Oregon Primary Results: Monica Wehby Wins GOP Senate Nomination

Monica Wehby, Marvin Hausman

Oregon Republicans have selected surgeon Monica Wehby as their U.S. Senate candidate, the Associated Press reports.

[Also see: Dr. Monica Wehby Survives 11th-Hour Democrat Hit, Wins Oregon GOP Senate Primary]

Wehby defeated state Sen. Jason Conger in Tuesday’s primary. She is set to challenge progressive Sen. Jeff Merkley in the general election.

AP reported earlier Tuesday on the race:

Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby and state Rep. Jason Conger lead a five-person contest for the Republican Senate nomination in Oregon. Some of Wehby’s TV ads drew high praise, but the single mother of four faced reports that a wealthy ex-boyfriend called police last year and accused her of stalking him. The man now says he regrets making the call, and he is backing Wehby’s campaign.

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It’s On: Obamacare Failures May Put Oregon Senate Seat in Play for GOP

wehbycongerjpgFor Breitbart.com, Tony Lee reports:

Obamacare’s failure in Oregon may make incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) vulnerable this year, and Republicans have two candidates battling for the nomination who will make it difficult for Democrats to frame them in the fall as “cold-hearted” or to play the “war on women” card.

Jason Conger, a pro-life two-term representative in the Oregon State House, has an inspirational life story in a party the mainstream press have lambasted as being the party for rich people who look down on the “47%.”

“It’s a 2,700 page law, 20,000 pages of regulations now — it’s impossible to work with this law. I think the best way is to repeal and replace with a plan that will actually work.”

— Monica Wehby

Monica Wehby, the pro-choice frontrunner in the race, as Fox News noted, is a pediatric neurosurgeon who “was the first woman to graduate from UCLA’s neurosurgery program.” She also “was an early critic of Obamacare” and even “featured in a 2009 ad opposing the Affordable Care Act.” Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Dr. Monica Wehby’s Campaign Challenge: ‘Keep your Doctor, Change Your Senator’

From HotAir‘s Guy Benson:  WaPo’s Chris Cillizza called this spot running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen “the ad every Democrat should be scared of in 2014.”  Worry away, Jeff Merkley:

This web ad was produced by the campaign of Dr. Monica Wehby, a female medical doctor who’s a leading candidate to challenge Merkley in the fall.  Over-the-air commercials will need to be shorter, of course, but there’s obviously an avalanche of ammunition waiting to be unleashed.  As a phsyician, Wehby would occupy the high ground on Obamacare (which has been especially horrible in Oregon), and would make it rather difficult for Merkley to play the “war on women” card as demagogic plan B.

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Republican Doctors Running for Congress Amid ObamaCare Rollout Catastrophe

Doctor_patient_640Alexandra Jaffe reports: Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare.

“Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare,” Rep. Paul Broun, a family physician running for the GOP nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat, told The Hill.

“We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life,” he added. “That’s the kind of policymaker we should have in place in dealing with healthcare policy.”

Doctors running in Senate races from North Carolina to Oregon are all pitching voters on their experience in the medical field.

It’s not unusual for doctors to seek elected office. But it’s not necessarily typical for them to win, however. The Senate counts only three physicians in its ranks. Last year, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a Democrat who ran largely on his record in medicine, lost to now-Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

A 2012 Gallup survey rated medical doctors as the third most-trustworthy profession, below only nurses and pharmacists.

In contrast, members of Congress were second from the bottom, considered more trustworthy than only care salespeople.

That makes physician candidates well poised to hammer home a main Republican narrative that has emerged in recent weeks — that Democrats who pledged to Americans they could keep their insurance under ObamaCare are untrustworthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Walls Close in Around Obama


BEN SHAPIRO writes:  On Wednesday, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for a limit of two years. “I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect,” Udall said, “and it will need to be improved as it is implemented.” Udall already wants to push off the open enrollment deadline on the Obamacare health exchanges until the end of May.

But Udall’s plan isn’t the only one in the offing. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has introduced the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act,” co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kay Hagen (D-NC), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). That act does not set a two-year deadline on how long people can keep their insurance. As Ezra Klein of The Washington Post points out, “Obamacare’s premiums would rise.” But Landrieu’s office ominously called the bill a “transitional fix.”

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[VIDEO] Pediatric Neurosurgeon Jumps In Oregon Senate Race

DEBRA HEINE reports:  Monica Wehby, a Portland based pediatric neurosurgeon, formally threw her hat into the ring, Tuesday, joining a several other Republicans who hope to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

The Oregonian reported:

Wehby said she’s driven to run for Senate in order to correct what she sees as a decline in opportunity for the young thanks to the fallout of the Great Recession. “I look at the way things are going and I want our kids to have the same opportunities that we had,” Wehby said. “I’m really concerned when I look at the way things are going we may be the first generation that can’t say that their kids are going to be better off.”

But it’s her background as a doctor that will likely define Wehby’s candidacy. In 2004 Wehby was the chief petitioner of Ballot Measure 35, which would have limited non-economic damages in medical lawsuits. Voters narrowly defeated the measure, but Wehby has remained active in medical policy circles and serves on the board of the American Medical Association.

Wehby, a critic of Obama’s “signature achievement” ObamaCare, said that the weaknesses in the law are becoming apparent as it is being rolled out. “There’s a lot of problems with the law and I think that’s what happens when you push it through so I think there’s a lot of things that have to be addressed,” Wehby said.

She will be announcing her candidacy at 2:00 p.m. Pacific.

The ultimate winner in the Republican primary will face Merkeley, who reportedly has “already amassed a campaign war-chest worth $2.2 million.”

Here is Wehby‘s announcement video: