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GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon
Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2014 12:10 PM EDT | Jonathan J. Cooper

Posted on 04/20/2014 10:40:06 AM PDT by Olog-hai

The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn’t been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.

Republicans back in Washington think they’ve found the right candidate in Monica Wehby, a children’s brain surgeon who’s raised more than $1 million and put her early opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law at the center of her campaign. […]

Wehby faces four other Republicans, most notably state Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, a lawyer who’s promoting his conservative credentials and his experience representing a district that, like the state as a whole, favors Democrats. …

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: brainsurgeon; gopestablishment; jasonconger; jeffmerkley; monicawehby; rino; senate; washingtongop

1 posted on 04/20/2014 10:40:06 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

GIT-ER-DONE.....Oregon!


2 posted on 04/20/2014 10:45:03 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

I’ve seen her ads....I’d better look into this and do something.


3 posted on 04/20/2014 10:47:06 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: SandRat; Impy

Waiting to hear what Impy has to say about this. Actually I’m anxious to hear what Impy has to say about this race.


4 posted on 04/20/2014 10:50:29 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Olog-hai

We need a Dr. Welby there, and her name is close enough.


5 posted on 04/20/2014 10:51:08 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Olog-hai

Conger is performing BETTER than Wehby, but the establishment wants an abort candidate


6 posted on 04/20/2014 10:58:40 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Olog-hai

Obviously a fire and brimstone Republican would be better, but that’s not an easy task in a state like Oregon. At the very least, she may well be able to force the Dems to supply money to what would normally be a no-brainer race.


7 posted on 04/20/2014 10:58:47 AM PDT by BobL
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To: BobL

The public employee unions manage to override everyone else and vote themselves a raise during the worst part of the recession.

That’s what we have to deal with here.


8 posted on 04/20/2014 11:08:02 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Aria

oops.....MANAGED, not manage.


9 posted on 04/20/2014 11:08:54 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Aria

Agree...it certainly won’t be easy there.


10 posted on 04/20/2014 11:11:24 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Olog-hai
Republicans back in Washington think they’ve found the right candidate in Monica Wehby

That makes me nervous...

11 posted on 04/20/2014 11:26:30 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: SandRat

She’s pro-Abortion. F her.


12 posted on 04/20/2014 11:34:45 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: Domandred
That makes me nervous...

But not surprising. From the story: "(Wehby) supports same-sex marriage and says the federal government shouldn't be involved in abortion, although she says she's personally opposed."

Sounds like the kind of candidate the establishment would love.

13 posted on 04/20/2014 11:36:10 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Aria
I've seen her ads....I’d better look into this and do something.

Like find someone who doesn't kill babies.

14 posted on 04/20/2014 11:36:18 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: DoodleDawg

Yes, many libs past child-bearing age will say they’re personally opposed.


15 posted on 04/20/2014 11:37:15 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: All
Republican candidate Dr Wehby garnering disapproval from the Planned Parenthood abortion cabal.

Planned Parenthood Blasts Dr Monica Wehby's Anti-Abortion Guest---Sen Tom Coburn
WILLAMETTE WEEK NEWS, March 13th, 2014, By AARON MESH

Dr. Monica Wehby, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and a pediatric neurosurgeon, is catching ire for inviting an anti-abortion Senator (Coburn is a pro-life doctor) to speak at her Oregon fundraising events.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon demanded today that Wehby "sever ties" with U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma). "Monica Wehby should sever ties with Senator Coburn immediately and tell Oregon voters where she stands on women’s health," says Laura Terrill Patten, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.

"Does she agree with Senator Coburn that providers of safe and legal abortion should face the death penalty," Patten continues, "and that a survivor of rape should be forced to carry a pregnancy caused by her attacker?"

Wehby invited Coburn as a special guest to three fundraising events—including a $1,500-a-plate dinner in Portland.

