Oz’s defeat brought relief to the Greek diaspora, which has adopted Erdogan’s foreign policy positions
Republican Turkish-American doctor Dr. Mehmet Ozwho is considered a friend of Erdogan and a carrier of the positions of the Turkish president.
The seat was won in the midterm elections by the Democratic candidate, John Fetterman.
It’s official. I will be the next US Senator from Pennsylvania.
We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down
And I won’t let you down. Thank you.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) November 9, 2022
Fetterman’s victory is seen as particularly significant as it gives another seat to Democrats, increasing their chances of winning control of the Senate for another two years.
Oz’s defeat brought relief to the Greek and Armenian diaspora, who had joined forces during the pre-election period.
Oz has adopted Erdogan’s foreign policy positions, such as non-recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and was expected to support efforts by the Turkish lobby in Washington to overcome congressional opposition to the F-16 sale to Ankara.
Who is Dr. Oz?
Child of Turkish immigrants, born in Cleveland, Ohio, Muslim cardiothoracic surgeon Mehmet Oz after graduating from Harvard Medical School, worked in major US medical centers to become a celebrity doctor, partner of Oprah Winfrey and host of ten Emmy Award-winning tele-medical show “The Dr. Oz Show’.
The 62-year-old was the only dual-citizen congressional candidate to have served in the Armed Forces of a foreign country, having volunteered for six weeks in Turkey’s military in the 1980s.
The TV star doctor and Turkish national also has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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