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May 19, 2014

In Very Late Hit in Oregon Primary, Monica Wehby Accused of Having "Stalked" Former Boyfriend About a Year Ago

The timing of this may suggest this is a Democratic leak -- with the Republican primary scheduled for tomorrow, there still remains plausible deniability on the part of the Democrats. They can always claim Republican opponent leaked it.

But that claim would seem a bit unlikely: As the below story notes, Oregon is a mail-in vote state, so 40% of the votes for the primary have already been cast.

Would a Republican challenger have waited so long for the late hit?

Maybe, maybe not. But this certainly seems like the sort of timing Democrats would choose.

After tomorrow, Democrats really won't have plausible deniability on peddling this story, so best to get this out there where there are multiple possible suspects.

The story really doesn't appear to be all that bad.

Not great, of course.

Is This the Democrats’ War on Women?

by Patricia Murphy

...

Republicans are crying foul over an eleventh-hour flurry of press reports that Dr. Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon and the frontrunner in Oregon’s Republican Senate primary, was labeled a “stalker” in a year-old police report published Friday by Politico.


The police report details a 2013 incident in which Wehby’s ex-boyfriend, timber executive and GOP donor Andrew Miller, called the police after Wehby came to his Portland home, knocked on the door for 10 minutes, and then let herself in through a back door. Miller told the police that Wehby had been to his home at least 10 times that week and also was calling employees at his company inappropriately.

Miller now says he regrets calling the police and that he and Wehby not only are friends but that he is supporting her Senate campaign. Indeed, he is helping to fund a six-figure outside spending effort to bolster her campaign against her socially conservative opponent, state House Rep. Jason Conger.

Hours after the Politico report broke, The Oregonian published the 911 call that Miller placed, in which he tells the dispatcher that he and Wehby had just ended their relationship and she was “very, very upset and angry.”

Andrew Miller and Wehby dated for a couple of years. Miller says they're currently friends. Miller was divorced (and was divorced before he and Wehby began dating... it appears).

Miller says it was an emotional couple of weeks, and that's it:

“There was a week there or so when we were breaking up that people can be emotional. And me included,” Miller said. “If I think back to that period of time, I regret saying those things in that light.”

“There’s a lot of things that I like about Monica and respect about her,” Miller added. “I never sought [a protective order]… We’re friends.”

Wehby and Republicans are attempting a "War on Women" defense, the sort of egregious nonsense Democrats always attempt in this situation.

I'm of two minds on that. Sure, I agree that what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, but on the other hand: God, it's so f***ing cynically stupid.


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