Toomey Will Support Dr. Oz But Stays Mum on Mastriano
Retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is throwing his support behind Trump-endorsed Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dispatch has learned. “I intend to be as helpful as I can be to Dr. Oz,” Toomey said in an interview in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. It’s unclear whether his support will translate into an appearance on the campaign trail. “I don’t know what form it takes, but I’m going to be helpful.”
But Toomey wasn’t so candid with his thoughts on Pennsylvania Republicans’ gubernatorial nominee. In keeping with his months-long neutrality in the race to succeed Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, Toomey wouldn’t say whether he plans to support or campaign against 2020 election-denying Republican gubernatorial nominee and state Sen. Doug Mastriano. “I don’t have anything to say about it,” Toomey said Tuesday of Mastriano’s candidacy.
Toomey, who voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial last year, has evaded questions about his prospective involvement in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races for months now.
He declined to make an endorsement in either race ahead of Pennsylvania’s closely watched May 17 primaries, though he briefly broke his silence to warn against firebrand Senate candidate Kathy Barnette amid her 11th-hour polling surge. “There’s a lot that they—voters don’t know about her,” Toomey told Axios of Barnette, whose campaign came under fire for controversial comments about LGBT people and Muslims, among other unflattering revelations. (The Republican Senate primary ended with a recount between Oz and candidate Dave McCormick, though McCormick quickly conceded and endorsed Oz.)