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Gadfly
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I don't know how much the PA Senate Race is making the national news or how many of you are familiar with our candidates.

On the Republican side, we have Mehmet Oz, TV doctor, cardiologist, snake-oil salesman and longtime NJ resident who registered to vote using his in-laws' address in PA so he could run for senate here. He is a practicing Muslim, which the Republicans oddly don't seem to have any issue with in spite of their incessant harping about Obama and Ilhan Omar. He also has dual citizenship with Turkey, owns several homes there, and has voted consistently in their elections....can you imagine the pearl clutching on Fox News if the Dems ever ran a candidate like that???? Oz's wife's family has serious money and is in bed with pharmaceutical companies. And everything about him just gives off "smarmy used-car salesman" vibes.



On the Democrat side, we have John Fetterman, current Lieutenant Governor, former mayor of a hardscrabble coal town in western PA, huge build, bald, lots of tattoos, looks like someone you would not want to run into in a dark alley but has a masters degree from Harvard. Married to an immigrant from Brazil, sends fundraising texts from his dog. He and his wife seem like genuinely nice people who would give you the shirts off their backs (there are lots of stories of them doing so when he was mayor). Makes you wonder what he's doing in politics. He does have one skeleton in his past - as mayor, he pursued an unarmed black jogger and held him at gunpoint thinking he was a suspect in a series of robberies, but he has apologized repeatedly (and sadly, there's a good portion of PA voters who probably think there's nothing wrong with doing that.)



Anyhow, this Senate race has been the most entertaining thing I have seen in a long time. Fetterman has long been known for his take-no-prisoners snark (see here: https://www.cbsnews.com/pittsb...t-texas-lt-governor/) and he has stepped it up like 1 million percent during this campaign.

He has been relentless in hammering at Oz's "fake" PA residency. He points out that he's filming his PA senate commercials in his NJ mansion.

When Oz was on vacation in NJ last week, Fetterman's campaign flew banner planes over the beaches welcoming him back home.


He even got Snooki, NJ's most famous washed-up reality TV star, to record a special message just for Oz.

Today Oz attempted to make himself look like a working class Philadelphian -- not only did it backfire massively (the two cheesesteak places he mentions are widely known as tourist traps and he is a cardiologist AND a vegetarian so it just seems especially smarmy for him to be pimping cheesesteaks) but Fetterman was RIGHT ON IT.



Oz tries to fire back, but the best he can do is make sad little jabs about Fetterman's health issues (he had a stroke shortly before the primary and has been recovering since) which seems especially cruel coming from a cardiologist.

Anyway, if you all are seeing this in national coverage, I won't bore you with updates, but if not, I'll try to keep posting the barbs as they fly as I think this race is shaping up to be the most entertaining thing to come out of PA politics in a LONG time.
 
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That's hysterical. I especially like the plane with the banner.

ROTFLMAO

I hadn't heard the details, except that Oz had been missing in action since he won the primary. And I had heard about Fetterman's stroke.

Looking forward to your updates!


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One of the cheesesteak places (the one Oz didn't do his photo-op at) fires back:



Interesting tidbit - Geno's for years had a sign up saying if you want to order you need to speak English - it was very controversial and regularly made the news as people protested on both sides. It is now owned by the son of the original owner who put that sign up but the sign stayed up for years after the dad passed and from the enthusiastic Oz photo op, I'm guessing the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Pat's, on the other hand, just went way up in my book, LOL.

And the town that you live in thing is a reference to this -- Oz spelled the name of the town where he supposedly lives wrong on his candidacy registration form.

 
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Lisa, yes, I am following closely and may go up to help if the Dems need help. And yes, I will be sending $$$.

I **loathe** Dr. Oz. The hardest part is figuring out the most loathsome thing about him.

Is it the ghastly retouched pink lips in that phot you posted?

Is it that he has no excuse to scam people because he has plenty of money already?

Is it because he such a huge, towering phony in his campaign materials, where he fails miserably to complain about the high price of gas or vegetables?

Fetterman had better win this thing or I will lose all respect for Pennsylanians.

Keep the updates coming!
 
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It’s hard to keep all those place names straight when you have so many homes. Huntington, Long Island, Hunterdon County, NJ, Huntingdon Valley, PA… Big Grin

And I love Fetterman’s ads. Also liked him earlier, when he appeared on TV to counter voter-fraud claims in PA.


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According to fivethirtyeight.com,
48.7% dem vs 48.3% rep.

I long for a time when idiocy and lies will actually matter to most voters
 
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quote:
Originally posted by Dan:
According to fivethirtyeight.com,
48.7% dem vs 48.3% rep.

I long for a time when idiocy and lies will actually matter to most voters


Yes


BTW, the best cheese steak in Philadelphia is found at Dalessandro's ...
 
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Originally posted by Dan:
According to fivethirtyeight.com,
48.7% dem vs 48.3% rep.

I long for a time when idiocy and lies will actually matter to most voters


Yes


BTW, the best cheese steak in Philadelphia is found at Dalessandro's ...


Disagree! Jim's all the way!
 
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Disagreements about the best Cheesesteak is the Philly way ... Wink
 
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Following this on Twitter and it hilarious.


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Come join us in Massachusetts where we have a moderate Republican Gov in a Majority Democratic State.

Everyone talks to each other, is civil and gets things done...huh..what a concept.


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Yeah, but the problem with a GOP governor of a blue state, however moderate he may be, is that if one of your Senators disappears, we wind up with a shiny new GOP senator.
 
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Dr. Oz is a quack and a grifter. No wonder he's buds with Trump. I would vote for a ham sandwich before I would vote for him, though I like John Fetterman, certainly more than a ham sandwich. Does Oz still have a medical license?

I wonder if Oprah still likes him (Oz). She was responsible for foisting him on the rest of us, and in my opinion she can't just disappear and not address this.
 
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Top pic is a legit photo tweeted out by Oz's campaign. I swear it looks like that was made by someone's grandma using MS Paint on Windows 95. But Fetterman doesn't miss a beat.

 
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