Two of the main Republican Senate candidates in Pennsylvania have embraced masks and vaccines as precautions in opposition to contracting COVID-19, with one even saying that masks shouldn’t be a “political statement” and are about “being form.”

However that was all earlier than they started embracing the MAGA model and working to the far-right to nab the GOP nomination in Pennsylvania. Lately, Mehmet Ozand Dave McCormick try out outdo one another of their contempt for COVID-19 protections.

McCormick, the previous CEO of hedge fund large Bridgewater Associates, has been hammering Oz for his previous help for masks.

“Mehmet Ozwill learn no matter script is put in entrance of him. There was no better supporter of masks mandates than Oz,” he tweeted Monday, together with a video compilation of Ozpreviously selling masking up.

Matt Wolking, a GOP adviser working for the McCormick marketing campaign, additionally highlighted a December 2020 tweet from the superstar physician ― higher often called “Dr. Oz” ― selling masks utilization.

That’s a really totally different line than what Ozis saying as of late. This week, Ozwas on Fox Information saying the left is “forcing” mask mandates on people, although they “don’t work.”

Ozhas additionally spoken out in opposition to companies mandating vaccines for workers and stated that President Joe Biden’s administration misled the general public about what the COVID-19 vaccine would be capable of accomplish.

“I’d block the power of a non-public firm to insist that workers have invasive procedures, which a vaccine is,” Oz told The Washington Examiner. “It ought to be as much as the worker.”

The Ozcampaign didn’t return HuffPost’s request for remark.

McCormick, too, has blasted mandates.

“I believe that the headline precept right here is that the federal government shouldn’t be dictating particular person conduct when it comes to masks or vaccines or testing, and that the precept of particular person freedom and particular person accountability ought to be what drives our insurance policies in these instances,” he added in a March 11 interview on “The Rich Zeoli Show.”

In a Feb. 15 interview on “The Brian Kilmeade Present,” McCormick ― speaking in regards to the Tremendous Bowl ― blasted “absolutely the hypocrisy of the of those masks mandates,” that are “being put in place by officers, being put in place by elites, after which in the end they don’t comply with them themselves.”

However final yr, Bridgewater mandated that its workers be vaccinated earlier than returning to the workplace, and that they put on masks once they return. McCormick was CEO of the corporate on the time.

McCormick spokesperson Jess Szymanski distinguished between mandates imposed by authorities and people imposed by companies.

“Dave is vehemently against authorities vaccine and masks mandates and helps the rights of people and personal corporations to make choices that greatest swimsuit their distinctive state of affairs. He additionally believes corporations ought to work carefully with their staff to accommodate their very own well being care choices as greatest they will,” she stated.

Bridgewater additionally tried to accommodate particular person wants and preferences with COVID-19 vaccinations via a mix of testing and dealing from residence, and different protocols that have been largely profitable.

Nonetheless, McCormick’s actions at Bridgewater ― and the seeming acknowledgment that there was a profit to masks and vaccination ― is out of step together with his present rhetoric.

Ozand McCormick are the front-runners within the crowded, aggressive GOP Senate major in Pennsylvania, set for Could 17. Each males have shifted to the far-right throughout their runs.

Bloomberg Businessweek summed up McCormick’s transformation as thus: “To the astonishment of the Bridgewater crowd, he shed his easy, Davos Man persona and remodeled himself sooner than Clark Kent in a telephone sales space right into a Trump-touting, China-bashing MAGA acolyte.”

Ozs transformation has been much more apparent, largely due to his superstar standing and lengthy public document in his tv appearances and columns. He has shifted on all the pieces from abortion to environmental policies as he and the opposite candidates within the discipline jockeyed to win former President Donald Trump’s favor.

On April 9, it paid off for Oz. Trump endorsed the celebrity doctor, although lots of his longtime advisers have been pushing him to back McCormick. In keeping with The Washington Submit, Trump was upset a couple of 2021 video wherein McCormick praised Joe Biden and blamed Trump for polarization within the nation.