A Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate has branded his top rivals “political tourists” in the GOP race to fill a seat vacated by Pat Toomey.
Although Jeff Bartos did not name names when he referred to “a group of candidates who’ve parachuted into Pennsylvania because they see an opportunity to further their interests,” he was likely referring to TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, according to a report.
Oz announced his candidacy in November to succeed retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey. The key race could determine whether Republicans regain a Senate majority in the Keystone State.
Bartos, a real estate developer and lifelong resident of the state, launched his campaign in March. His blistering comments about rival “political tourists” and “Airbnb candidates” came as he announced his “Pennsylvania First” platform this week.
Oz, a celebrity physician, author and host of the “Dr. Oz Show” has lived for years in New Jersey but his campaign says he registered to vote as a Republican a year ago in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County, using the home address of his wife’s parents in Bryn Athyn, a wealthy Philadelphia suburb. Oz previously lived in Pennsylvania when he attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and business school at the Wharton school in 1986.