Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney endorsed pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R) in her May 20 primary against state Rep. Jason Conger (R). In a statement, Romney touted Wehby’s “strong experience outside of government.” Most recent polling, from Democrats, put Wehby just behind Conger, and both candidates behind Sen. Jeff Merkley (D). Earlier this week local papers reported that Conger had seen a drop-off in fundraising, while outside groups continued to take to the air on behalf of Wehby.
Wehby: “I’m thrilled to receive Governor Romney’s endorsement and to have his confidence that our campaign can take back this senate seat in Oregon. He and I share in the belief that Washington, DC needs leaders who have excelled in fields other than politics - that the establishment of a permanent political class is not what our founders intended. When we began this journey not a lot of people thought Oregon would be competitive this November. With Governor Romney’s endorsement, Republicans all over the country will now know that Oregon’s US Senate seat is in play.” (release)
PREVENT DEFENSE. Wehby turned down a debate invitation from KGW TV, which would have been the only live debate before the primary. She has participated in non-televised debates, and has one the books for May 16. Earlier this week a local paper endorsed Conger on the premise that Wehby’s interview with the editorial board showed a lack of knowledge on major policy issues outside of health care. (Oregonian/ Bend Bulletin)
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