Wehby is running in the Republican pimary for U.S. Senate, and is a leading contender to challenge Sen. Jeff "Keep your plan" Merkley (D-Oregon). ####

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As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville, Democrat candidate Obama advanced his signature healthcare plan---ultimately enacted, by an historic straight Democrat party-line vote, into the "Affordable Care Act"

QUOTING 2008 OBAMA: "No. 1, let me just repeat, if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it. All I’m going to do is help you to lower the premiums on it. You’ll still have choice of doctor.”

Repeated over and over again---with Obama's promise that every American family would be saving $2500.00 on healthcare costs.

Significantly, Obamba NEVER corrected lock-stepping Democrats, all reading from the same Democrat talking points, all of them repeating the same Democrat promises---over and over again.

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LOCK-STEPPING PARTY LOYALTY NOT SEEN SINCE 1930-40's ERA EUROPE Obama And the Dems marched in lockstep.....the persistent Dumbocrat drumbeat ---- in obeisance to Obama ---- kept ringing reassuringly in our ears: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."

QUOTING SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oreg): “[E]nsuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it” “The HELP Committee bill sets forward a historic Democrat plan that will, for the first time in American history, give every American access to affordable health coverage, reduce costs, and increase choice, while ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it.” (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 7/15/09)

16 posted on 04/20/2014 11:42:15 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
Dr. Monica Wehby, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and a pediatric neurosurgeon, is catching ire for inviting an anti-abortion Senator

This is for the campaign. After that, she goes back to being a flip-flop Romney clone.

17 posted on 04/20/2014 11:45:36 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: steve86

So she’s pro abortion?? That’s a deal killer for me.....at least in the primary.


18 posted on 04/20/2014 11:49:17 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: steve86

Yeah-—she is considered a RINO. We need to keep emphasizing her pro-life credentials -— as the way to super-glue her to them. Plus she is anti-Obamacare.

Bear in mind, the political ground keeps shifting as we type-—what w/ Obama’s numbers diving into oblivion and Democrats scared ****less about losing.

Amazingly the RNC filed suit against the IRS on behalf of targeted conservatives.

If Wehby wins, it will not be RINO business as usual.


19 posted on 04/20/2014 11:52:39 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Aria

She’s thinks the government should not regulate abortion. That’s pro-abortion. Who cares that a post-menopausal woman is “personally opposed” (other than God)?


20 posted on 04/20/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: Olog-hai

Conger has virtually declared war on Lars Larson, who is easily one the most popular conservative radio hosts with a three hour regional and a three hour national show five days a week.

Lars Larson asked Conger questions about his law firm making money off of the Oregon version of obamacare, which he voted for. Conger cannot seam to get around to answering the question.

If you’re a conservative in Oregon and cannot get Lars Larson on your side, you are toast. Fighting Lars Larson doomed his campaign, IMHO, the day he declared that he would never go on Lars’ show ever again.

Conger also voted for the Columbia River Crossing bridge that included light rail and would actually reduce the volume of cars that could use it and create a huge toll for users.

Conger also voted for a convention center in Portland that would never make money and would compete with the private sector.

I know Jason Conger and like him a lot. He lives in my district. His voting record leaves a lot to be desired if you are a serious conservative, as I am.

As for him being slightly more against abortion that Wehby is will not matter unless you think the republicans are going to run on repealing Roe v. Wade.

Conger is right on gun control and abortion. I think Wehby is also. She’s going to have at least five times the money to finance her campaign as Conger. I predict Wehby will win the nomination going away.


21 posted on 04/20/2014 12:02:05 PM PDT by edboock (The United States Constitution ©1787, All Rights Reserved)
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To: steve86

I like Conger but I wouldn’t mind Wehby. OK, she is for abortion and gay marriage, but would you rather have a Marxist who’ll be 100% support of Obama or Wehby would will check Obama on major issues.


22 posted on 04/20/2014 12:17:33 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

How do RINOs “check” Marxist Democrats ?


23 posted on 04/20/2014 12:24:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: edboock

It’s simple: Wehby is the liberal establishment candidate, and Conger isn’t. Conger does better in polling against Merkley. The RINO Establishment perpetually backs losers in Senate races. They cost us more than 10 seats alone in the past two cycles.


