Romney Endorses Wehby

Meanwhile, Wehby skips primary debate and takes hit from one editorial board.

Andrea Drusch
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Andrea Drusch
May 1, 2014, 7:20 a.m.

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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