Monica Wehby is on track to win today's Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Oregon, and Democrats are already unloading on her as she prepares to face off against incumbent Jeff Merkley in the fall. Last Friday, a Politico article described a police report filed last year that alleged Wehby, a divorced mother, had been "stalking" and "harassing" an ex-boyfriend, local businessman Andrew Miller. As the Oregonian reports, the police report was initially requested by a Democratic party researcher and former Merkley staffer in Oregon:
Jon Friedman, who listed a Northeast Portland address, requested the report from Portland police on April 17, 2014, documents obtained by The Oregonian through a public records request show. Friedman did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.
Friedman works as a research assistant for the Democratic Party of Oregon, said Jamal Raad, party spokesman. Raad declined to comment further.
Raad previously worked as a spokesman for Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, who is seeking re-election to a second term. Merkley will face Wehby or state Rep. Jason Conger, R-Bend, depending on who wins the May 20 Republican primary.
Miller has said he regrets calling the police on Wehby, and both say the two ended their relationship last year amicably. Miller, a wealthy businessman, has been funding a pro-Wehby super PAC. Merkley has denied knowing about the police reports before they were released to the public and says the issue is a family matter.
More recently uncovered documents have shown that Wehby's ex-husband accused her of harassment in 2007 amid their divorce and called the police on her in 2009 over a dispute about seeing the divorced couple's children.
Wehby campaign manager Charlie Pearce released a statement about the reports. ""It is outrageous that the Democrats would stoop so low as to attack a woman needlessly for her divorce and personal relationships. Ever since the polls showed Dr. Wehby beating Jeff Merkley, the Democrats have been digging up hurtful personal attacks to try and slow her momentum," says Pearce. "If Dr. Wehby were a man I doubt her private life would be so needlessly sensationalized. These attacks are despicable and show that the real war on women is being waged by the Democrats."