JF in the News: Trump Endorses Oz in Key Senate Race

Conservative commentator John Fredericks, a Trump friend who served as his Virginia campaign chair in 2016 and 2020, had the former president on his radio show Wednesday. Fredericks, who met Oz at CPAC in February and just endorsed him, opened the interview with a question about whether Oz is a “MAGA candidate.”

“He’s a good man, too,” Trump said, describing his positive experience appearing on Oz’s television show for a health check-up during the 2016 election.

“He’s a high-quality guy, he is,” Trump continued. “I’ll be making a decision on that one.” Trump said a decision would come “maybe fairly soon.”

In an interview, Fredericks declined to provide details on any private conversations he had with Trump ahead of their talk.

Before Trump’s announcement, Fredericks said that Trump’s decision would be based on “what’s best for the country” and which candidate was most closely aligned with “America First policies,” before ripping into McCormick for his work as a hedge fund executive and his ties to the George W. Bush administration. McCormick served as under secretary in Bush’s Department of Treasury.

“It’s understandable that Trump views Oz’s name ID and celebrity status as positive attributes since he launched his 2016 presidential campaign in the same way,” said a former Trump campaign aide.

“However, the major difference is that no candidate, especially one like Oz with an extensive anti-MAGA track record, will be able to galvanize grassroots voters like Trump has done in epic fashion.”

Read the full article from Politico: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/09/trump-leans-toward-dr-oz-in-pennsylvania-senate-race-00024272