“It’s Crucial for Pennsylvania Voters to Elect John Fetterman”: Philadelphia Inquirer
The Philadelphia InvestigatorSunday’s editorial board not only endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman, but also argued that his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, was “not at all prepared” for the role.
“A seasoned public servant, Fetterman has an abundance of the kind of values and priorities that are needed to move the nation forward.”
The newspaper, founded almost two centuries ago, made the no less than a month before the midterm elections. Early voting in Pennsylvania is by mail; voters can request an absentee ballot without excuse until 5:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 1.
Fetterman and Oz’s contest is one of the few closely watched races — along with those in Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin — that will determine whether the Democrats lose their tight control of the U.S. Senate over the next two years.
The ApplicantThe board wrote on Sunday that U.S. President Joe Biden’s first two years “have been good ones for Pennsylvania,” but “there is still a lot of work to do in Washington on issues that matter to Pennsylvanians,” and Progress on priorities like protecting abortion rights and restoring the enhanced child tax credit could bog down in a divided Senate.
“This is just one reason why it is crucial that Pennsylvania voters elect John Fetterman to the United States Senate in November,” the council said. “A seasoned public servant, Fetterman has an abundance of the kind of values and priorities that are needed to move the nation forward.”
The editorial continues:
In the May Democratic primary, this council chose to endorse Conor Lamb for the seat vacated by Pat Toomey. Lamb’s positions on issues such as abortion rights, filibuster, child tax credit and other public policy issues are broadly aligned with ours. At the time, Fetterman also struggled to demonstrate sufficient thought about a 2013 episode in which he fired a shotgun at an unarmed black man whom Fetterman, then mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, mistakenly suspected. of being involved in a shooting.
In a recent interview ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Fetterman was more contemplative about the incident. While he still defends his split-second reaction – which he says was driven by a sense of responsibility as mayor to keep residents safe after hearing gunshots, he also said that he better understood the impact of racial profiling. As Lieutenant Governor, he made fairness in criminal justice a priority.
“Fetterman is also showing signs of recovery from the stroke he suffered on May 13, four days before the Pennsylvania primary,” the board noted, pointing to other political figures who have held the position after similar health experiences.
Meanwhile, “Oz has refused to pledge to oppose a national abortion ban, opposes expanding the child tax credit, would repeal the Affordable Care Act and vote against it. gun control laws,” the paper noted. “These positions are all reversals of views Oz held as a Republican just a few years ago. If there are values Oz holds dear, it’s hard to pinpoint which ones.”
The board pointed out that “Oz’s resume is also devoid of any significant public service record. A famous doctor who once had his own TV show, Oz has spent much of his career touting miracle cures.”
“He has grown close to former President Donald Trump, who backed Oz in the primary,” the editorial adds. “Oz said he would have voted to acquit Trump in his second impeachment after the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising — a particularly disconcerting statement given the former president is considering another White House bid in 2024.”
Although recent polls showed Fetterman leading Oz, the results were within the margin of error.
The Democrat gathered a packed crowd on Saturday at an elementary school in Delaware County, known as Delco and bordering Philadelphia, despite competing with a professional baseball game.
“John Fetterman’s energy and enthusiasm is strong here in SEPA,” his campaign manager, Brendan McPhillips, said of southeastern Pennsylvania.
“And there’s no better proof than that: Not only did John show up in the hundreds today in a Phillies home playoff game, but more than three thousand showed up last month in the county of Montgomery in the Eagles’ season opener at home,” McPhillips said. “That’s the kind of genuine enthusiasm that wins elections.”