ERI, Pennsylvania – with two large American flags spread across the wall behind him, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania John Fetterman on on the podium on a Friday night for his first rally of his 2022 Senate bid — and his first public campaign stop after stroke in May.
But among his Republican opponent Mehmet Oz attacks on his absence on the trail – and the insistence that Fetterman was in hiding in basement for summer months during a stroke recoveryFetterman didn’t shy away from the topic when he spoke to the crowd on Friday night.
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He was introduced by his wife Giselle. who sick fans of her own, she called him a “stroke survivor” and thanked the crowd for greeting her husband back on the trail. Almost missing, Fetterman stepped up to the mic and took hold of Oz’s line of rhetoric head on.
“We in Erie, or did I go to 1400? people in my basement? he joked. According to campaign, final attendance was 1355 people.
The hopeful senate went on repeat his stroke experience, becoming noticeably more emotional when retelling story of his wife catching wind of your punch before it’s too late. “Giselle saved my life,” he said, adding that he was grateful that it happened near the well.equipped healthcare facility, in obvious touchstone for his position on approval of quality medical care access countrywide.
“I just so grateful. And so am I lucky. So thank you for be here tonight,” he said.
Fetterman’s return campaign trail marks an important turning point in in race. It is predicted that there will be one of most competitive races this cycle, Democrats need every advantage they can get in Pennsylvania, including valuable face time with voters. Pennsylvania also be a target national Democrats like one of their best chances of getting – potentially increasing their number in The Senate, or simply preventing the Democrats from losing their majority.
Although Fetterman faced some rebuff for not be completely transparent about nature of its a stroke from start it looks like there was no lost love with its base on Friday.
“He was extremely open and sociable… Anything can happen to human bodies. Something happened to both of us and we go in here,” Jane Asher, an Erie resident, told The Daily Beast, pointing to her partner.
Crowd lined up up down block for entrance was full with Fetterman black-and white campaign signs on cardboard material. Campaign staff provided the rally participants with with yellow-as well as-black rags printed with name “Fetterman” waving in in air—like Pittsburgh Steelers signature “Terrible Towels”. Classic rock blown over loudspeakers in the Bayfront Convention Center – location just off vertex of Lake Erie.
Looks exactly the same as when he left in campaign Three months ago, Fetterman was in court in his trademark hoodie and baggy pants.
Democratic Senate, hopeful, not shy in terms in explaining why Erie County was his choice for its very first campaign rally of Senate cycle. Longtime political leader for Pennsylvania, Erie – encapsulation of all Fetterman campaign hopes to highlight this cycle.
It’s blue collar, part of the working class of a state that is not vote Democrat by default. It fits right into it model of “Each district, each vote- a catchphrase he used to prove that the Democrats should goal votes in dark red areas just as much as they do in their capital shelters.
“If you can’t win Erie County, you can’t win Pennsylvania,” Fetterman told the crowd.
Taking only about 10 minutes on stage before shaking hands and taking a selfie, Fetterman had another big topic on agenda: Oz.
A lot of like his Twitter feed, which has become a continuous stream of shit on Republican Hopeful Fetterman out spicy one- liners on TV doctor and asking the crowd, “Do you think Dr. Oz could fill a room like this is?”
The crowd responded loudly with ‘No’.
asked for commentOz campaign Fetterman said, “refuses to be honest with Pennsylvanians or the press about his radical politics and his history of be no show for Commonwealth.”
“Meanwhile, Dr. Mehmet Oz is campaigning across the Commonwealth, listening and sharing concerns. of in people he meets and shows up for Pennsylvanians unlike John Fetterman. Now Pennsylvanians deserve answers from Fetterman. It’s been too long,” said Brittany Janick, Oz public relations specialist. director.
Fetterman also called out the press, offering them should do fact-Check on how many mansions that Oz owns. (hard to tell exactly how a lot of mansions Oz owns but Oz reported $100 million in assets in his campaign innings.)
John Whaley, another Erie resident, told The Daily Beast he was voting for Vetterman against simple voting against Oz. But Whaley added that he suspects some people vote”just save Oz out”.
“Both the MAGA of maniacs and the ultra MAGA” – Whaley added”we are not need Any of what.”
Mike Kurutz, another Democrat from Erie, told The Daily Beast that he thinks politics not need another “artist”, asking if like Carrot Top may come next.
Oz campaign did not respond immediately for comment on Fetterman’s Friday night appearance – and Fetterman didn’t answer reporters’ questions during event.