24 posted on 04/20/2014 12:27:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: NYer

pro-life doctor running as Republican for Senate in Oregon


25 posted on 04/20/2014 12:38:03 PM PDT by GreyFriar ( Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
If you want to be a single issue voter, it's OK. However, if a conservative candidate (of ANY party) is on my page 90% of the time, I would support him.

That means that some issues I won't compromise on, which includes states rights, taxes and gun rights. Other issues is not going to make me let a Marxist in just because a candidate is not 100% on the litmus test.

If you are going to stay home because candidate X is not 100% conservative, you are going to let Candidate Y who would agree with Obama 100% of the time win?

I'm going to vote for the most conservative candidate. That means if they a different view on abortion or gay marriage, but the same views as me on issues I mostly care about, I'll vote for them.

I still want to defeat Liberals and RINOs...

26 posted on 04/20/2014 5:20:47 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Olog-hai
Fire deuschbag Merkley bump for later.....
27 posted on 04/20/2014 5:30:48 PM PDT by indthkr
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To: InterceptPoint; SandRat; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Viennacon; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; ...
I’m anxious to hear what Impy has to say about this race.

Really? Well.

Merkley was elected in 2008 with 49%, if everyone who voted for the Constitution party candidate had voted for incumbent Republican Gordon Smith, he'd have been reelected. Smith I would say, is to this lady's right. I supported his reelection but he did invite a challenge from the right by drifting further to the left and praising Obama in attempt to appeal to swing voters. Pathetic election, Merkley was a border-line second tier candidate. Smith was preferable to the pair of RINO Senators OR used to have, Hatfield and Packwood.

Anyway, Dr. Wehby been getting a great deal of hype, I'm always skeptical of hype-heavy candidates, tea party and RINO alike.

She kind of reminds me in that sense of Dr. Steve Sauerberg, the candidate that IL RINOs recruited to run against Durbin in 2008. The difference of course is that no one outside the state took his candidacy seriously because beating Durbin in 2008 was an impossibility and indeed Durbin handed him his ass (the guy was a lousy candidate, he won the primary with only 56% against 2 pathetic opponents).

Unlike that race, this race is winnable, more Republican state, much more Republican year, less entrenched rat. But I have to say I'm not optimistic. Of all the winnable races this one is dead last, other than maybe Virginia.

In addition to being pro-choice she's given the typical vague answers that RINOs who have never run for office before give on shamnesty and gay marriage. I presume she's for both but is reluctant to say so and piss off conservatives, or she doesn't give a damn and is afraid of taking a conservative position.

Very troubling was her stance on Obamacare, that repealing it is impossible so let's "revamp" it change it to the watered-down version that a President McCain would have passed. Finally realizing that Obamacare is THE issue of this election she's flipped flopped and is speaking strongly against it. I don't think she knows what the hell she is doing.

Conger seems a decent candidate, an elected official, not some random person. She has way more money than him though, and Wyden has a great deal more than she does. We'd need big bucks to beat him.m not optimistic. Of all the winnable races this one is dead last, other than maybe Virginia.

28 posted on 04/20/2014 6:44:56 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: ExCTCitizen

I will not support a pro-abortion candidate. Period. Compromise with evil is still evil.


29 posted on 04/20/2014 6:59:22 PM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Impy

A poll showed

Merkley 47% Conger 40%
Merkley 46% Wehby 34%

http://www.harperpolling.com/polls/oregon-poll-too-close-for-comfort

Wehby is being pushed (and funded) by the Rovians. She’s a pro-abort, and her candidacy should be aborted. Conger may not win, but he has a better shot than this Susan Collins wannabe.


30 posted on 04/20/2014 6:59:35 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Impy

Really? Well
+++++++
Thanks for the insight on the OR race.

