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Dr. Oz’s Anti-Woke GOP Rival Has a Trans-Positive Past

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David McCormick, the leading candidate in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary, claims he’s running to challenge “the weakness and wokeness that you see across the country.”

But as McCormick and his allies ramp up their culture war crusade, it’s McCormick’s record as a former hedge fund manager—and the inclusive policies he championed while leading his company—that could quickly become a political liability in a rabid GOP primary.

That record isn’t stopping a pro-McCormick super PAC from going after his Republican competition for their past support of transgender rights, however.

A recent attack ad against McCormick’s big rival—pop surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz—is spotlighting the talk show host’s position on transgender issues, slamming him as a “Republican In Name Only” for engaging on the topic in the past.

The ad in question, called “Greatest Hits,” came from a pro-McCormick super PAC that wants viewers to believe Oz has a MAGA credibility gap—specifically when it comes to transgender issues. And it takes Oz to task for a show about raising transgender children that aired more than a decade ago.

The ad’s conceit is a review of “hit” records, where the “hits” are Oz’s previous positions. And the album cover that introduces the transgender TV segment is titled in the ad “TRANSGENDER KIDS.”

In the video, Oz sits onstage with a little girl and her mother and asks the child, “Do you remember when your parents thought you were a boy?”

The clip ends there, without the show’s additional context, which as the Associated Press noted included interviews with parents and a pediatrician about the broader experience of raising a transgender child.

But the super PAC has picked a curious topic for a fight.

As the former CEO of the largest hedge fund in the world, Bridgewater Associates, McCormick boasted about his company’s inclusiveness, which extended to full paid coverage for gender transition surgery and earned a perfect........

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