Skip to comments.The Beltway GOP Establishment is Pushing a Pro-Abortion Senate Candidate on Oregon
Posted on 03/18/2014 4:18:58 PM PDT by cotton1706
*Promoted from the diaries Aaron*
The national narrative today suggests that the chances of the Republican Party taking over the Senate in November are increasing as the map of competitive races expands.
One of the states that the pundits are increasingly talking about is Oregon. If you are listening to the Beltway establishment, including Rove, you would think that there is only one Republican candidate running in Oregon Dr. Monica Wehby.
The problem with this is two-fold:
1) Monica Wehby is not the only candidate running for the Republican nomination
2) Monica Wehby is a liberal Republican and proudly pro-abortion.
Luckily, Oregonians have an alternative. His name is Jason Conger, and my organization, Oregon Right to Life, has proudly endorsed him.
Despite being abandoned by his mother as a child and suffering periods of homelessness, he nevertheless worked his way through community college and graduated from Harvard Law School.
Conger has been endorsed by nearly every Republican state legislator in Oregon and 97 percent of Jason Congers itemized contributions have come from Oregon.
Meanwhile, 40 percent of Monica Wehbys itemized contributions have come from out-of-state, thanks to the DC GOP establishments support of her candidacy including contributions from Senators Susan Collins, Saxby Chambliss, and Richard Burr.
The Beltway GOP establishment likely orchestrated through the NRSC thinks they know Oregon better than those of us fighting here in the trenches.
It is simple: the Beltway GOP establishment does not believe that a conservative can win in Oregon. So they are trying to hoist a liberal Republican on Oregon conservatives.
I have a simple request: Stay out of our state, and let us choose the best person to represent our values to be on the ballot this November.
Gayle Atteberry, Oregon Right to Life
See my tag line for the reason why.
In the money race, Conger has $215k and Wehby has $500k. Unfortunately, Merkin Muffley has $6.3 million.
The only thing that the GOPe stand for is creating opportunities for themselves to amass even more wealth and power. Government and law are just tools to be used to force the little people to do their wishes.
Rove, the GOPe hasn’t learned a thing from the DeDe Scozzafeva fiasco.
Go Jason Conger!
Pray America wakes up
Any Republican that supports infanticide is non-existent to me.
Blast it...well, write off this state. A doctor is probably the only candidate that could have won in Oregon, but not a doctor with this kind of record.
Has he been endorsed by Palin yet?
I first heard of Wehby from Hugh Hewitt of all people, in that article about his (somewhat incorrect) ranking of competitive Senate races.
He seems to be pimping her.
I think running a state legislator instead of some random doctor is probably the best bet, even if she hadn’t given the Kennedy answer on abortion (”I’m a pro-life Catholic BUT...).
Troubling is her claim she’d “revamp” Obamacare rather than repeal it. Obamacare is the central issue in this election. She’s also wishy washy on Shamnesty and queers playing house, giving only nebulous statements on either.
I’d back her if she wins the nomination but unlike NH where there is no viable alternative to Scott Brown, there is one here.
14% of Oregon is Catholic ... maybe 5% are practicing Catholic ... why would she identify herself as a pro-life Catholic in a political campaign? Most who identify themselves that way are in states filled with Catholic Dems. Not Oregon.
Is Jason a Tea Party member?
Pro-choice candidates do it all the time, the “I’m personally pro-life but law of the land woman’s choice blah blah blah”.
It’s lame, I’d have more respect for them if they said “I think human fetuses are no different than bacteria and I passionately support population control”.
yea, but the “Catholic” thing in Oregon is weird.
If Romney said in Mass ... I am a pro-life Mormon ... he’d hafta fire someone. Catholics in Oregon are aliens.
Meanwhile, in New Haven ghetto politics ... the party endorsed nobody for the seat. Free for all special election with no DEM nominee
“Is Jason a Tea Party member?”
