Oregon Senate Candidate Facing Harassment Claim
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The ex-husband of Oregon Senate candidate Monica Wehby called police to accuse her of harassing him as they were going through a divorce in 2007, according to a newly public police report.
The revelation, the second report in less than a week of a former companion calling police on Wehby as the relationship deteriorated, cast a shadow over the final hours of Wehby’s fight for the GOP nomination to take on Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley. She faces state Rep. Jason Conger of Bend and three other candidates.
Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday. But even if the revelations spur voters to change their votes, they’re likely too late to shake up the race because about half the expected voters had already cast their ballot.
The report made public Monday, dated December 2007, said Wehby’s ex-husband, Jim Grant, called police during an altercation at the couple’s Portland home. The report says Grant told an officer he “is tired of the ongoing harassment by his wife.”
Grant told police that over the previous year, Wehby had pulled his hair, slapped him and thrown items at him. On the night he called, he said Wehby slapped him with a pad of paper. The officer wrote that he saw a small red dot on Grant’s cheek, but wasn’t sure what might have caused it.
Grant also told the officer that he’d “been violent with her” over about three years. The report does not elaborate, and Grant could not be reached.
Wehby denied hitting Grant with a pad of paper and portrayed Grant as the aggressor, saying he began swearing and yelling at her while she was on the phone with the nanny.
The report, which was first reported by the Oregonian, did not result in any charges.
On Friday, a separate police report showed Wehby’s former boyfriend, Andrew Miller, called police last year reporting that she was stalking him and harassing his former employees. Miller later funded a super PAC attacking Conger, and said he regretted calling police.
“Like a lot of women, I’ve gone through a divorce that was a trying time in my life for me and for my family,” Wehby said in a statement. “I’m deeply saddened that such a personal matter, which bears no relevance to my Senate campaign, has been used as a political weapon to attack my character.”
Also on the ballot, both parties are selecting nominees for governor, though Republican Dennis Richardson and Democratic incumbent John Kitzhaber are facing little opposition in their own parties.
There are 20 contested legislative races, including two close races where grassroots challengers are taking on Republican incumbents.
Nonpartisan local races and measures will be decided in many areas. They include a massive school bond vote in Beaverton and efforts to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops in two southern counties.
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