PORTLAND -- A researcher for the Oregon Democratic Party was the first person to request a police report that accused GOP senatorial candidate Monica Wehby of stalking her ex-boyfriend.
The report, first publicized on Friday by Politico, started a firestorm of controversy about the candidate just days before the May 20 primary election.
The police report filed by Wehby ex-boyfriend Andrew Miller was first requested by Democratic Party employee Jon Friedman on April 17, according to police records disclosed to KGW. The log records everyone who requested copies of a report. All other requests for the Wehby stalking report came from the media.
Friedman is a researcher for the Oregon Democratic Party, according to a party spokesman. The party declined any other comment when pressed why Friedman pulled the report.
On Friday, Senator Jeff. Merkley, a Democrat, said he was unaware of the police report when it surfaced in the news media.
I had never hear this information until I heard it on the news, Merkley said while attending a Lines for Life event in Portland.
This is an issue of private family life, Merkley said. I can say that issues of family life are best left in the private family.
Two more police reports have since surfaced.
In 2007, Wehby's ex-husband called the police to complain that his estranged wife had thrown a notebook at him at a party. He told officers he was tired of the ongoing harassment from Wehby and claimed that she had pulled his hair, slapped him and thrown items at him over the past year.
In 2009, a police report alleges that Wehby violated her custody agreement with ex-husband, who said Wehby pounded on his door and demanded to see their kids