A new report detailing a second messy previous relationship has brought additional scrutiny to Oregon Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby, just one day out from the primary.
The Oregonian reported on Monday that Wehby’s ex-husband, Jim Grant, accused her of "ongoing harassment" in a Portland, Ore. police report when they were in the middle of their 2007 divorce.
According to the report, Grant accused Wehby of slapping him with a pad of paper, though Wehby denied she touched him with the pad. She also told police her husband had “been physical” with her previously, but she did not report it to police.
"Jim said they are currently in a divorce situation and is tired of the ongoing harassment by his wife," the police report reads. "Jim said over the last year Monica has pulled his hair, slapped him and thrown items at him. Jim said he had been violent with her in the past approximately three years or so ago."
Wehby’s personal relationships became an issue in her campaign when Politico reported this weekend on another Portland police report, this one filed in April of last year by Wehby’s ex-boyfriend, that accused her of “stalking” him.
The report reveals Andrew Miller called the police out of fear that she had entered his home uninvited and that he was considering taking out a protective order against his former girlfriend.
Miller told Politico he regrets filing the report, and is now bankrolling an outside group that’s invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race to boost Wehby’s candidacy.
Her primary opponent, state Rep. Jason Conger, has characterized that development as raising questions about her electability.
He’s said “there are many issues swirling around my opponent’s candidacy,” and declared that GOP voters “can’t afford to take a risk of throwing this election away.”
Whomever wins the nomination on Tuesday will go on to face Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) in the general.