U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz of Pennsylvania went after his Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, for hiring two brothers who had been sentenced to prison for murder before being pardoned.
The TV personality featured the story of Lee and Dennis Horton, now working on Mr. Fetterman’s campaign as an organizer, as part of the Twitter thread criticized the Democrats’ work on the state pardon panel as proof that Mr Fetterman was “the most dangerous and radical Democrat running for the US Senate this year”.
Thursday’s attack was echoed by Republicans in general.
“John Fetterman has a long track record of being soft on crime, something he constantly tries to hide from voters and the press. He wants to release a third of the prisoners on the streets of Pennsylvania and there are now two convicted murderers working on his campaign,” said a spokesman for the National Republican Senate Committee. , Lizzie Litzow speak in a statement.
“He needs to start putting the Pennsylvania community in front of killers and other criminals and maybe start by firing the two convicted killers he’s been hiring.”
The Independent has reached out to the Fetterman campaign for comment.
Indeed, the brothers were found guilty of murder in what Dr. Oz called “a horrific mass shooting,” but that’s not the whole story.
The couple went to jail because they picked up the man who committed the 1993 murders without knowing he was the killer.
The brothers were found guilty of second-degree murder and automatically received life sentences. By that time, Lee was already a father of four, and Dennis was engaged.
In 2020, the state pardon board, which Mr. Fetterman led as lieutenant governor, recommended that their sentences be reduced and they were released a year later, more than a decade after the murders.
The two men spent time in prison counseling others and working to recover, and Mr. Fetterman became their cause, part of his larger effort to reduce minimize mass incarceration.
In May, the lieutenant governor told Philadelphia Inquirer he knew that working with the Horton brothers could lead to attacks, but it was the right thing to do.
The Democrat is an opponent of life sentences, and has increased the number of pardons and reductions during his tenure on the state board, a significant shift in the state with a population of lifetime prisoners. second largest in the US has no chance of pardon.
“To worry about those ads is to say, ‘I’m going to let you die in prison for my own political insecurity,’ and that disqualifies an elected official,” he said. newspaper and added, “I said this to Lee and Dennis: “Whether or not this may or may not detract from my career, politically, we’ll take you out. “
Opinion poll shows Mr Fetterman leading Mr Oz by about five percent in their race for the Senate.