Governor Kitzhaber and First Lady Cynthia Hayes off the road and over a cliff? Two recall campaigns now underway. AG launches criminal investigation.
There comes a time in the life of any politician when allegations of wrong-doing, whether innocent or intentional, become so loud and so drawn out, that the accused literally loses their ability to do their job, or in Governor John Kitzhaber’s case, his ability to govern.
But thus far, Kitzhaber says he has no plans to step down.
Kitzhaber’s fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, was recently forced to release documents that strongly suggest that she was taking a salary from companies whose services were a part of carrying out certain clean energy policy issues. Ms. Hayes is a very aggressive environmental protection and conservation advocate with a business of her own based in Bend.
Most recently Hayes was accused of not reporting all of her income on her tax forms. Kitzhaber says they keep separate tax forms and that any questions about the allegation should be directed to her. Hayes, he said, is out of the country spending time in Europe – but none of it in any way connected with Oregon issues or policies of his administration. But some reports say Kitzhaber does know or should have known whether Hayes was engaged in any use of public resources to further her own private business or whether she was hiding a portion of her income. Those allegations have grown loud enough to where Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says her office will launch an investigation.
Now there is a second recall effort in the works to ask Oregon voters if Kitzhaber should be removed from office.
It’s getting louder as we see in this article in the Oregonian. Click here.