Category Archives: Governor John Kitzhaber

Kitzhaber & ‘Shady First Lady’s’ Garbage Dump Relationship (!) & Run Are Investigated

We want to see the video and objects from  Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes’ dump run.

Image Credit: KGW TV
Image Credit: KGW TV

John Kitzhaber went to the Bend dump the other day with his Shady First Lady (thank you UK Daily Mail) and the dump workers called the cops.

One of the inescapable conclusions we can draw from this means the guys who work at the dump are smarter than the guys who worked for the Governor. At least they can identify when something looks hinky and call in law enforcement.

The Bend Bulletin reports the ex Governor, forced to retire when he attempted to cover up his and his Shady First Lady Cylvia Hayes’s reputed influence peddling, visited the dump Friday last, spent a few minutes emptying their load and then called attention to themselves when Hayes’s credit card jammed the system.

The dump workers, seeing  who they were dealing with, called investigators because they were worried the two were trying to destroy more evidence in their case.  

They looked like any other people who were cleaning out their garage or cleaning out a rental. It was just stuff,” [spokesman Timm] Schimke said. “They weren’t manipulating the stuff. They were just tossing it out and they were only in there for two or three minutes and then they left.” 

Schimke said Hayes went to pay for the items the two dropped off when the landfill’s computer system malfunctioned. 

When employees reset the computer, they identified the person who was trying to pay as Hayes, the subject of a federal and state investigation at the time

It looked to me like they were cleaning out a garage, I guess,” Schimke said. “Campaign signs when she was running for office years ago. A mattress or a box spring.

Schimke says the whole thing looked odd:

It just seemed strange that they were at a transfer station dumping waste so soon after him resigning and them being under investigation.

Investigators picked up the items. 

But now we learn federal investigators are looking into Hayes’s relationship with the dump and another project she was working on. 

Good. 

Kitzhaber’s Flaccid Management Style Saw Him Hand Off His Biggest Governmental Boners to a Campaign Aid In Yet Another Ethical Breach

Kitzhaber’s work wife and fake wife plundered his office. Worse? He was only to happy to let them loose on Oregonians — and their moth-filled wallets — as long as no one bothered him with details.

Image Credit: Daily Astorian
Image Credit: Daily Astorian

It’s hard when you discover the ‘cool’ guy you voted for was actually an egotistical, hair sprayed airhead.

Oregonians should have taken John Kitzhaber at his word when he uttered his Nixonesque ‘Oregon is ungovernable’ you won’t have him to kick around anymore epithet in  2002.

They should have believed the pundits who said ‘It’s the governor, stupid’.

Instead, voters let the perpetually affected, detached and bored executive back into office, whereupon he turned everything over to his unelected wives and handlers

The emails the ex governor tried to destroy, but which were obtained by Willamette Week, show Kitzhaber turned over two of his biggest projects — and biggest failures — to his campaign chief, who ran Oregon’s business in the Columbia River Crossing and Cover Oregon to the benefit of exactly one person: her client, candidate John Kitzhaber. 

This may come as a surprise, but that’s a Bozo-No-No.

Willamette Week still felt impelled to spell that out for the Van-Down-By-the-River/Occupy crowd:

If they made decisions based on Kitzhaber’s personal political interests rather than what was best for taxpayers, that’s not right,” says David Friedman, an associate professor at the Willamette University College of Law. “It just looks bad.”

When she wasn’t working for the company managing the disastrous light rail program laughingly called Columbia River Crossing, campaign aid Patricia McCaig, Willamette Week reports she was paid to ‘manage’ the program for the Governor.

Then, because apparently she’d done such a *great* job with the CRC, Kitzhaber put McCaig in charge of the quickly circling-the -drain Cover Oregon plan.

McCaig saw her plan of action clearly. She didn’t want to save the OrBamaCare program, she wanted to save the Governor. 

According to the emails in Willamette Week, McCaig quickly saw an off ramp. She manufactured a meeting where the preordained demise of the program would be pronounced and then, aha! she’d orchestrate a lawsuit against Oracle. She even bragged about it to the boss, who called her his ‘princess’:

The emails also show McCaig orchestrated the state’s legal strategy against Oracle. Polling showed voters blamed the governor for Cover Oregon’s failure. McCaig wanted Kitzhaber to demand money back from Oracle.

“We need to start the discussion from a different place,” McCaig wrote to Kitzhaber on April 7, 2014. “Mike [Bonetto] and I talked offline about Oracle—we’re leaning, regardless of which option, of announcing we’re going ‘after’ them.”

McCaig added in a May 19, 2014, email to Kitzhaber: “We need to show the taxpayers that we are going after the money. It doesn’t really matter if it is $200 million or $40 million, or how many people enrolled, until we make it clear that we’re going after the money.”

By mid-June, McCaig told Kitzhaber their Cover Oregon media strategy was working.

She was thrilled when the media lost interest in the story and didn’t bother to do their jobs anymore.

