The law and order party has some problems with law and order. Oregon Republican U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby was accused last year of stalking her boyfriend, entering his home without permission, and harassing his employees.
Politico has the details:
Wehby was questioned by a police officer on April 3, 2013, after being seen leaving the area near the home of Andrew Miller. Miller, the wealthy owner of a timber company, had been romantically involved with Wehby but their relationship was ending at that time, they both say now.
Wehby, who is vying for the Oregon GOP Senate nomination, was not arrested in the incident.
But the Portland police report detailing the incident said Miller, owner of Stimson Lumber in Portland, was worried that Wehby had come to his home uninvited, and had even entered the residence without his permission. Miller said he was considering getting a protective order against Wehby, the report states.
Miller didn’t get the protective order. He is a big-time Republican donor in Oregon, so he is trying to downplay the incidents. He also has said that he will support her, but he will not be involved with the campaign if Wehby is the nominee. Wehby might be challenging Sen. Jeff Merkley, so she has little chance of winning, but she is a shining example of the Republican Party’s ability to recruit and field some of the worst candidates in politics.
Republicans have struggled in Senate races because they end up with terrible candidates. From I am not a witch to legitimate rape, Republicans just can’t seem to find many sane people that non-Republicans would be comfortable voting for. A possible stalker might be a new low even for the GOP.
One of the reason why the Senate is so dysfunctional that it can’t even pass legislation that both sides support is that enough of the crazed Republican ideologues are winning to poison the body. Republicans have gone so far to the right that their party is now majorly composed of extremists and the unstable. When these of people get elected, the result is an upper legislative chamber that is paralyzed by the dysfunction and chaos that they bring to the office with them.
People can do out of character things during breakups, but having the police called for potential stalking is not the kind of thing voters look for in a senator.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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