Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and well-known television personality, is running for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania on the Republican ticket, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner.
"We have not managed our crises as effectively as past generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That's why I'm running for the U.S. Senate: to help solve the problems and help us heal," Dr. Oz said in a video.
For some time now, Oz had been saying publicly on his television show that he had been receiving encouragement to run.
"Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first," Oz said on his website.
In his campaign video, Oz also criticized the federal response to COVID-19, saying "Washington got it wrong."
"They took away our freedom without making us safer," he said.
The doctor is a native Ohioan who resides in a state other than Pennsylvania, and may have to explain why he is not running for office in New Jersey, where he has lived for the past two decades.
Just before he began voting in Pennsylvania elections this year by absentee ballot, he registered at his in-laws' address in suburban Philadelphia.
Oz studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He rose to fame as a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in 2009 launched his own daytime television talk show.