AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan
Conventional wisdom among the Washington political class and media pundits would suggest that this November’s Senate race in Pennsylvania—between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz—is, for all intents and purposes, already over. In recent weeks, Fetterman, currently Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, has consistently led Oz in polling and has been hailed by members of the media as a relatable “everyman” with a “rugged, self-sufficient mindset”—a “blue-collar tough guy” who is running a “brilliant campaign.” Earlier this year, a New York Times essay went so far as to characterize him as the “future of the Democratic Party.”
But underneath the media frenzy surrounding Fetterman’s campaign, there is a long list of troubling facts that cast doubt over his fitness for office.
For starters, though Fetterman has been frequently branded as a “populist” whose interests are aligned with Pennsylvania’s working class, in reality there is little that distinguishes his own policy platform from that of the most radical-left wing members of Congress. In addition to supporting the Biden administration’s spending binges—including the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act,” which is projected to further aggravate inflation and expand the size of the Internal Revenue Service—Fetterman is an outspoken advocate of Democrats’ climate extremism. He has, for instance, repeatedly called for a complete ban on fracking in Pennsylvania, the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer, calling it a “stain” on the state. It’s estimated that such a ban would cost Pennsylvania more than 600,000 jobs and remove $261 billion from the state’s economy. That’s hardly a platform designed to help Pennsylvania workers.
Moreover, as Dr. Oz has begun to point out on the campaign trail, Fetterman is notoriously weak on crime. In the wake of summer 2020 riots that devastated cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Fetterman criticized a judge for setting the bail too high for arrested arsonists and rioters. He has also spoken out in support of sanctuary cities, decriminalizing drugs “across the board,” and in 2018 spoke in support of “safe” heroin injection sites. Additionally, Fetterman is a pro-abortion extremist—referring to the practice as a “sacred” right that should be legal “without any qualification whatsoever.” He also supports men participating in women’s sports and the teaching of far-left gender theory in K-12 classrooms.
But Fetterman’s radical policy positions are far from the only red flags surrounding his candidacy.
Despite his attempts to brand himself as a “blue-collar tough guy,” he has openly acknowledged that he was born into an “incredibly privileged and comfortable existence”—relying on his parents’ financial support as his main source of income until he was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor at 49 years old, which was only four years ago. In 2015 alone, Fetterman received a whopping $54,000 from his parents. How’s that for “rugged” and “self-sufficient”?
Furthermore, prior to his lieutenant governorship, Fetterman served as mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania for 13 years, during which he skipped at least 53 city council meetings and was lambasted as ineffective by colleagues.
Fetterman’s health has also called his fitness for office into question: he admitted that he “almost died” from a stroke this spring, a condition that has kept him largely off the campaign trail since his primary victory in May. He has also failed to commit to the five general election debates suggested by Oz, further casting doubt on his ability to carry out the duties of the office he is seeking. Even more concerningly, several videos of Fetterman have recently emerged showing him struggling to make it through short remarks, appearing lost and confused on stage.
While Fetterman’s health challenges are a personal tragedy for which we can all feel sympathy, it would be absurd to pretend they have no bearing on his ability to carry out the functions of a U.S. Senator. How can you serve in the “world’s greatest deliberative body” if you can barely make it through a speech?
Though many Washington, D.C. journalists are eager to dismiss Oz as an unserious candidate unlikely to prevail in the November election, the fact is that Oz has barely even begun to educate the public about Fetterman’s radical policy positions. And as the November midterms approach, Fetterman will likely find that he cannot simply copy Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral strategy of hiding in his basement and avoiding interactions with the media. In fact, recent polls show that Oz is already gaining ground in the matchup—a trend that seems likely to continue as the campaign intensifies and questions regarding Fetterman’s fitness for office continue to linger.
As Republicans amp up their fight to win back a majority in Congress this fall, few states will retain their place in the spotlight as much as Pennsylvania—and for good reason. In recent election cycles, the state has become critical for control of Congress and the White House—and this fall’s election will play a significant role in determining the future of the American economy, energy independence, public safety, K-12 education, and a host other of issues.
Ultimately, the Pennsylvania Senate race could very well determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress come January 2023. If Dr. Oz plays his cards right, Democrats’ reliance on Fetterman’s “blue-collar tough guy” charade could backfire in a big way as the phony nature of their candidate becomes increasingly clear.
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John Fetterman will destroy Pennsylvania.Wake up people more crime open border high inflation 87,000 its agents armed.Is that what you want that’s what John Fetterman is about wake up!!!!
Fetterman’s extreme Socialist leaning should be enough to prevent rational Pennsylvanians from voting for him. Fetterman will vote for increased taxation at every level, barely benefitting poor citizens while greatly damaging others.
Unbelievable. I read a bio of the author of this article. Mr. Brennan actually thinks the Dobbs decision will HELP Republicans. My response is you have a future in Science Fiction. FOLL! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Great article I hope oz gets more vocal
Even though I was disappointed when Trump endorsed Oz instead of Kathy Barrett (and I still like her very much – and think she would have held her own very well), but it seems like he has finally figured out how he needs to be assertive and call forth the shortcomings of Fetterman, who is really compromised in all his far-left ideals.
This guy sounds about as mental and physical as Biden. A sure draw for crooked Dem. votes!
Fetterman couldn’t even run Pennsylvania’s State Senate. He lost control several times and actually had to be censured one time.How can he represent Pennsylvania in Washington when he couldn’t even run Pennslyvania’s Senate.
Great article Seamus
I want to know why there isn’t a campane to write in the best one, as Oz is a RINO POS and it’s obvious the Dem is demented
Sounds like presidential material.LOL
Fetterman is a total mess. If I lived in Pennsylvania I wouldn’t have given his campaign any serious consideration.
Fetterman looks like he crawled out of his parents septic tank.
Fetterman is the white, college educated liberal’s beard.
This story cracks me up. Just like Democrats to dwell on the superficial. They actually want to make it a national story that they have a candidate who wears carhart clothes on stage.
But we all know. Especially truly blue collar people know. That if there was a GOP candidate that looked like Fetterman, the exact same people would be reversing the story. It would be all about how the GOP has been taken over by rednecks.
Blue collar people. Latinos and other minorities. Are all seeing through this game.
OZ just lost all the MAGA idiots by saying the only true thing he has said in the campaign that.JOE BIDEN WON !! cany you say Fetterman landslide? I can. HA!
Fetterman can’t speak coherently since his stroke. He was just in my area and his speech was about abortion. There were no media interviews. He claims to be like me, but he’s not. The Harvard grad speaks down to us “commoners”.
Fetterman looks pretty great compared to that fellow who truly believes Trump lost the last election through fraud, someone who rallied his group at the Capitol to reverse the decision of American voters.
That is pretty rich considering how many elections Democrats have contested over the years.
AMAC- What does it take to delete someone’s membership? This one ain’t one of us!
If you would get over your HATE for Trump, you would realize that this guy is NO GOOD for PA. AND the 2020 ELECTION WAS STOLEN!!!
How can anyone vote for this person who would let criminals out of prison to pray on the public ?
Fetterman Fetterman lived in a basement.
It was his parent’s house so he didn’t have to pay rent.
He was worthless and lazy and getting kinda fat.
So his friends all suggested he become a Democrat.
Your welcome Dr. Oz.
he’s from Pennsylvania
not like the Turk from Joisy
It’s laughable to watch Democrats pretending that nativism is suddenly important to them.
He may be from PA but that does not qualify him to represent the people. He is a BUM.
He’s as Blue Collar as Joe Biden and half as Smart.