REPORT: Dr. Oz To Announce Senate Bid This Week

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Pennsylvania Republican insiders say celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz is likely to join Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, perhaps as soon as this week. Widely known as Dr. Oz, he has already hired top campaign aides and has reached out to some Republican political leaders in the state, according to multiple Pennsylvania Republicans familiar with the matter.

Oz, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school and from its Wharton business school in 1986, would seemingly bring fame and status as a political outsider to the Republican primary but would also likely face questions about living outside the state and his sometimes controversial medical advice.

TMZ reports:

We’ve learned he now has a full campaign staff, including Chris Hansen — not the Chris Hansen from “To Catch a Predator” — to manage the campaign. Hansen ran the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

As for his show, we haven’t gotten official word, but it’s likely Dr. Oz will step back from the talk show — at least, over the next few months. We’re told Oz may make the announcement Tuesday night on FNC’s “Hannity.”