As to “Really? Well” I can’t resist reminding you that, as our Designated Chief Election Guru, you have certain responsibilities that I am sure you are aware of. Without our regular dose of Impy-Wisdom come election-time life just wouldn’t be worth living.

OK. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit but hopefully you get my point. So I would like to recommend you pull out that Ping List of yours, put me on it if it’s not already there and start feeding us the real dope.

Sincerely, IP


31 posted on 04/20/2014 7:15:15 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: B Knotts
So if a candidate is true to cutting taxes, gun rights, repealing Obamacare and to close the border to illegals, but his position on abortion is pro choice and another candidate is 100% with Obama you won't vote? Sorry, but to me abortion and gay marriage is #30 on my list. This year, if the candidate is for getting rid of illegals and to repeal Obamacare, I don't care care if he is pro choice or for gay marriage.

I am not going to vote for Marxists or RINOs.

32 posted on 04/20/2014 7:15:24 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Being pro-abortion is, at minimum, a severe character flaw.

The bottom line for those of you who don’t have a problem with the slaughter of the unborn: every single time we elect one of these pro-abortion “Republicans,” they turn out to be soft on taxes, spending, guns, etc., etc.


33 posted on 04/20/2014 8:05:23 PM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Viennacon

That figures, the voters are never as fond of these “electable” RINO recruits as the party bosses and talking heads are.


34 posted on 04/20/2014 8:12:12 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: InterceptPoint

I wasn’t aware I was promoted to CHIEF!. ;D

I’ll be sure to ping you to my quasi-intelligent analyses from here on.


35 posted on 04/20/2014 8:16:20 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

But it shows Rove’s hypocrisy.

“We need strong, experienced candidates instead of outsiders who’ve never been in politics, otherwise we lose”

And so he backs an outsider who has never been in politics over an established politician. It’s not about electability with Rove. That’s where he is exposed as a BS contortionist. He wants RINOs. PERIOD.


36 posted on 04/20/2014 9:59:57 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; InterceptPoint
Rove is an a-hole but his PAC has backed plenty of candidates that aren't RINOs. I can't go along with Rove's support=automatic mark of the beast thing.

I think perceived electablilty is a primary factor in who he chooses to support.

In this case he and the other chumps that are backing Wehby ascribe to the falsehood that only a "moderate" can win in Oregon, even if she has no freaking idea how to run a campaign. I attribute that more to stupidity than anything else.

37 posted on 04/20/2014 10:44:24 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Viennacon; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; InterceptPoint; randita

Also mentioned in that poll you posted, rat Governor Kitzhaber leads his main challenger, State Rep. Dennis Richardson by only 46%-43%. We haven’t won that Governorship since 1982, only Washington (last win that wasn’t recounted away was in 1980) has gone longer without a Republican Governor.


38 posted on 04/20/2014 10:51:21 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: ExCTCitizen
If you are going to stay home because candidate X is not 100% conservative

Everyone stays home in Oregon, all ballots are by mail. Fraud Free too. :)

39 posted on 04/20/2014 11:27:12 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: ExCTCitizen

I don’t know where you derive “single issue” from my post. I said electing RINOs does nothing to combat the Democrat agenda. All they do is further it and continue to inflict damage on the Conservative agenda and the GOP. If you want to “defeat” liberals/RINOs, you don’t vote for them.


40 posted on 04/21/2014 7:36:12 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ExCTCitizen

I can guarantee you if they’re pro-abort, they’re not going to be with us on much else. How many social liberals are fiscal Conservatives ? Those are ideologies at odds with the other.


41 posted on 04/21/2014 7:38:54 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Impy

Although Washington State pretty clearly elected a Republican Governor in 2004. Gotta love that rodent fraud, what would they do without it ?

(Of course, if you removed King & Multnomah Counties from WA & OR, the GOP would be winning most races statewide)


42 posted on 04/21/2014 7:41:29 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

WA and OR and 2 more states I’d like to redraw. Connect Portland and Seattle in one state and leave the other one GOP-leaning.


43 posted on 04/21/2014 9:08:20 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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