- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s Senate Republican leader is repudiating attacks that members of his party have made in campaigns against Democrats.

As part of last year’s grand bargain that cut pensions for public employees and raised taxes on the wealthy, Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders agreed not to use the votes in campaign attacks.

But Republican Sen. Betsy Close of Albany attacked her Democratic rival, state Rep. Sara Gelser, for her vote. A national Republican group is going after Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney as well.

So Senate Republican leader Ted Ferrioli of John Day issued a statement late Friday renouncing and repudiating the attacks. He says he’s committed to ending all references to votes on the tax-increase measure in campaign materials.

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