Superstar physician and Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz revealed Tuesday that Fox News host Sean Hannity served as an unofficial marketing campaign adviser all through his Pennsylvania major race.

“I wish to thank Sean Hannity,” Oz mentioned, setting off a spherical of applause throughout an election night time speech, with the race nonetheless too near name. “Sean has been like a brother to me. When Sean punches by one thing, he actually punches by it. He understands precisely the way to make a distinction, and he’s been doing that this whole marketing campaign.”

“A lot of it behind the scenes. Giving me recommendation in late-night conversations — once more, the sorts of issues that true buddies do for one another.”

He additionally thanked former President Donald Trump for his endorsement.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the race between Oz and former hedge fund supervisor David McCormick was still deadlocked and was seemingly headed for a recount below Pennsylvania legislation. Trump nonetheless encouraged Oz to “declare victory” anyway.

Hannity has repeatedly crossed the line from TV host to Republican marketing campaign booster through the years, placing Fox Information’ insurance policies about workers involvement with political campaigns below the magnifying glass.

Just lately, CNN revealed textual content messages from the day of the 2020 election that confirmed Hannity obediently taking instructions from then-White Home chief of workers Mark Meadows. Meadows instructed Hannity to emphasize to his viewers the significance of each vote and to make robust pushes in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada.

Hannity obtained a slap on the wrist in 2018 after he appeared onstage at a Trump rally in Missouri, with Fox Information saying it “doesn’t condone any expertise collaborating in marketing campaign occasions.”

Throughout Trump’s time in workplace, Hannity was recognized to generally communicate to the president a number of occasions a day, routinely dialing him for late-night chats to supply recommendation and commentary on the developments of the day.