Dr. Mehmet Oz owned an undisclosed apartment in New Jersey where his close associates were affiliated with groups that denied the ethnic cleansing that occurred during the state’s formative years Modern Turkey.
Bergen County records show that since 2006 Oz and his wife owned a condominium in Fairview County, a seven-minute drive from their mansion overlooking the Hudson River, where the county sent its most recent unit property tax bill this year. However, this apartment is oddly absent from the other full disclosure Oz made in April as a candidate for United States Senator from Pennsylvania.
Candidates are not required to report non-revenue real estate holdings — but Oz did so for his other non-revenue properties, including his Cliffside Park address, his new home in Pennsylvania, and his residential property in Turkey, where his father the mother of the former daytime TV presenter was born. It is not certain whether Oz received rent from the apartment, as neither he nor his tenants responded to repeated requests for comment.
What can be ascertained is who the tenants are: a pair of longtime friends clearly deeply involved in Turkish nationalist activism and connected to the groups that fought to stop the United States. The United States recognizes the extermination of the Armenians on Turkish territory during World War I — which Oz himself has refuse to describe as a genocide, despite the consensus among respected historians.
Documents filed with the New York State Department of Charity show Necmiye Kacaroglu reported the apartment as her personal address last year when she co-founded a nonprofit called Ataturk’s Heritage – named after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the controversial founder of modern Turkey. New Jersey voter records show her husband has been using the apartment as his address since at least 2014, and legal search engine LexisNexis places both them and their adult children at the location. this.
In addition to many photos of her and her husband with the Oz family at private and public events, Kacaroglu’s Facebook page filled with pictures of Ataturk.
Ataturk is a top military officer when the Ottoman government massacred and expelled more than a million ethnic Armenians from Asia Minor. The first President of the Republic of Turkey inaugurated the country’s long-standing policy of put down atrocities and blame them on the Armenians themselves, whom Ataturk and his associates saw as a dangerous fifth column aiding the Allies.
As one army leader and as the new head of state, Ataturk also joins remove the Greek minority of Turkey. His success in establishing a cult of personality and a new nation state to challenge the later Western powers made him a hero to Nazi officialswith Adolf Hitler holding a bust of the Turkish autocrat and referring to him as his “shining star”.
On her own social media, Kacaroglu has personally repeated many lines of the Turkish government, blaming Armenians for kill Turkish soldiers by British troops during World War I and shared post complained about the Armenians asking Turkey to recognize war crimes against them
Among the photos of her and the Oz family are photos from Gala Dinner 2018 of the American Turkish Association. The group has long shied away from public statements about the systematic killing and deportation of Armenians, and involves only recent successful attempts for the US government to recognize these crimes as genocide. However, the society’s longtime leader, record executive Ahmet Ertegun, Controversial sponsorship scholars promoted the Turkish government’s version of events and refused to publicly describe the massacres as a genocide — although before his death, Mr. Reportedly acknowledged as much as possible in private. The American Turkish Association did not respond to a request for comment.
Kacaroglu is also a longtime member and a Recent candidate for the presidency by Amerika Türk Kadınlar Birliği, or the Turkish Women’s League of America. This New York-based group is one of the constituent organizations of Turkish American Association. ATAA was established in the late 1970s, according to reports Worthwhile consideration of the Turkish ambassador at the time, to counter Armenian influence on American policy. ATAA is today one of the country’s leading Armenian genocide denial groups leading cases and pressure campaigns to prevent American schools from teaching atrocities. Its website has a prominent tab labeled “Armenian matter”, which links to many pages attacking Armenians and denying the extent of Turkey’s murders and crimes.
Social media posts also shows that the federation maintains close ties with the Turkish consulate and diplomatic corps, and Kacaroglu’s page includes photos and videoshers while attending League events at the Manhattan outpost.
However, a spokesman for the group confirmed that the federation canceled Kacaroglu’s membership after her attempt to become president was unsuccessful. They acknowledge the federation’s affiliation and payments to ATAA, but maintain the federation is a cultural and linguistic organization, “not a political group.” However, the spokesman added that they personally do not believe the Armenian genocide occurred.
Social networking sites about Kacaroglu’s husband and son are also rife Image of Turkish nationalism, allusion to Ataturkand posts support her activities. And it’s not just the Facebook photos that prove the closeness of the families: Oz’s wife admitted to Kacaroglus in her two booksthank them in one note for “keeping the front of the house.”
Among the questions that Oz and Kacaroglu failed to answer was whether he had ever donated money to any Turkish nationalist groups she was affiliated with or supported those organizations in any way. other or not.
Candidates who knowingly fail to declare their source of income in their disclosures will be subject to a $50,000 fine and other civil penalties, good government advocates say.
“Voters have a right to know the financial interests of those to whom they will entrust power,” said Delaney Marsco, senior legal counsel on ethics at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center. “When candidates and civil servants hide that information, it does a lot of damage to the public’s trust.”
However, if Oz simply lets them stay in the mansion for free, Marsco says he won’t break any rules and won’t face any consequences. But it’s not clear why he reported his New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Turkey homes while excluding the Fairview apartment.
Oz’s recent conversion to a Pennsylvania resident has helped him since he launch his campaign. He’s only registered to vote in the state he wants to represent in 2020, had been a New Jersey resident for the previous two decades. He was criticized for accused of filming a campaign video for his Pennsylvania Senate runs from his New Jersey mansion. His latest FEC report shows stops for gas in Princeton, New Jersey, four times in the past quarter. Like many other New Jersey residents, he was a staunch New York Yankees fan, once calling his New York Yankees “”necessary. “
And in Oz’s Cliffside Park, New Jersey, the residence’s address appears in late 2021 on various forms of advocacy donations: one donate $5,800 to Team Herschel Inc. endorsing Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker and two supporters total amount donated in total $5,800 to the Republican candidate in New Jersey, Tom Kean Jr.
Out-of-state ties have been a talking point for his Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Colonel John Fetterman, the Governor of Pennsylvania, who has created memes, shitposts and even a video from Jersey Shore persona Snooki (aka Nicole Polizzi) to troll the old TV presenter about his new Pennsylvania residence.
Oz’s relationship with Turkey has become as awkward as his history in New Jersey. Oz once proudly mark his Turkish heritage and his ties to his parents’ homeland, where he holds citizenship, served in the military and even voted in recent elections.
Conservative Critics attacked his relationship with his parents’ homeland, while Armenian groups argued His work for the state-owned Turkish Airlines partly marks him as a foreign agent — an argument his campaign has called “ridiculous.” The additional pitcher for the surgeon has promise to give up his Turkish citizenship if elected to replace Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) who retired this November.