With Republicans trying to shake a rep for being indifferent to the needs of women in the workplace, doctors’ offices and elsewhere, an Oregon GOP Senate candidate, pediatric surgeon Monica Wehby, has broken a new glass ceiling with her candidacy. Police reports about harassment, physical assaults and stalking of spouses and significant others have traditionally been the preserve of male candidates. But no more. Last night Wehby clinched the GOP nomination – perhaps with the help of early voting by mail – after having police reports surface of both her ex-husband and more recently her ex-boyfriend accusing her of a mix of harassment, stalking and minor physical assaults.
First to surface was a police report filed by Andrew Miller one year ago. Miller never pressed charges after telling police Wehby was “stalking” her. And he is in fact now supporting her candidacy. Next was a report filed by Wehby’s ex-husband, filed in 2007, in which he accused her of “ongoing harassment” and various minor physical assaults.
Since voting in Oregon is done exclusively by mail, it seems the disclosures may have had little effect on her candidacy since most people had already voted by the time the police reports emerged.