A GOP super PAC is spending more than $75,000 on TV ads supporting Oregon Senate candidate Monica Wehby ahead of the state's May 20 primary. The Oregonian reports that New Republican, headed up veteran consultant Alex Castellanos, will be airing ads in the Portland market touting Wehby as an "independent conservative" and "the change Washington needs now."
Watch two of the 30-second ads below:
A political newcomer, Wehby is a pediatric neurosurgeon, an element of her biography highlighted in a recent ad by her own campaign. Wehby's top rival for the GOP nomination is state senator Jason Conger of Bend, who has argued Wehby is too moderate. Conger has polled slightly better in the general election than Wehby, but he has also struggled to raise money. Wehby, on the other hand, has raked in plenty of money along with support from independent expenditure groups like New Republican.
Both Conger and Wehby are vying for the chance to take on incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley, a first-term senator who looks slightly vulnerable in a few recent polls. Oregon is still a Democratic state, however, and Real Clear Politics's poll average indicates the state is still likely to stay that way in 2014.