According to the Associated Press, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) is resigning amid an ethics scandal.
Kitzhaber had resisted calls for him to step down, even from his powerful Democratic colleagues, as he and his fiancée are facing a criminal investigation over “influence peddling.” Cylvi Hayes, Kitzhaber’s fiancée, allegedly used her relationship with the governor to enhance her green energy consulting business. In addition, Kitzhaber allegedly ordered state officials to destroy his emails and other records.
Despite coming under fire for Oregon’s Obamacare website problems, Kitzhaber cruised to re-election to a fourth term last November.
According to the AP, Oregon’s Secretary of State Kate Brown will likely assume the office, which would make her the first openly bisexual U.S. governor. Unlike most states, Oregon does not have a lieutenant governor, making the secretary of state the #2 position.
Kitzhaber also released a statement in which he said he was “charged, tried, convicted and sentenced by the media with no due process and no independent verification of the allegations involved”:
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) February 13, 2015
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