Last week, Willamette Week reported that Matt Wingard - a Republican candidate for the Lege in Wilsonville - had admitted to and been convicted of hitting his then-seven-year-old son. BlueOregon coverage here.
What's interesting about the story isn't that Democrats pounced -- it's that so many Republicans did.
As Ridenbaugh Press noted:
Some Republicans have jumped Wingard hard. Wingard has a long list of endorsers, and some have pulled their support. House Minority Leader Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) even asked for his $1,000 contribution back. There’s talk about party people trying to prssure Wingard out of the race, or finding a primary opponent for him.
It seems that Wingard is associated with the hard-core conservative wing of the party. At NW Republican, Ted Piccolo (Coyote) blogs:
...we learn that the "establishment oriented" Republican Caucus is attacking a conservative Republican. ...
The Republican caucus, or the "establishmentarians" are never comfortable with solid conservatives. They will ALWAYS look for someone who is prone to deal making to support and include in the future caucuses. Remember the names, Lynn Lundquist? Lane Shetterly? Mary Gallegos? Rob Patridge? Max Williams? And of course Ben Westlund? This kind of behavior from establishmentarians was evident when they closed ranks to stop Larry George and attempted a personal smear campaign agaisnt him. ...
So now the cat is out of the bag. The conservative community has sent word to the establismentarians that, we see your bet and now we are going "all in."