“Quite a week,” she wrote to him on June 13, “it wasn’t all about Cover Oregon. (FYI—no cameras at [Cover Oregon] board meeting and only 2 reporters, that’s great progress).”

And finally, the woman who had been doing the work of Oregon citizens, but was really a campaign aparatchik, got the word she needed from the man in office. He wrote this message to Patricia McCaig after a trip to the Pendleton Round Up where folks there can tell the real stuff from shinola:

No cheering crowds (but, then again, only one hiss), more horse shit that you can possibly imagine, highly efficient [fundraising] call time,” Kitzhaber wrote. “I can pay you now…really.”

 ‘I can pay you now’?

I’ll take a double order of conflict of interest, please. 

Go read the rest at Willamette Week, but I leave you with three comments on the WW’s story that tell the story of the learning curve of Oregon voters and show you the truth was always out there — you just had to find it for yourself:

Harley Leiber

Bringing McCaig on to smoke screen Cover Oregon to get re-elected was a slime bag move made by a desperate candidate hell bent on covering up the 3rd term dents to get to the “unprecedented 4th term.” Especially since she had no healthcare experience. That makes it 10 times worse.

kick box kitty

This is completely outrageous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Kitz was so happy to turn the whole thing over to her — because he had already screwed it up and didn’t know what to do next and had no time to work on it because he had to rush off to Bhutan or some other place other than his actual JOB

Why did it take so long to see Kitzhaber was inept? PERS, the Columbia River Bridge, CoverOregon and those goofy commercials? It’s why so many that are not liberal just shook their heads at his third and fourth terms.

Remember when John Kitzhaber

1) Faked heart attack when state was flooded in 1996 and Vera was filling sandbags

2) Said health care should have been reformed on state level rather than
federal after being feted regularly by “The Economist” for medical
rationing

3) Vetoed Secondary Lands bill in Washington Park in 1995. Governor threw
tantrum in front of WW II veterans and stormed off – later told press
he doesn’t “do public” well

4) Rip-rapped his own Neskowin beach house when others couldn’t protect their homes
5) Built on his 10 acres on Umpqua River when land was zoned Exclusive Forest use

6) Vetoed a record 100 bills in 1997 Oregon legislature
7) Refused to do interviews with media other than liberal media – even
though he said he changed for this latest campaign — really?
8) Fleeing scene of Biscuit Fire five minutes before President Bush arrives, and leaving Sen. Wyden alone and furious
9) Unable to get along with legislative leaders – including Secretary of State of his own party, Phil Keisling

10) Refused to attend National Governors Association meetings, which at the time included innovative governors such as Jeb Bush, Tommy Thompson, John Engler, Bill Weld. Why? Because Kitzhaber already had the answers

11) Went fishing after 9/11 for a week when country was in crisis
12) Wanted to tear down dams on Snake River and freaked out then-Washington Gov. Gary Locke

Yes, some of us do.

Kitzhaber Downfall: Environmental Hubris, Lack of Scrutiny and an Open Fly

This essay first appeared at the Political Vanguard website.

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Governor John Kitzhaber left office Wednesday. He resigned because he had broken an ethical contract with the people of Oregon and this time the official media actually bothered to report it.

Officially, the Oregon Democrat, who won an unprecedented fourth term of office in November, left under a stink of suspicion.

Kitzhaber’s under investigation by the Oregon State Attorney General’s Office, the state ethics commission and the FBI. Even the House Congressional Government Oversight Committee want a piece of him.

Unofficially, Oregon’s Governor was brought down by a his ego, environmental hubris, one party rule and an open fly.

The Governor’s fiancé, Cylvia Hayes,  whom Kitzhaber insisted the media (and everyone else) address as ‘Oregon’s First Lady’ (beginning well before he ‘put a ring on it’), is a woman by whom Kitzhaber is clearly wholly beguiled.

Hayes cajoled her boyfriend into using his office to advance her and her friends’ careers and arrogate grants and state (read: taxpayer) largesse to her.

Kitzhaber was eager to do it. He enlisted the help of his staff to make it happen. It turns out you might be able to do that if you’re just-some-guy with a hot, younger girlfriend, but not if you’re the Governor using other peoples’ money.

It wouldn’t be the first time Cylvia Hayes pulled the opportunistic grifter girlfriend act.

The woman with a degree from Washington state’s hippy-dippy Evergreen State College:

  • Once married an illegal alien for $5,000.00. She never bothered to tell her Governor boyfriend about the first of her three matrimonial unions.
  • Hayes talked an older boyfriend into buying property to plant an illegal pot farm. He claimed she took the lead on the plan.
  • As a 35 year old woman, she convinced an 81 year old man to loan her $40,000 as a down payment for a house and talked him into a trip to Paris.
  • She got another coot 20 years her senior to cover the loan from other old guy, pay her daily expenses and advance her career. His name is John Kitzhaber.

In fact, her biography is so tawdry and ignominious, the U.K. Daily Mail labeled her, ‘Oregon’s Shady First Lady.’

