In her endorsement of gay marriage, complete with a television ad running statewide, Oregon’s GOP Senate candidate, Dr. Monica Wehby, has silenced her Democratic opponent, Sen. Jay Merkley, who repeatedly attacks her as a "cookie-cutter Republican," according to Politico
"My opponent keeps trying to paint me as an extreme right-wing Republican, and that’s actually not who I am," she told Politico. "I’m a very independent-minded person, like our state. I’ve always felt government should stay out of it. This isn’t a change in thought for me at all."
Next week, Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, will begin airing the spot featuring Ben West and his husband, Paul Rummell. West was a plaintiff in the case that earlier this year struck down Oregon's constitutional ban against same-sex marriage.
The couple reached out to Wehby’s campaign after being impressed that she took the pro-gay marriage position even before the Republican primary, according to Politico.
In the ad, West says, "We need leaders who have the courage to do what’s right. That’s why I support Monica Wehby. I know she’ll fight for every Oregon family, including mine."
West is a Republican who has voted Democrat in the past, and Rummell is a Democrat who supports Wehby.
Wehby, who also supports abortion rights, has been clear that she is not one to tow the party line.
"My occupation is one that lends itself to logic, not ideology, and the votes I take will reflect that," she told MSNBC
. "My commonsense approach will reflect the independent minds of Oregonians better than the 97 percent partisan voting record of my opponent."
If elected, the economy will be her top priority, she said.
"A strong, healthy economy is key to improving the quality of life among all Americans, and will allow us to focus on time spent with family rather than the uncertainty of being able to provide for them."
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