Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz has attacked his Democratic opponent John Fetterman over his hoodie and tattoos, questioned his health, criticized him for dodging questions and debate from the press, and most recently , accused him of being “soft on crime”.
The Oz campaign last week unveiled a billboard in Braddock, where Fetterman lives in western Pennsylvania and served as mayor from 2006 to 2019, comparing the current lieutenant governor’s crime record to the toilet paper – “skin-friendly” and “butt-friendly”. ”
“Pennsylvanians are tired of soft-on-crime leaders like John Fetterman whose policies have failed our communities and allowed criminals to run rampant,” Brittany Yanick, Oz’s director of campaign communications, said in a statement. “John Fetterman is so soft on crime, the Oz campaign thought we should put it into perspective. Let’s be clear – some things should be soft, but the next Pennsylvania senator shouldn’t be soft on crime.
“than any administration in historyas Pennsylvania experiences a rising crime rate. The Oz Campaign has also launched an online campaign — “Inmates for Fetterman— to highlight those convicted of murder whose release Fetterman has pleaded for.
Retired U.S. GOP Senator Pat Toomey, who currently holds the seat that Oz and Fetterman are vying for, joined Oz in Pittsburgh last week, describing Fetterman’s record in favor of releasing those convicted of murder as “really extreme”.
“Even Josh Shapiro and other Democrats opposite Fetterman’s positions on releasing murderers repeatedly,” Toomey said.
The famed doctor also called on Fetterman to fire two formerly incarcerated people, Lee and Dennis Horton, who work on the Democrat’s campaign.
The Horton brothers spent 27 years behind bars after being convicted of a 1993 robbery and fatal shooting. The brothers, who have maintained their innocence for nearly three decades, had their sentences commuted by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in February 2021.
Fetterman – who described himself as believe in second chances – called the Hortons’ Oz accolade a ‘libel’ and a ‘sad and desperate attack’ on people ‘who have been wrongly convicted’, describing the brothers as ‘two of the kindest, hardest working people that I know”.
“Fighting for their release was one of the proudest moments of my career, and I’m honored to have them on my team,” Fetterman said. “Does Dr. Oz think wrongfully convicted people should die in prison? Does this man have compassion? It launches a predictable and alarmist attack on two men who have spent 27 years in prison for a crime they did not commit.
After the billboard attacking Fetterman went up in Braddock last week, the Democratic candidate’s campaign posted a new ad featuring Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny touting Fetterman’s crime record.
“Dr. Oz knows nothing about crime. He only knows how to help himself,” Kilkenny said in the video, expressing his support for Fetterman in giving “those who deserve it” a second chance.
Campaigning in the top race, which could determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate, Fetterman said his hometown of Braddock saw crime drop during his tenure.
“Unlike Dr. Oz in his Gucci loafers, I actually committed the crime,” Fetterman said. tweeted on Sunday. “And I actually made my community safer.”
If elected to the U.S. Senate, Fetterman said he would ensure law enforcement “has the resources to do their job, but I will also prioritize oversight, accountability and violence prevention. On his campaign website, Fetterman — a gun owner — supports universal background checks, red flag laws and proactive efforts to get illegal guns off the streets.
The Capital-Star asked the Oz campaign about its specific plan to fight crime and keep the community safe.
In an email, Yannick – who did not address the specific policies supported by Oz – cited endorsements from the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police and the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police.
She said Oz will “make sure our police have the resources they need to protect the Commonwealth, that our brave first responders are respected and properly trained, and that our streets and neighborhoods are safe for all to enjoy. “.
Yannick added that Oz will “crack down on cartels and fund rehab centers.” On his campaign website, Oz said he opposes “anti-law” proposals such as “cashless bail”.
Fetterman has notably advocated for the legalization of cannabis for adult use and went further in 2015 when he told The Nation that he was “to decriminalize at all levels“, saying that he sees it” a public health problem, not a criminal problem “.
Last month, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Fetterman changed his stance on decriminalization, quoting Joe Calvello, a campaign spokesperson, as saying the Democratic candidate “does not support the decriminalization of all drugs – including heroin, methamphetamines and others hard drugs”.
The Oz campaign spotlighted the 2015 interview, accusing Fetterman of wanting to decriminalize all drugs.
“Fetterman’s ideas are radical, murderous and misguided. Giving addicts easy access to drugs is not the solution,” Oz said in a a d released on Monday. “I worked in the addiction field for years. It hurts to see families broken up, promising young futures cut short. I will crack down on cartels, fund rehab and rescue centers, and save as many lives as possible.