- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley has turned plagiarism accusations against his Republican rival, Monica Wehby, into a television ad.

Merkley’s campaign released the ad on Tuesday, two weeks after news reports showed her health care and economic proposals closely resembled statements made by other Republicans.

Wehby, a doctor, has run on her expertise in health care and describes herself as an independent thinker.

Merkley has tried to pierce her image as a moderate, and uses the plagiarism allegations to link her to national Republican figures, including Karl Rove and the Koch brothers. The ad says “Monica Wehby made their agenda her agenda.”

Wehby’s campaign has said Merkley is trying to distract from his failure to help the middle class.

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