The memo refers to Oz, the celebrity physician and TV host, as “a TV celebrity who lives in New Jersey and works in Manhattan. He has stronger ties to Turkey than to Pennsylvania, having served in the Turkish military.” The Oz campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.
McCormick, who is rumored to be entering the race soon, was also referenced in the memo, with the Bartos campaign stressing McCormick’s ties to Connecticut. “His ties to the state are two decades old and include shipping hundreds of jobs out of Pennsylvania to India,” the memo reads.
Former Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands also spent decades in California before becoming an ambassador for former President Donald Trump’s administration, according to The Associated Press, however, she was not named in the Bartos memo.
In addition to raising questions about his opponents’ commitment to the state, the Bartos memo also outlined five policy positions that the campaign says will benefit Pennsylvanians.
On immigration, Bartos is vowing to prohibit sanctuary cities from receiving taxpayer dollars from the federal government and says he will support efforts to secure the southern U.S. border. Bartos is also taking a tough stance on China, promising to “hold China accountable” and support policies that strengthen prosecution for anyone stealing intellectual property from the U.S.
Bartos also says he will oppose efforts to defund police departments, support the Second Amendment, advocate for stronger voter ID laws and cut federal spending and red tape.
The Republican primary field for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat has grown since former Army ranger Sean Parnell exited the race in November 2021, with Oz jumping into the race and McCormick expected to formally enter the race this year.