Posts tagged with "Dr. Mehmet Oz"

‘Alarm bell’: Oz’s struggles have GOP pitching alternate path to Senate takeover

August 3, 2022

The GOP establishment is feeling down on Dr. Oz, reports Politico.

The Senate Republicans’ campaign arm is privately sounding the alarm about physician Mehmet Oz’s bid for the Senate in the critical battleground of Pennsylvania, while telling donors that the party still has a path to winning the majority without the state.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised concerns about Oz’s lackluster polling and fundraising on at least three separate occasions in recent weeks, multiple sources have informed Politico.

On a donor call last week that focused on Senate races throughout the country, NRSC officials discussed Oz’s poor performance in polls, including his high unfavorability ratings, said a person on the call.

“It was an alarm bell,” the person said, adding that Oz’s poor image among voters is “really freaking everybody out.”

On the call, NRSC officials sought to calm nerves and assure financial backers that Republicans could still take back the Senate majority even without an Oz victory. The GOP only needs to unseat one Democrat this fall in order to win the Senate, which is currently split 50-50.

But Republicans also must defend other crucial swing states such as Wisconsin and North Carolina, while trying to flip the likes of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire. Failing to hold onto retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey’s seat in Pennsylvania would be a major blow to the party.

The NRSC officials on the call “brought to everyone’s attention that there’s definitely a path to winning the Senate even if Oz loses, and that seemed to be a very big concern on the call—is that Oz just has not hit his stride as a candidate,” the person on the call last week said. “The viewpoint was it’s more important to reallocate money to seats that we feel we can win.”

Oz has been consistently trailing Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman in public polls, including, most dramatically, by 11 percentage points in a Fox News survey released this week. Oz’s challenges come despite his opponent’s own troubles, as well as Republicans’ favorable political environment across the nation. In May, Fetterman suffered a stroke. He has not held a public event since then, and though he recently said he is 100% able to run, it’s not yet clear how vigorously he will be able to campaign.

During a separate call with donors in mid-July, while discussing Oz’s anemic fundraising and poor polling performance, an NRSC official again worked to ease the minds of contributors and argued that Republicans could win back the Senate without Pennsylvania if necessary.

“We have a path with Pennsylvania, and don’t worry, we have a path without Pennsylvania,” an NRSC official said on the mid-July call, according to another person who participated in the call.

In a statement to Politico, NRSC spokesperson Chris Hartline maintained that the committee is committed to the Pennsylvania race. After the story published, Hartline disputed comments attributed to NRSC staff, saying “any implication that we don’t have full confidence in the Oz campaign and our chances of winning PA is false.”

“Dr. Oz has been campaigning around the state talking to voters about their struggles dealing with Joe Biden and John Fetterman’s failed agenda while Fetterman hasn’t been seen in public in three months,” Hartline said in an earlier statement. “The NRSC is supporting Oz’s campaign in whatever ways we can, as we do with all Republican Senate campaigns, and we look forward to a big win in November.”

In a statement, Oz’s campaign also touted its work with the NRSC.

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Aaron Rodgers boosted ‘Jeopardy!’ TV ratings by 14%—the show’s best performance in a month

April 23, 2021

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has scored another win—this time, away from the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, according to a report.

Rodgers was a guest host on “Jeopardy!” this month as the show goes through a rotation of hosts following the death of Alex Trebek, who died in November following a lengthy battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

During Rodgers’ first week as guest host, ratings for the game show spiked 14% from the previous week, according to TV broadcasting site TVNewsCheck.

In fact, Fox News reports, Rodgers helmed the game show to a first-place finish on the syndication chart for the period ending April 11, with a 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That placed the show ahead of “Family Feud” (5.2 share), and “Wheel of Fortune” (5.1 share). It was the best performance by “Jeopardy!” in a month, according to TVNewsCheck,

The three-time NFL MVP started his stint as the quiz show’s guest host on April 5. The bump in ratings came after Rodgers took over for Dr. Mehmet Oz, who hosted the show over the previous two weeks.

“Other than the Super Bowl, this is the honor of a lifetime,” Rodgers, 37, said in a Twitter promo for the show.

“Following the footsteps of a legend is something that I know a little bit about,” he continued, comparing following Trebek to replacing NFL legend Brett Favre as the Packers’ quarterback more than a decade ago. 

Ratings will likely be a factor in determining who gets the permanent hosting gig. Rodgers previously said he would absolutely take the job if it was offered to him. “I would love to be the host of ‘Jeopardy!,’ yes,” Rodgers said on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

The Super Bowl XLV MVP explained how he would potentially do it, saying he wouldn’t “need to give up [playing] football.”

“They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay,” Rodgers said during an interview with The Ringer. “That gives me … 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”

Former contestant Ken Jennings—whose 74-game winning streak and $2.52 million in earnings are show record—was the first to take over for Trebek, who had served as the host for “Jeopardy!” since 1984, presiding over more than 8,000 episodes.

On Wednesday, April 21, the producers of the show announced that George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck will take turns guest hosting as the search for Trebek’s permanent replacement continues.

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