Mehmet Oz, the famed doctor-turned-Republican Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, owns mansions in Palm Beach, Florida, and North Jersey, as well as a million-dollar beef farm in Florida and a 3-acre estate. .2 million he recently purchased in Montgomery County. Oz and his wife are worth over $100 million together.
So it’s absurd for Oz to try to paint his opponent, Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, as some sort of out-of-touch trust fund baby.
This is where the pot meets the kettle.
Oz called Fetterman a “populist pretender”. The TV show host thinks Fetterman is somehow misleading voters with his ‘just a dude’ image because he wears hoodies and shorts – yet he grew up in a house comfortable and has long received financial support from his parents. Sure, Fetterman has no trouble paying his bills, but he’s nowhere near the financial cushion of Oz.
As lieutenant governor, Fetterman earns $271,610 a year. His financial disclosure form lists assets between $717,000 and $1.58 million, but up to $1 million is in the bank accounts of his three children. It’s a wallet most people would envy – but still eclipsed by Oz’s.
Fetterman never shied away from his well-to-do upbringing in York County. His parents married when he was 19, and his father became a successful insurance executive. They paid for Fetterman’s college education and supported him for many years into adulthood. Their financial assistance enabled Fetterman to devote much of his life to public service.
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Fetterman spent two years in the insurance industry, but was pressured to leave the private sector after a friend died in a car accident. He volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, mentored an 8-year-old boy who lost his parents to AIDS, then joined AmeriCorps in Pittsburgh.
After earning a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard, Fetterman moved to Braddock to lead a GED and life skills program for high school dropouts. He said the job paid $33,000 a year. He then became mayor of Braddock, a borough about eight miles east of Pittsburgh.
Fetterman served as mayor from 2006 to 2019. The job, which involved few formal duties, paid $1,800 a year. During this time, Fetterman started a non-profit organization, which focused on civic projects and charitable causes in Braddock, including a coat drive, a grant for surveillance cameras and a headstone for a child of 2 year old who was murdered.
It’s to say that Oz doesn’t understand that Fetterman’s lived experience is actually an asset. Because Fetterman’s parents supported him financially, he was able to spend time in the trenches, providing a deep understanding of the challenges facing residents of Pennsylvania. Despite a relatively meager legislative background, Fetterman has spent time in local and state government, which Oz’s resume lacks.
It should also be noted that Fetterman, who grew up in York, has deep Commonwealth roots. Although Oz studied medicine and business at Penn and said he moved to Pennsylvania in 2020, his ties to our state have been questioned.
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Oz tries to connect with voters by talking derisively about “elites”. He accused ‘elite thinkers’ of mishandling the pandemic: ‘Elites with yards told those who didn’t have one to stay indoors where the virus was more likely to spread. propagate “.
It comes from an Ivy League-trained doctor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame who posed for a photo in People magazine while taking a video tour of his 9,100 square foot hillside mansion , six bedrooms and eight bathrooms with an indoor basketball court, wine cellar, pool and New Jersey cabana.
Oz’s lavish lifestyle has left him with a distorted perspective on how the other half lives.
Rather than launch a flimsy attack on Fetterman, Oz would be better served explaining why Pennsylvania voters should support a famous New Jersey doctor.