It's time for the governor to step aside as he has become an embarrassment to our state. According to the local TV station KOIN he plans on resigning today Friday. When he does, our SoS Kate Brown will become the govenor which means Oregon and California will have a Brown govenor. Not that it matters, but Ms. Brown is a lesbian.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's options fade as allies abandon him | OregonLive.com
In one of the most surreal days in Oregon political history, the state’s top Democratic leaders called for Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign, and the governor vanished from public view.
With support of even allies evaporating, the ability of Kitzhaber to remain in office appeared less viable by the hour.
The day started with Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek
meeting Kitzhaber, a fellow Democrat, for breakfast and telling him it was time to step down.
Later in the morning, Secretary of State Kate Brown – next in line if Kitzhaber resigns – released a statement called her interactions with the governor
the day before “strange,” “bizarre” and “unprecedented.”
Then Treasurer Ted Wheeler pressed him
to resign, calling the situation “untenable.”
By then, Kitzhaber’s whereabouts were not publicly known, and he issued no responses. But it was clear that the insiders of his own political party wanted him to go
Kitzhaber has faced ever-increasing scrutiny about ethical issues surrounding this fiancee’s paid contracts, but the intensity flared two weeks ago after the Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Hayes didn’t report a a large chunk of the $118,000 in payments
on her personal tax returns and after the governor batted away questions at his own press conference.
A wave of The Oregonian/OregonLive reports followed: that Kitzhaber aides had helped arrange jobs for Hayes; that Hayes directed top state officials on a policy while under contract to push the same policy; and that the couple’s attorneys were quietly making the case that Hayes was never first lady, nor a public official, to try to shut down an ethics inquiry
even as the governor promised cooperation.
On Monday, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced she had opened a criminal investigation. By then, both Kitzhaber and Hayes had retained criminal defense attorneys.