For most losing political candidates, the months following defeat can be a time of reflection and dissection—time to pick the wrongs, to write a book, to get a lucrative job as a contributor to cable news, or even to plan a show. comeback.
But for Mehmet Oz, it was time for his disappointing Senate campaign and his nascent political ambitions to never come to pass.
After a winter of recovery from him five points behind Senator John Fetterman (D-PA)—and hiding from the internet legion that has gleefully drawn him in for months—Oz is slowly reappearing.
Gone Oz, MAGA-acolyte member. Back as the friendly, famous TV doctor — or at least Oz hopes.
Instead of performing Fox News hits, Oz was again working with HealthCorps, a youth-focused health nonprofit he founded before entering politics. He posts photos on social media and advertises work that he says has “helped millions of young people grow, to support the next generation of our country.”
In February, when an earthquake devastated Türkiye—of which Oz is a citizen—he went to the devastated area. It’s unclear what role he actually played in the recovery effort, but he got it some image beside injured patients, sometimes show off my stethoscope.
on him YouTube page, Oz has spent the past five months replaying old clips of his TV show, dropping one or two every day of the week. Before he lost the election, the site hadn’t posted anything since 2021. Now it’s updating the genre’s classics, from “Cause and A cure for BULLET!” to “Interesting Animal Stories” to “Are you addicted to fast food?”
Judging by his and his family’s social media presence, it seems Oz isn’t worried about maintaining the Pennsylvania brand he’s tried to strengthen and largely failed to campaign for. . For the most part, it looks like he’s turning into a Florida man, spending time on his Palm Beach estate.
However, could not find any indication that it is the same person who spent last year campaigning with Donald Trump, decry “Our economy is down, our streets are full of crime and our energy crisis,” lamented transgender athletesand swear to fight”against the free mob wake up.”
While other failed candidates from the 2022 cycle have toyed with running again — including Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano — Oz seems completely unconcerned.
Perhaps those candidates had less to lose.
Oz, Oprah Winfrey’s favorite student, has built a media empire and a series of relationships with the rich and powerful. Football moms filled his studio audience and reveled in his medical advice. All made him a fortune, which he increased with Deep relationship with the company Whose product did he push?
In running a polarizing political campaign, Oz risked all of that. Now, it looks like he’s trying to get it back.
Indeed, after the election, report emerges that Oz attempted to restart his daytime performance, which ended in January 2022, before he kicked off his Senate bid. But his involvement in politics has decimated his ability to market to a popular audience.
Perhaps more importantly, his Senate run has drawn months of scrutiny from the press and Oz’s opponents, dissecting his more questionable medical and business claims. , further tarnishing his reputation.
All 13 seasons of his show were also produced by Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. Winfrey supported Fetterman in November.
There’s another question looming around Oz’s pivot: whether he’ll stay in Pennsylvania. His well-timed move from New Jersey to Pennsylvania – which only happens when there’s an empty seat in the Senate – has become a major point of contention in his race.
Fetterman and the Democrats repeated—and joyful—attacked Oz as a prankster and fake. At one point, Fetterman hired Snooki, of Jersey Shore famous, to call him out in a viral video. And the Democratic Party’s campaign spent month post trolling meme Oz for change of residence.
It’s hard to know how much time Oz has actually spent in Pennsylvania since the November election. For at least a unit shared to his social media accounts in April, Oz showed himself visiting the Belmont Charter Network in Philadelphia as part of his work with HealthCorps.
But his family’s Instagram posts suggest he’s spent a lot of time away from Keystone State. His daughter, Daphne Oz, Posted a photo last Thanksgiving from the family’s famous New Jersey mansion, indicating that Oz himself was likely to attend. His son, Oliver, posted a photo in early December from the same house.
This January, the land of Oz posted a photo of myself visit the Discovery senior community. There is no Discovery senior living community in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, but there are more than a dozen communities in Florida where Oz has another residence.
In March, Oz himself posted a photo Patrick’s Day celebration from his Palm Beach mansion. And in April, Daphne, a health influencer in her own right, posted a photo showing family—including her father—who also spends time at the mansion in Florida
Oz has many villas. In fact, he has 10 houses—eight of which he forgot while running for the Senate last year. During the campaign, he claimed to be living in a $3 million home in an upscale Philadelphia suburb that he purchased in late 2021.
The former candidate’s ties to Pennsylvania aren’t the only remnants of his campaign that appear to have disappeared: his campaign website has also disappeared.
Oz use DoctorOz.com when he was a TV doctor to promote his show, before making it the homepage of his Senate campaign. While it’s normal for the losing candidates to stay on the site long after the race is over, Oz’s site now redirects to his YouTube page to amplify more hit videos, for example like “A Buyer’s Guide to Roast Chicken”.
Oz did not respond to a request for comment sent to HealthCorps’ media contact.
But even as Oz tries to return to the medical personality that has made his fortune, viewers have not always been so receptive. While he still boasts fans in the comments sections, who have hailed his return to public life, many are still mocking the once-candidate with similar jokes. happened during his Senate run.
Below Oz’s most recent tweet showing off his trip to Philadelphia charter school, one user simply said: “OMG are you crushing school now?”
Another added, “Great, now GTFO is back in NJ.”