Sunday, September 21, 2014

Oregon: When Physicians Run for National Office, Understand Why They're Running

According to The Associated Press, it is always prudent to listen carefully when a medical doctor decides to run for national office.
Of late, candidates for national office very often have MD or OD after their name.
For voters, one must focus on why a physician, regardless of specialty, decides to run for national office.
Let's first look at income before and after. With few exceptions, members of the House of Representatives or the US Senate will work much less than they do as a physician.
Monica Wehby MD, a neurosurgeon, burst onto the political scene as an Oregon Republican, but admittedly had a few missteps.
The Senate tends to be a better choice for a physician in that you really don't have to work all that hard. Once you've won, you have six years before you have to run again.
Now that voters are paying closer attention to Monica Wehby, the Oregon Republican is fighting to keep her campaign afloat.
Wehby raised a ton of cash in the hopes that in a Democratic state such as Oregon, she would be a shoe-in. Then scandal hit.
Days before the May primary, old police reports surfaced revealing that an ex-husband and a former boyfriend independently called police to report Wehby was harassing them.
This week, after clawing her way back to relevance, her campaign was threatened by reports that her health care plan matched a Republican group's recommended talking points, in some places verbatim.
Politicians routinely borrow ideas from each other and speak from similar talking points, but the plagiarism allegations played right into the hands of Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).
The billionaire Koch Brothers, conservative businessmen who are favorite targets of the left, are major backers of a nonprofit group spending millions on television ads targeting Senator Merkley.
Yet, Freedom Partners, has canceled advertising slots reserved for October and will go dark at the end of the month. Super PACs that backed Wehby in her primary have remained on the sidelines because of missteps.
COMMENT: One question that every physician has to have the answer to is:

What is the biggest management challenge you've ever undertaken?

Although members of Congress and US senators typically run small offices, they must be known for undertaking comprehensive problems to demonstrate their grasp of complexities.

In a state where Democrats reign, small, less intrusive government can be a winning strategy.
Being a Republican, I want to vote for Monica Wehby if she embraces Republican ideals. 
Monica Wehby needs to carefully review everything she has ever said about abortion and gay marriage and restrain herself from deviating from previous statements.
If you're running as a Republican, adhere to Republican principles.
National politics is a very nasty business. Yet, candidates that make it to the finish line very often do so based upon five critical precepts:
1. Don't make promises you can't keep;
2. Be consistent; 

3. If you're a physician, tell voters why you're running! Be specific and provide detail;
4. Never…EVER lie;  and

5. Don't attempt to be something you are not.
If you violate any of these five precepts it is unlikely that you'll make it to the finish line. 
It is been more than a decade since a Republican has won in Oregon. Yet, it is possible to beat a Democrat if you adhere to the foregoing rules.
A solid platform you never have to apologize for includes the following:
a.  Always vote for smaller government;
b.  Reduce the deficit;
c. NEVER add one penny to the deficit;
d. Vote consistently to reduce the federal budget; and

e. Never vote to extend the national debt limit.
When it comes to abortion and gay marriage, you can't be what you aren't. If you try to fudge it, your credibility will be sabotaged the moment that voters walk into a polling booth.
Even if you lose, you'll be respected for your convictions and your values.


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