Republicans say that Democrats are using a year-old police report to ruin pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby's chances in the GOP Oregon Senate primary, according to The Daily Beast.
The police report described a 2013 incident. Wehby's ex-boyfriend Andrew Miller called the police after Wehby came to his Portland home and knocked on the door for 10 minutes. He said she then let herself into the house. He also said that she had been to the home at least 10 times that week and was making inappropriate calls to his office.
Miller, a timber executive and GOP donor, now says he regrets making the report, The Daily Beast said. Miller is helping her raise money to fund her campaign against her conservative opponent, state Rep. Jason Conger.
The Daily Beast says that Politico first broke
the story and then it was followed up by The Oregonian publishing the 911 call on May 16
"I had a relationship with her and the relationship has ended, and she is very, very upset and angry," Miller told the dispatcher, according to the paper.
Democrats are trying smear Wehby, according to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
"In this situation, the person who filed the police report admitted that they overreacted, that they were responsible, that he was responsible, and that the couple ended their relationship on an amicable note and remain friends to this day," said Brad Dayspring, communications director for the NRSC, according to The Daily Beast.
"The insinuation that a respected professional woman who has performed over 7,000 surgeries on children is somehow less of a professional or a candidate because of this kind of petty tabloid story is ridiculous."
He also added that this episode is a "shining example of why talented, intelligent women often are reluctant to run for public office."
The Daily Beast says that no national women’s groups have come to Wehby’s defense and the Women’s Campaign Fund and Name It. Change It., which highlights campaign sexism, did not respond to a request for comment.
The same day the 911 call was released, Wehby appeared at a candidate forum at the City Club of Portland. She didn't address the situation but said she would be the strongest candidate to face a Democratic opponent.
"They can’t use that war on women stuff with me," she said according to the Daily Beast. "They can’t say I hate women and children, puppy dogs and ponytails, and all of the other things that Republicans are supposed to hate."
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