I don’t think we should write off any state. This seat was republican six years ago, and in my view, can be again...but not with some worthless moderate, go along nominee.
“...Troubling is her claim shed revamp Obamacare rather than repeal it....”
I expect we’ll hear a LOT of that from the squish wing of the GOP.
I have questions relevant to this primary. When was the last time Oregon voted Republican for President? Also, when was the last time Oregon elected a conservative U.S. Senator?
Oregon hasn’t voted GOP for President since 1984. As for the last “Conservative” Senator, given that Gordon Smith was to the right of both Bob Packwood and Mark Hatfield, he might be counted. Other than him, you’d likely have to go back to Guy Cordon (1944-55). He narrowly lost to left-wing Democrat Richard Neuberger in 1954 (Hatfield would take the seat back from his widow a dozen years later).
That needs to be taken into consideration before deciding to oppose a potentially appealing Republican running in a liberal constituency. I've backed Tea Party challengers in the past, but I say we should try to cut our losses in this case.
I’d still likely endorse Conger here. Wehby would probably be another Susan Collins. The money issue is a biggie here, too, as I wrote at the start of the thread.
“When was the last time Oregon voted Republican for President?”
RR in 1984.
“Also, when was the last time Oregon elected a conservative U.S. Senator?”
Pointing out that OR hasn’t voted for a GOP presidential candidate since 1984 is misleading, since George W. Bush came within less than 1% of carrying the state in 2000 and got a respectable 47% in 2004. Oregon isn’t Rhode Island.
And as for electing a conservative Senator, it depends what you mean. Gordon Smith was moderate-to-conservative, and he served until 2009 (he narrowly lost reelection in the terrible political environment of 2008). Specifically on the issue of abortion (the subject of this thread—check out its title), Smith was pro-life, as was his predecessor Mark Hatfield (who was generally liberal on some economic and foreign-policy issues, I wouldn’t call Hatfield a RINO).
So I wouldn’t point to history to rule out electing a pro-life U.S. senator from OR. Now, that does not mean that we should ignore the fact that pro-life conservatives start off at a disadvantage in OR; but I would posit that a pro-abortion extremist would not be able to obtain the required turnout from conservatives to win the state.
Our best chance at beating Merkley would have been with Congressman Greg Walden, who is well known in the Portland media market (he’s from the county just east of Multnomah), has ample experience on federal issues, has a relatively conservative voting record without being “extremist” by Oregon standards, and is pro-choice on abortion without being unacceptable to conservatives (he does support bans on late-term abortion and oppose taxpayer funding of abortion). (I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that if Walden were pro-life he’d still be our best candidate for the U.S. Senate in OR.) Alas, Walden wants to stay in the House, and in his safely Republican House seat. No other first-tier candidate has stepped up, so, unfortunately,we are deciding between candidates who would be pretty heavy underdogs against Merkley. The pro-abortion NRSC-backed candidate has no better a chance of winning than her more conservative primary opponent. So if we’re going to back a candidate due to political realities, llooking at all of the political realities leads me to conclude that it is pointless to back a pro-abortion candidate who doesn’t have much of a chance of winning.
This is where we get it wrong.
The idea is not to pick up 100 Senate seats, all filled with conservatives. Nor is it to get 60 conservative
Republicans. That would be great, but it’s not happening.
All that’s necessary, is to get a majority of 60+ seats, so 35+ conservatives from red states, and 25+ whatever we can get from where ever we can get it.
I’ll take a Susan Collins from Maine, or a Mike Castle from Delaware (ooops, never mind).
What totally screws us up are the guys like Graham, McCain, and both guys from Mississippi - Wicker and Cochran. And others.
Look at Heritage’s rankings and check the liberal Senators from RED states:
These are the guys we need to go after.
Perfectly Acceptable: Kirk at 44% from Illinois - I’ll take what I can get from Illinois.
Totally dreadful: Alexander 48% from Tennessee - I expect much better from Tennessee!!!