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Sources Say: Calling for Hoyle to resign, Wehby talks, but few listen

Failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby isn’t getting much traction in her effort to get Oregon House Democratic Leader Val Hoyle (D-Eugene) to resign.

A political action committee formed by Wehby has issued news releases calling for Hoyle to resign because she is paid by the PAC that supports Democratic House candidates. Hoyle has been receiving $1,855 a month from Future PAC when the Oregon Legislature is not in session and has received $802.39 so far this year.

“It’s not right for unions and other groups to funnel money into her bank account and why no other lawmaker gets paid for their campaign work.,” Wehby said in a June 18 news release that was picked up by hardly anyone.

Speculation heats up in Salem

With the 2015 Oregon Legislature winding down, rumors are flying about some lawmakers seeking higher office next year.

The offices of state treasurer and secretary of state will be wide open. The Capital Insider reports that four-term Democratic Rep. Val Hoyle of Eugene is ready to run for secretary of state, and five-term Democratic Rep. Tobias Read of Beaverton for state treasurer. Democratic Sen. Richard Devlin of Tualatin, who’s been a legislator for two decades, may be a candidate for either position.

A skit at a pre-adjournment party last week lampooned the potential candidacies of Read and Devlin, who were portrayed by legislative staffers as checking out the furnishings in the current treasurer’s office.

Republican Rep. Bill Kennemer of Oregon City also could run for secretary of state. He ran for the office in 1992, when he was a state senator, but lost the primary.

Leadership positions up for grabs

If those Democrats run, it will set off political musical chairs in the House, according to the Insider.

Hoyle is majority leader and Read is speaker pro tem. Likely contenders for those leadership positions are a pair of Democrats from Portland, Jennifer Williamson and Jessica Vega Pederson, who are the current whip and deputy whip.

Devlin is co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee. If he leaves, replacements likely are Sens. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, (the No. 2 Senate Democrat on the panel), Alan Bates of Medford and Rod Monroe of Portland.

The Capital Insider is a subscription newsletter published by the Capital Bureau of the Pamplin and EO (East Oregonian) media groups.

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