Report: Losing GOP Candidate Now Wants To Lead O-Care Agency

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November 15, 2014 3:02 p.m.

On Election Day, Republican Monica Wehby lost her bid to represent Oregon in the U.S. Senate. The very next day, according to The Oregonian, she called the state’s governor to ask about the open job to lead the state agency responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act.

The newspaper reported that Wehby, who like most Republican candidates campaigned against Obamacare, called Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and inquired about the unfilled position of director of the Oregon Health Authority.

As The Oregonian put it, that position is “the state’s top official in charge of implementing Obamacare.” It cited “multiple sources” for its depiction of the call.

Kitzhaber’s office would only confirm that Wehby had called, not that she had asked about the director opening. Wehby herself was curiously opaque about her intentions when asked by the newspaper.

“Honestly, I’m looking at all sorts of options. I want to stay involved,” she said. On the Oregon Health Authority specifically, she said: “Clearly that’s where the health care decisions are being made.”

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