Mehmet Oz, the famed cardiologist who recently ended his daytime ‘Dr. Oz Show’ to run for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday – just as he is attacked 2,000 miles away in a rival’s TV commercial saying he’s too “Hollywood”.
The award recognizes Oz’s success before he quit his TV show to run for office.
That same career, however, is being used against him by rivals who separate his TV shows and past as a self-proclaimed welfare advocate to fuel doubt about his conservative credentials as a Republican.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce congratulates Oz on winning 10 Daytime Emmy Awards. The show was launched in 2009, after Oz shot to fame as a regular guest on Oprah Winfrey’s show. It aired its final episode on January 14, just seven weeks after Oz announced his candidacy.
Oz, a longtime resident of Cliffside Park, New Jersey, says he recently moved to Pennsylvania to compete in one of the top U.S. Senate contests.
As rivals try to raise doubts about his true political leanings, they point to his show’s episode about ‘red flag laws’ opposed by gun rights advocates and his advocacy of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Obamacare.
A statewide television ad from a Republican primary rival’s super PAC warns “Oz might be good for Hollywood, but it’s wrong for Pennsylvania.” Another calls him a “Hollywood liberal”.
A message was left with the Oz campaign asking for comment.
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