” Politico noted.
Brittany Yanick, a spokesperson for Dr. Oz, deflected a reporter’s question about the doctor’s ties to China and Chinese-made products, instead slamming his opponent, Mr. McCormick.
“David McCormick is Beijing’s favorite candidate, having raised billions in China to support the CCP and celebrated shipping PA jobs overseas,” Yanick said.
She added: “Dr. Oz knows firsthand the need to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. and reverse China’s stranglehold on global supply chains, all sent abroad thanks to Wall Street insiders like McCormick.”
The Trump factor
A recent announcement from former President Donald Trump has, for the first time since leaving office, caused a rift among Trump loyalists and the MAGA-side of the Republican Party, as he shocked them all in providing Dr. Oz a full endorsement.
According to Reuters, Trump was repeatedly urged by advisers to not get involved at the primary level, but reportedly the former president “went with his gut” on Oz’s endorsement. Another source told Reuters that former first lady Melania Trump might have encouraged her husband to make the endorsement.
While the party might fight it out in the meantime, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that the open Pennsylvania seat is held by a Republican.