Oregonian slams Wehby for refusing to debate Conger

Rep. Jason Conger

Rep. Jason Conger

Jason Conger for U.S. Senate

“Wehby wimps out on televised debate” ~ Oregonian Editorial Board

“If Team Wehby doesn’t consider her ready for the crucible of a live TV debate, why should Republican voters consider her ready for a race against incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley? Or service in the Senate, for that matter? Is this what accountability will look like when Wehby is on the Hill?” – The Oregonian

Wehby has received a lot of criticism for refusing to debate Jason Conger, but none more scathing than from the Oregonian Thursday. Wehby recently turned down the primary’s only televised debate which was being put together by KGW and the Oregonian. KGW’s televised debate is considered a tradition for Oregon election years and would have been the only opportunity for many voters to see the candidates interact.

“Wehby’s campaign masterminds must reason she has a lot more to lose from a live, widely televised debate than to gain. That doesn’t say much about the campaign’s confidence in its candidate.” – The Oregonian

The Oregonian raises serious questions about Monica Wehby and, like anyone running for office, she owes voters open and honest answers. This is not the first time that Wehby has turned down opportunities to debate Jason Conger. Several other media outlets around Oregon have extended invitations for months including: Bill Lundun – KPNW, Jayne Carroll – KUIK, Lori Raab – KBND, Bill Meyers – KMED, and Craig Fronek – KCMX. Jason Conger has accepted every invitation to debate, including a debate proposed by Lars Larson on his talk radio show and a debate scheduled earlier this week that was conditioned on Lars Larson moderating. Which leaves people wondering what Monica may have to hide.

“Wehby should reconsider, and fast. Wimping out in this fashion will simply call attention to her one significant weakness as a candidate, which is a lack of legislative experience that might make her seem unprepared for elective office.” – The Oregonian

We hope that Monica will reconsider and agree to an honest, constructive conversation with Jason Conger. Republicans deserve a serious candidate who can make an articulate case for conservatives in 2014. We cannot do that by hiding from high profile debates. KGW is providing a platform for the GOP to spread its message to Oregonians. Conger is ready and willing to let voters see how he and Monica differ and why he is the best candidate to take on Jeff Merkley.

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  • Short Shrift Homes

    Look who’s squawking. Despite demand, The Oregonian refuses to restore 7 day home delivery.
    Irritated subscribers: Clamor in a Conger line and demand change! Maybe the minnow wrapper will, michael moore likely not.
    For sure, they’ll team to term it a blot of Merkley and Wehby all sorry for the alienation.

    • M2inOR

      I have 7 day delivery. Check with your carrier. Small fee for the extra days.

  • Marc Heatherington

    It appears Wehby is trusting East Coast machinery to get elected, which will make her their Senator, not ours. This is why people so dislike Congress. Pathetic.

    • guest

      You seem listing to port.

      • Eric Blair

        LOL.. let me share the perception of a real lefty, for what it’s worth. Conger seems more conservative to me than Wehby. I really don’t care, since I’ll most like me voting for Merkley. But just sayin’ that I don’t think you can accuse Marc of leaning to the left because he doesn’t like Wehby’s connections.

        • guest

          Hey Blare’n MoreHussein’tome: Nein the biscuits bilked out your your own oven, monsewer blueOregon, sorta blogger.

    • .

      Boxer, Feinstein, Pelosi, Murray, Cantwell, Wyden, Merkley – Left Coast windmills.

      • guest

        An’ snow what? Wyden is NY monument whose finger lakes into Oregon’s DNC pismire. Like that toot, Marcy ploy?

  • gullyborg

    Funny thing is, there have already been like 11 debates. And Wehby offered to debate Conger on the Lars Larson show, which, to be blunt, probably has more exposure among actual likely GOP primary voters than any PDX television news. Guess what Conger said?

    • srsbusiness

      Good point.

  • Katrina

    No, the campaign hasn’t “already had 11 debates”. This is a total falsehood that camp Wehby keeps spouting. There has been one debate, at Dorchester, and the other “meetings” have been open forums and times when the two candidates were in the same room.
    Everyone knows Lars Larson is pro-Wehby, and cuts off Conger every chance he gets when Conger has been on his show. Why would any candidate want to be on his show for a debate when he rudely snubs and cuts off the candidate he clearly doesn’t like?!

    • Myke

      I was under the impression that Lars leaned more towards Conger then Wehby from what I have heard in their conversations.

      • Dont let US down

        Lars has leaned on both.

        May Day! Conger’s voting record is an indication he should change parties – and, primarily speaking, ‘temp to clean up the befouled air malingering about Mahonia’s haller.

        Rx for lowly informed voters, blitz Kitz, write in Conger and ICU where you’ll ‘come to’ and appreciate the difference.

        Meanwhile, Wehby didn’t get to where she is by being some hooked up or ‘buy’ crooked Pollyanna.

        In quintessence, she’s very bright, right and salutary. Indeed, her acumen especially refreshing compared to the malarkey-shine whoopee’r cushioned in the US Senate.

        • Eric Blair

          LOL.. do you seriously believe that Conger could win a write in vote in the Democrat’s primary? Or, is it a lame attempt on your part to remove the biggest threat to Wehby?

          How many Democrats, do you seriously think, would write in Conger? Now, having him run against Kitz in the general election would be interesting.

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