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Pediatric Neurosurgeon Jumps In Oregon Senate Race (Video)

No, not Dr. Ben Carson. He's not the only conservative pediatric neurosurgeon who is interested in running for office.

Monica Wehby, a Portland based pediatric neurosurgeon, formally threw her hat into the ring, Tuesday, joining a several other Republicans who hope to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

The Oregonian reported the news, this morning:

Wehby said she’s driven to run for Senate in order to correct what she sees as a decline in opportunity for the young thanks to the fallout of the Great Recession. “I look at the way things are going and I want our kids to have the same opportunities that we had,” Wehby said. “I’m really concerned when I look at the way things are going we may be the first generation that can’t say that their kids are going to be better off.”

But it’s her background as a doctor that will likely define Wehby’s candidacy. In 2004 Wehby was the chief petitioner of Ballot Measure 35, which would have limited non-economic damages in medical lawsuits. Voters narrowly defeated the measure, but Wehby has remained active in medical policy circles and serves on the board of the American Medical Association.

Wehby, a critic of Obama's "signature achievement" ObamaCare, said that the weaknesses in the law are becoming apparent as it is being rolled out. “There’s a lot of problems with the law and I think that’s what happens when you push it through so I think there’s a lot of things that have to be addressed,” Wehby said.

She will be announcing her candidacy at 2:00 p.m. Pacific.

The ultimate winner in the Republican primary will face Merkeley, who reportedly has "already amassed a campaign war-chest worth $2.2 million."

Here is Wehby's announcement video:

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