Monica Wehby, Republican candidate for for U.S. Senate in Oregon, released a 60-second ad this week offering window into her biography. The ad features Lex Liebelt, an Oregon woman who discovered during her pregnancy that her daughter had a spinal issue. Her obstetrician recommended Liebelt abort the baby, but Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, offered Liebelt "hope."
"Dr. Wehby was going to open her back and reconstruct my daughter's entire lower spine," says Liebelt. "I gave her the most precious thing I had. I trusted her. We have a 12-year-old today because of Dr. Wehby." Watch the ad below:
Wehby faces state senator Jason Conger in the May 20 GOP primary, with both vying for the seat held by Democrat Jeff Merkley. A few polls have shown Merkley is weak heading into reelection, particularly in regard to Oregon's Democratic tilt. One recent poll showed both Wehby and Conger keeping Merkley below 50 percent support. Wehby has also had good fundraising numbers for an Oregon Republican.
A big reason for that is Obamacare, which has proved unpopular in Oregon. Just today, the state's health-insurance exchange Cover Oregon appears likely to be rolled into the federal exchange after months of website failures.