Philly Democrat Endorses Dr Oz For Senate, Citing Public Safety

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by Tyler Durden
Sunday, Oct 09, 2022 - 04:00 PM

Even ahead of the upcoming Nov 8 midterm elections, rampant crime is already taking a toll on Democratic candidates. Now, some of the damage is being inflicted by members of their own party. 

That dynamic was underscored on Friday when Philadelphia Democrat Tom Knox endorsed Republican senatorial candidate Mehmet Oz in the tightly-contested race for U.S. Senate pitting Oz against Democrat John Fetterman.  

"I am a lifelong Democrat," said Knox. "I have met with John Fetterman, and I personally like him. But I am sad to say, as a resident of Philadelphia, that our city has become increasingly dangerous, and John Fetterman's policies on crime will make things much worse."

Knox is a former deputy mayor of Philadelphia under prominent Democrat Ed Rendell. He's since run for the mayor's office himself, as well as the governor's mansion. 

"I love Philadelphia, and I am saddened by what is happening to it," said Knox. "I am encouraging Democrats who share my concerns with Fetterman's long-standing policies to put party affiliation aside and support Dr. Oz for U.S. Senate. Dr. Oz is smart, hard working, and a man of integrity who will work tirelessly to make our streets and city safe once again."

The RealClearPolitics poll average for the race shows a significant tightening since the summer. Fetterman's August lead of 8.7% has been sliced in half -- to 4.3%. However, RealClearPolitics notes that, going back to 2016, similar polls have underestimated GOP support by 5.5%. Applying that factor, Oz may actually be up 1.2%.  

On Oct 4, the Cook Political Report moved the race from "lean Democrat" to "toss-up." Bloomberg credits a barrage of crime-themed ads by the Oz campaign for the erosion of Fetterman's support, and the Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift notes that Fetterman's negative ratings have leapt by 17 points since the ad blitz began in August. 

A recent, nationwide Monmouth poll found that crime is the second-ranked concern of voters (72%) behind inflation (82%). Other polls show Americans have more confidence in Republicans to address both issues.  

Like other major cities, Philadelphia has been plagued by crime under progressive mayor Jim Kenney and district attorney Larry Krasner.

Nearly 200 Philadelphians under 18 have been shot already this year.  One of the latest teen fatalities happened Thursday night during a major gun battle in the city's infamous, drug-decayed Kensington neighborhood: 

That violence came while the city was still reeling from the death of a 14-year old as four teenagers unleashed a 64-round, afternoon gun ambush next to Roxborough High School high well as this disturbingly random murder of a man walking down the street: 

Philly criminals feel free to operate in broad daylight, which would seem to explain why a Democrat like Knox would think something has to change: