Braddock, Pennsylvania – Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, who weighed more than 400 pounds, called his competition campaign “bad” after she suggested he eat a vegetable. As mayor, he spent more than $1,000 of his own money telling poor Braddock residents to do the same.
On the corner of 4th Street in Braddock, where Fetterman served as mayor from 2006 to 2019, is a city sign likely not to be seen anywhere else in the United States. The sign does not display the speed limit or parking hours, but rather an order for pedestrians: “Notice: Eat more vegetables.” Fetterman spent his own money installing the signs as a way to encourage residents to eat healthier, according to the local press.
The signs by Fetterman highlight how the Democrat, who sees his chances of winning in November dwindling due to voter concerns about his health and his left-wing crime record, has no problem adopting a double standard when it comes to nutritional advice. Fetterman said he was shocked by how “bad” the race had turned out after a spokeswoman for his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, said that if Fetterman “had eaten a vegetable in his life, he might not have had a major stroke and wouldn’t be in a position to constantly lie about it.” But Fetterman had no problem offering such advice as Mayor Braddock, an almost entirely black area that nutritionists consider a “food desert.”
Food deserts are locations where residents cannot easily buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Fetterman himself said in 2011 interview That Braddock doesn’t have a single grocery store. Unlike many of Braddock’s poor residents, Fetterman likely had no trouble getting fresh foods – his parents financially supported him into his forties by giving him tens of thousands of dollars a year and helping him pay for his home in Braddock. Braddock’s Healthy Eating, Fetterman said in that interview, It is “not at hand”.
“It’s also difficult when you live in an oppressive environment,” he said. “There are a lot of foods that are unhealthy but they are easily accessible and dependable for relief.” “Here, after a hard day working for minimum wage, when you get home all you want to do is watch TV, eat Doritos, and drink soda.”
A spokesman for Fettermann did not respond to a request for comment.
In 2013, Terman’s wife, Giselle, was tired of the “negative” messages on Braddock Street signs. While working at The Free Shop, a city charity, Gisele Vettermann designed the Positive Attitude Initiative.
“Don’t stand here,” “Don’t hang out there,” Gisele Fettermann He said in time. “We wanted to confront those who raise the banners that spread joy and kindness, and the banners with messages that elevate them.”
The city council unanimously approved the project on the condition that the Fettermans pay for the signs themselves, to the tune of more than $1,000. Shortly afterwards, dozens of banners with slogans such as “Believe in yourself,” “Follow your dreams,” “Hug a tree,” and “Eat more vegetables” appeared around the 423-acre city.
Inspired in part by the truck drivers who allegedly drive through town and admire the signs, Gisele Vettermann told a local news outlet that she was hoping to expand the efforts. Gisele Vettermann said that not only should Braddock residents be reminded to eat broccoli, but they should also know not to smoke or litter.
Most of Gisele Vettermann’s tags are no longer on Braddock, as a result of a poor repair or theft. Ironically, the signs of “eating more veggies” persisted as questions about Fetterman’s health became an increasing burden on his Senate campaign.
The Washington Post Call On Fetterman to release his medical records earlier this month in an editorial, describing his “lingering unanswered questions about his health…disturbing.” The MailThis request came a week after the publication of her hometown newspaper Fettermann Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAnd the question His ability to serve.
Reports also appeared This month, other Pennsylvania Democratic officials expressed particular concern about Fetterman’s fitness for office. These Democrats cited Fetterman’s lack of campaign appearance and poor public speaking, a common side effect of strokes, as cause for concern.
After weeks of deliberation, Fetterman agreed to discuss Oz in October. The Fetterman campaign initially required their candidate to have a closed text display screen to assist him in the debate.
“We will discuss Dr. Oz, and that has always been our goal to do so,” Fettermann said. Politico. “It was simply just a matter of addressing some of the lingering issues of stroke and auditory processing, and we’ll be able to work it out.”
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