- Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick are operating in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate main.
- Each Oz and McCormick have tried to safe an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
- McCormick’s spouse advised Trump Oz’s Islamic religion was a legal responsibility, sources advised The New York Instances.
David McCormick and his spouse met with former President Donald Trump and recommended Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Muslim background can be a political legal responsibility within the Pennsylvania US Senate race, The New York Instances reported.
McCormick, who’s operating towards Oz in Pennsylvania for a seat within the US Senate, has been searching for Trump’s endorsement, in line with The Instances. The assembly happened final yr earlier than McCormick introduced his candidacy.
Oz entered the race in November 2021, whereas McCormick entered in January. Each are operating as Republicans.
McCormick’s spouse, Dina Powell McCormick, served within the Trump administration as a senior nationwide safety official.
Powell McCormick, an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, confirmed Trump a photograph of Oz with a gaggle that included some folks sporting Islamic head coverings, 4 nameless sources advised The Instances.
The couple made the case that Oz’s Muslim background was an electability challenge and that it was a political legal responsibility, in line with the Instances.
Since asserting his bid for Senate, Oz has been questioned over his twin US and Turkish citizenship. Critics have requested that he resign his Turkish citizenship over concern for his loyalty to the US. Oz stated on Wednesday he would resign his Turkish citizenship if elected, CNN reported.
McCormick’s marketing campaign has additionally made public statements about Oz’s twin citizenship, however advised The Instances they by no means talked about his faith within the assembly with Trump.
The McCormick and Oz campaigns didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.
In an announcement to The Instances, McCormick spokesperson Jess Szymanski stated the experiences on Powell McCormick’s remarks to Trump are an “nameless, false smear on a candidate’s spouse who’s an Arab-American immigrant girl who fled the Center East to flee non secular persecution.”
She stated the experiences had been “designed to distract from the official nationwide safety considerations” about Oz, akin to his twin citizenship.