How Fetterman got Oprah into a race against Oz
The comments are big not only because of Winfrey’s unique status among women, blacks and many other Americans — but also because she helped make Fetterman’s Republican opponent Mehmet Oz famous.
Oz, the famous doctor, was a regular guest on Winfrey’s talk show before launching “The Dr. The Oz Show”.
Fetterman’s orbit knew how powerful a nod from Winfrey would be, and worked behind the scenes to woo her. Fetterman’s campaign issued a direct invitation to her team for the meeting, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Celebrities and prominent Democrats who support Fetterman have also called on Winfrey to endorse him, the source said.
“John is not one to ask for support,” said Neil Makhija, a friend of Fetterman’s and executive director of Indian American Impact. “But if there’s one that’s really significant, for a lot of reasons — it’s Oprah.”
The fight between Fetterman and Oz is a dead heat and could determine which party controls the Senate.
Fetterman said in a statement that he was grateful for her support: “She is a leader on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, passing common-sense gun reform and ensuring racial justice.”
Winfrey also said Thursday that she would support other Democratic candidates for Senate and governor if she lived in their states.
Fetterman’s campaign has not yet said whether it will feature Oprah’s remarks in digital ads or other campaign materials.
Asked for comment Thursday, Oz spokeswoman Brittany Yanick said: “Dr. Oz loves Oprah and respects the fact that they have different policies. He believes we need more balance and less extremism in Washington.”
Oz previously said during the GOP primary that he asked Winfrey not to get involved in the race.
“I asked her to stay outside. Don’t support me because if you get involved in any way, you’re going to get hurt, and I don’t want my friends to get hurt,” he said in December at a private event. according to the New York Post.
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