Dr. Mehmet Oz faced a devastating wave of news on Wednesday as two separate stories broke that could threaten his bid to become the Republican Party’s nominee for a U.S. Senate seat out of Pennsylvania.
The first problematic story for Oz, who is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Turkey, came from an ABC News report about his political involvement in elections in Turkey.
“The television star has largely shied away from discussing his ties to Turkey, where he maintains citizenship, and dismissed criticism from political opponents that he harbors any so-called ‘dual loyalties,’” ABC News reported. “But a photograph of Oz casting a ballot in Turkey’s 2018 presidential election is rankling some national security experts — particularly after recently saying he has ‘never been politically involved in Turkey in any capacity.’”
John V. Berry, a former government lawyer with expertise in federal security clearances, told ABC News, “The decision to vote in a foreign country’s election is problematic from a security clearance perspective.”
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