A millionaire former hedge fund executive and George W. Bush administration official is running for the Senate in the Pennsylvania Republican primary against Donald Trump-backed famed surgeon Mehmet Oz and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette.
Dave McCormick shows up on the ‘America First’ program and employs Trump-esque rhetoric despite the former president’s support for his opponent.
If McCormick becomes the Republican nominee, he will face the winner of a Democratic Senate primary that includes Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Pennsylvania Congressman Conor Lamb.
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Who is Dave McCormick?
McCormick was a longtime executive at Bridgewater Associates, which is considered the world’s largest hedge fund. He had worked there since 2009, before leaving to fill the vacant Senate seat left by incumbent Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
According to his Senate Financial Disclosure Report, McCormick earned a salary of nearly $22.5 million in his final year with the company.
McCormick served in a variety of positions in the Bush administration, White House records show, including serving as undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department during the final two years of Bush’s second term.
Prior to his White House duties, McCormick ran two technology companies after a stint at consulting firm Mckinsey and Company, according to his LinkedIn.
The self-proclaimed “combat-tested fighter” graduated from West Point and served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division..
He is married to Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive who served as a national security adviser in the Trump administration.
How old is Dave McCormick?
McCormick is 56 years old. He was born in Pittsburgh and raised in a small town called Bloomsburg in eastern Pennsylvania, according to his campaign website.
What is McCormick’s political platform?
Like many GOP midterm candidates, McCormick runs on the “America First” platform and advocates for policies launched under Trump.
He appeals to his business background in his economic plan, which his campaign site says includes cutting taxes for the working class and restoring manufacturing jobs. McCormick blames ‘Joe Biden and the far left’ for record inflation.
Its platform includes a suite of proposals to “combat China’s growing economic and military influence”, increase domestic fossil fuel production, complete Trump’s southern border wall, and implement voter ID laws. It also calls for term limits in Congress, which Democratic and GOP candidates have advocated. this election cycle.
Who endorsed Dave McCormick?
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz and former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are among McCormick’s top supporters. Pompeo held a press conference on behalf of the campaign, expressing “national security concerns” over Oz’s participation in the recent Turkish elections.
Other endorsements include former Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.