PITTSBURGH, PA — Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick has entered the increasingly crowded Republican race for the soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. McCormick, who ran Connecticut-based Bridgewater Associates, announced his candidacy Thursday with the release of a television ad.
“I’m Dave McCormick,” he says in the spot, filmed in a high school gymnasium. “I’ve fought all my life, from wrestling in this gymnasium to wrestling like this at West Point. I fought for freedom in Iraq and American capitalism, not socialism. And now I’m fighting. presents to the US Senate to fight the revival mob, hijacking America’s future.”
Other Republicans seeking to succeed retired Pat Toomey include famed TV doctor Mehmet Oz; Montgomery County real estate developer Jeff Bartos; Kathy Barnette, conservative commentator and 2020 congressional candidate from Montgomery County and Carla Sands, the former US Ambassador to Denmark.
McCormick, 56, will likely be criticized by fellow candidates for saying he has lived in Connecticut since 2009. He recently bought a house in Pittsburgh.
McCormick might try to counter criticism by noting his ties to former President Donald Trump. His wife, Dina Powell McCormick, was Trump’s deputy national security adviser.
Several former Trump aides will also advise his campaign, CNN reported. They include Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller and Cliff Sims.
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