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Fetterman Tries to ‘Weirdify’ Dr. Oz in Senate Race — and Builds Polling Lead

The Democratic Senate candidate has embraced an unconventional strategy as he recovers from a stroke, steering the campaign combat onto social media.

John Fetterman

John Fetterman

Photographer: Michelle Gustafson/Bloomberg

Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman hasn’t been on the campaign trail in his US Senate race since suffering a stroke in May. Yet he’s built an early lead over celebrity physician Mehmet Oz in what’s supposed to be a favorable election year for Republicans with the help of Snooki and “The Sopranos” character Silvio.

Fetterman has embraced a strategy that is unconventional by necessity, steering much of the campaign combat onto social media. The commonwealth’s lieutenant governor has been trolling Oz on Twitter and trumpeted videos from Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, star of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” and Steven Van Zandt, the actor who played Tony Soprano’s consigliere, mocking Oz for relocating to Pennsylvania from New Jersey.