Wehby website section down amid alleged plagiarism

Monica Wehby's health care plan copied verbatim from survey by Karl Rove's Super PAC, Merkleys campaign says.

Wednesday, September 17, a link to Monica Wehby's health care plan, on the Monica For Oregon campaign website, showed a 404 error. (KOIN 6)
Wednesday, September 17, a link to Monica Wehby's health care plan, on the Monica For Oregon campaign website, showed a 404 error. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The issues section of US Senate hopeful Monica Wehby’s campaign website was down Wednesday amid allegations she plagiarized her health care platform from material written in a 2013 survey by Karl Rove’s Super PAC, Crossroads GPS.

September 16 report by Buzzfeed presents several instances in which Wehby’s plan matches the survey’s language verbatim. Senator Jeff Merkley’s campaign has called plagiarism, while a link to Wehby’s plan, under the “Issues” section of her campaign website leads to a 404 error.

Below, a table compiled by the Merkley campaign from the Crossroads GPS survey and Monica Wehby’s healthcare plan compares positions. The Crossroads survey was written in June 2013, while Wehby’s plan emerged in November 2013.

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A table comparing language from a Crossroads GPS survey and Monica Wehby’s health care plan, compiled by Senator Jeff Merkley’s campaign. (Jeff Merkley for Oregon)

Merkley’s Deputy Campaign Manager, Andrew Zucker, said he noticed Wehby’s “Issues” section was down early Wednesday afternoon.

“You’ve got a candidate who’s saying she’s different, but here she is copy-pasting her health care plan from Karl Rove,” said Zucker.

“It paints a very clear picture of what she’s offering Oregon.”

“These website pages were authored by staff that are no longer employed by the campaign and were immediately removed once brought to our attention,” said Monica Wehby campaign spokesperson Dean Petrone.

Petrone said as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Portland’s Randall Children’s Hospital, Wehby has 30 years of experiencing medical policy.

‘Economic plan was plagiarized too’

Allegations that Wehby’s economic plan was plagiarized emerged later Wednesday and were first reported by Buzzfeed.

Wehby’s economic plan, cached in a Way Back Machine archive, although the section is taken down, draws heavily from plans released by Republican Senator Rob Portman and 2012 Congressional candidate Gary DeLong.

Below, a chart compiled by KOIN 6 compares passages in Portman’s jobs plan with those in Wehby’s economic plan.

A table compiled by KOIN 6 compares Rob Portman and Monica Wehby's economic plans. (KOIN 6)
A table compiled by KOIN 6 compares Rob Portman and Monica Wehby’s economic plans. (KOIN 6)

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