Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman’s (D.) campaign for Senate
is tapping a far-left activist who has called allowing children to undergo
surgical gender transitions a matter of "human rights."
The Fetterman campaign launched Real Doctors Against Oz Wednesday, an
initiative meant to discredit Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for
Senate. Val Arkoosh is among the activists taking shots at Oz. Arkoosh, a
failed Senate candidate, has a history of pushing gender theory. When she
was still a candidate for Senate, Arkoosh sent out an email calling a
parent’s right to refuse "gender affirming care" for their children a
"gross violation of both human rights and the relationship between a
patient and their doctor." She also falsely claims that it’s legal to
discriminate against transgender individuals in employment.
Sixty percent of Americans believe that a person cannot change their
gender and a plurality of Americans oppose giving hormone blockers to
children. Democratic opposition to parental rights has not worked out well
for the party in past elections. Many pundits attribute Virginia governor
Glenn Youngkin’s (R.) upset victory in November 2021 to his focus on
expanding parental rights.
Real Doctors Against Oz are criticizing Oz for having ties to the
pharmaceutical industry, being pro-life, and promoting supplements during
his time as a television host. Oz, meanwhile, is attacking Fetterman for
avoiding Pennsylvania voters by running a "John Fetterman Basement
Tracker" cataloging the amount of time since his last public event.
Despite the implication of the name of Fetterman’s group, Oz is a real
doctor. He graduated from an Ivy League medical school and was later a
professor of surgery at Columbia University, where he won a research