Another Corrupt Democrat Governor Resigns – Oregon Governor Kitzhaber Announces His Resignation…

Last October, the Willamette Weekly newspaper published an exposé showing how the governor’s fiancé, Cynthia Hayes, was taking money as a private consultant to environment groups and then pushing their policies in her public role as “First Lady” of the state. Most infamously, she ordered state employees to follow a policy she was being paid $25,000 by an advocacy group to promote. Apparently, some of the money also wasn’t reported on tax returns. (link)

oregon govOREGON – Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself.

In a lengthy statement released Friday, Kitzhaber said he broke no laws and said his resignation would be effective on Wednesday.  “Nonetheless, I understand that I have become a liability to the very institutions and policies to which I have dedicated my career and, indeed, my entire adult life,” he said.

The decision capped a wild week in which Kitzhaber seemed poised to step down, then changed his mind, but ultimately bowed to calls from legislative leaders that he quit the state’s top job.

The announcement is a stunning fall from grace for the state’s longest-serving chief executive.

Secretary of State Kate Brown, a Democrat like Kitzhaber, was expected to assume the office and become the first openly bisexual governor in the country. Unlike most states, Oregon does not have a lieutenant governor, and the state Constitution puts the secretary of state next in line.

Kitzhaber called Brown back to Oregon from a conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. People close to Kitzhaber say he asked her to come back after deciding to resign in the wake of the influence-peddling allegations involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant. But he then changed his mind, saying he wouldn’t step down, which led to a Wednesday meeting between Kitzhaber and Brown that she described as “strange.”

By Thursday, the leaders of the state House and Senate said he had to go. Other top officials in the overwhelmingly Democratic state also said Kitzhaber should resign.

“I finally said, ‘This has got to stop,’” Senate President Peter Courtney said after he met with Kitzhaber. “I don’t know what else to do right now. It seems to be escalating. It seems to be getting worse and worse.”  (read more)

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40 Responses to Another Corrupt Democrat Governor Resigns – Oregon Governor Kitzhaber Announces His Resignation…

  1. carterzest says:

    Is messed up that we have had to have him as governor 13 of the past 20 years. We need to amend our State Constitution to term limits, NOW. Despite the fact that he was an attending ER physician in my birth hospital(Roseburg), and the fact that he was even working at the time I was born, and the fact that he is a home town boy, he is not my home town boy. Good Riddance Gov. Sh!Tslobber! Please enjoy the privelge you have provided yourself.
    Can we have our $300 million back from Cover Oregon?
    Stay Classy %$$HOL*!

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    • tig's mom says:

      LIstening to local commentary today, the posited statement, “If Kitz ran in 2020, he would be reelected”. The stupidity runs deep in the metro centers. Watch, just watch, he’ll be diagnosed with alzheimer’s as a defense for his incompetent actions. Brown can pardon State crimes, but they’re on the hook for the Fed stuff.

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    • moogey says:

      He was a poor Governor the first term, yet he was young and handsome and the Democratic political party went insane when they found he was a political puppet. Because of the population spread and the corrupt districting, Oregon will never see another Hatfield or McCall. Such a shame.

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  2. art tart says:

    LOL, “Another one bites the dust.” Good riddance, you just have to laugh at the replacement. Nothing says love like making a complete fool of yourself for a woman, Gary Hart/John Edwards were a couple of liberal/adulterous morons BUT they were both married. It’s hard to understand WHY the Governor didn’t marry the “fiance” who became his fall from grace or WHY he was willing to allow her to tell staff what to do projecting her personal agenda.

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  3. $25,000?
    That stupid fiancé lost the governship over $25.000???

    Sounds like a scheme by the lgbt to remove a straight male from the position and insert one of their own into the governor’s office.

    Don’t be surprised to read in the near future that Brown and the fiancé are / were gay lovers.

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  4. John Galt says:

    Yet another green energy scam? Shocking.

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  5. carterzest says:

    Kitzhaber Will Receive Full State Pension, Even If Convicted of Criminal Charges

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  6. beaujest says:

    He is now in line to address the Democratic convention ! Possible “Butt Biden” VP running mate !

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  7. Since we are (I am) on the subject of unattractive females,

    I would like to take this opportunity to emphatically thank all American women who have chosen to identify as Conservative.
    With this being Valentine’s Eve, perhaps this won’t seem (quite so) inappropriate:

    In case you haven’t been told today, you are beautiful.
    The way you think, the way you speak, the confidence with which you present yourself, is lovely.
    Your feminity is intoxicating, your elegance haunting.

    You are the most beautiful woman in any room you enter, and you are appreciated every day of the year.

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Conservative Women of America.

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  8. 2x4x8 says:

    what I thought was “strange” is that a Democrat Politician resigns without being in handcuffs

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  9. I think I know why they bailed. People higher up in the Democrat party are still skimming from their investments in bogus green energy, and this was bringing undesirable attention to what is probably the biggest scam being used by Democrats to enrich themselves. They are PERSONALLY invested in AGW / climate change / regressivist technology, and if the curtain goes down on it, they are going to take a bath. The more attention this gets, the sooner the jig is up on their little climate change nest eggs.

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  10. bitterlyclinging says:

    Apparently one of the powerlineblog regulars knew Kitzhaber in college. Kitzhaber was a womanizer back then and was running Oregon doing his thinking with his male appendage instead of his head. The state’s so called ‘First Lady’ is a first class gold digger, ie taking $5,000 to enter into a sham marriage. She’ll be gone in short order now that she can no longer milk the state for all its worth.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/02/requiem-for-a-governor.php

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  11. Indiemex says:

    Nothing to gloat about here. Kate Brown will be no better. Likely worse!
    None of this is a surprise to Oregonians. Anybody with ears to hear, knew long before the election how corrupt Kitz, et al. are. People are VERY, VERY STUPID.
    He won, in part, because Republicans put a mess of a candidate on the ballot. Wouldn’t even agree to a debate. Shameless.

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  12. Indiemex says:

    Regarding Kate Brown’s looks – Who gives a rip? So much for the high road.
    Leave the superficial BS to the Left. One of the best public servants this country has ever had, is widely considered to have been quite homely.

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  13. riverlife_callie says:

    To he!! with the high road. The high road is one of the reasons we keep losing. If Romney hadn’t taken the high road he might have been President and we would have been spared 4 more years of Obama. It’s time Conservatives got down and dirty in the trenches.

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    • Thank you riverlife!!!

      I have been saying that for years – give me someone who is willing to get dirty, get into the slop, and I will not only vote for them but promise to hit the streets for them.
      Attack – show emotion – and attack again.
      Show your intended constituency that it means something to you, that it’s an office (whichever office) worth winning, and you will get spirited support behind you.

      This is why I love Ann Coulter – she is the only conservative commentator who is willing to call a spade a spade.

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