PORTLAND -- The day after reports surfaced that GOP Senate Candidate Monica Wehby allegedly stalked her ex-boyfriend, neither she or the Oregon Republican Party had directly addressed the claims.
Now, a political analyst said top officials are avoiding talking about the issue, hoping it blows over.
Wehby, a pediatric surgeon who is running against Jason Conger in the Senate GOP primaries, has been leading the race and was on track to challenge incumbent democratic Senator Jeff Merkley.
On Friday, reports surfaced that Wehby was accused of stalking her wealthy ex-boyfriend, Andrew Miller, on April 3, 2013. A 911 call made by Miller the night of the incident was also released.
During a debate against Conger Friday, Wehby refused to directly address the issue, instead making vague references to "the price you pay" for challenging the status quo.
The Oregon Republican Party has also remained silent on the issue. Saturday morning, party officials told KGW the party had written a statement, but GOP chairman Art Robinson had yet to release it.
Then, on Saturday evening a GOP spokesman said the party would not be publicly commenting on the incident.
KGW political analyst Len Bergstein said he isn't surprised by the silence.
"They're hoping they get through the weekend," Bergstein said. "The story will spin out by itself, because by Monday most people will be looking at the judge's opinion on the same-sex marriage issue."
"The republicans, I think, are hoping that the public has a short attention span," he said.
Wehby will face off against Conger in the GOP primary election Tuesday.
Cornelius Swart and Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report.