MailOnline has discovered she divorced her second husband, married an Ethiopian for a green card and went away with a lover all in matter of months.

Unfortunately for Kitzhaber, his kind of ‘help’ brought the scrutiny of law enforcement. And it could also put him –and her, due to her failure to report some of her ill gotten fees to the IRS — in matching orange jumpsuits.

Of course, most of this information was available before the November election. But this is Oregon.Despite Kitzhaber’s colossal biffing of the ‘OrBamaCare’ plan roll out, Cover Oregon, and a huge failed light rail program, both of which left Oregon’s taxpayers a half BILLION dollars in the hole,  Oregon went bluer in the last GOP tidal wave election.

Oregon, being a one-party state with a slavishly Democrat devoted media and less than robust GOP, hired back the jeans-wearing old guy.

Can you blame Kitzhaber for thinking he was bullet proof?

But, as the game show prize announcer man always says, ‘There’s more!’

The truth is, Kitzhaber let his grifter girlfriend get her way because they hold the same radical environmental views. He believed he would get cover from his fawning media, ironically whom he blamed for his fall from grace. He knew his fellow Democrats in the legislature would do his bidding and look the other way and indeed they did.

Until.

  • After it became known Kitzhaber asked his staff to destroy emails which, we now know, show his willingness to satiate his fiancé’s seemingly insatiable desire for more taxpayer money and power.
  • After the Feds and AG’s office said despite the Governor’s efforts to slow-roll document discovery under open records law, they’d investigate anyway.
  • After the election with the Democrat leitmotif firmly established, the daily (dying) newspaper of record called for Kitzhaber’s resignation.

The Secretary of State would take over.

Kate Brown, an even more radical environmentalist than Kitzhaber and his girlfriend, has now taken control of Oregon’s governor’s office. She has the added bonus of a being, as the LGBT community helpfully added mere moments after after Kitzhaber announced his intent to resign, the first ‘bi-sexual Governor’ ever, ever.

Now Democrats can continue the same — or worse — programs and plans without John Kitzhaber to kick around anymore.

Out of sight, out of mind. Change the subject.

Until … next time.

 

 

Via John Trudel: The Epic Fail Of King John (Kitzhaber)

Before there was King Barack Hussein Obama, there was Kitzhaber, King John of Oregon. But it’s the same story, writ small.

Shared by John Trudel, but written by one of his friends who wishes to remain anonymous.

Image Credit: The Oregonian
Image Credit: The Oregonian

Here is a great postmortem on the Epic Fail of King John’s Marxism in Oregon, just in. I hope there will soon be one written for the Epic Fail of King Obama’s Alinsky communism in America.

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV

Once again the immorality of the earth worshipers raises its evil head in Oregon as a Governor gets caught with his hand in the $olar cookie jar. Fortunately, thanks to the corruption of the Democrat Party activists in the state media they were able to divert his guilt long enough to get him re-elected for his 4th term beginning last month and keep the seat safe. Now they have a Stalinist in place of this Leninist who will maintain his graft and corruption schemes for another decade or two. Welcome to Moscow on the Willamette.

John Kitzhaber was Governor beginning twenty years ago when he used his Robert Redford looks to win the election after election with the ladies and maintained it then for two four year terms. He was as he called it a failed Governor taking the state from the middle of the pack to near the bottom in every category you could measure. His economic programs were to protect the spotted owl and closing state forests to proper management and running the lumber industry pretty much out of the state. Now those lumber towns have around a 30% unemployment rate with all of the drug, divorce and addiction issues that go along with them.

Once he completed his two terms he changed his occupation, but not his passion which was damaging the forest industry and renewable energy. During the eight year hiatus from Governor he struck up a relationship with another dirt worshiper who had a smalltime renewable energy company in Bend Oregon. Cylvia Hayes owned a pretty shaky operation from the start that specialized in solar energy. She has always been money hungry and even talked one of her boyfriends into investing into a pot growing operation that failed and nearly was arrested. She is an attractive woman who sells her assets to the highest bidder and when she met this John she saw a sugar daddy she could not pass up. He divorced his 2nd wife who he has a son with and they became a couple destined for the high lifestyle of Salem Oregon.

Once he regained the Governorship they became the consummate corrupt politicians. Using the smokescreen of Global Warming he began fleecing the state with a fury. Like all Dems in this state he thought he was being cute by funneling it through his spouse so he could keep his hands clean. She set herself up as a lobbyist while working out of the Governor’s office and even had business cards printed as the State First Lady even though they were simply shacking up. He was a huge proponent of solar and wind energy to protect mother earth and satisfy all of the dirt worshipers in Portlandia. These companies all lost money like Solyndra, but the Dems were able to deflect the blame from Kitzhaber since he was a Marxist just like them and needed to make Oregon more Marxist.

The interesting part of Oregon is that although it is considered a very liberal state, once you leave the twenty mile circumference of Portland the rest of the state is very conservative. Like most western states outside of California, the vast majority of the land mass is either independent or conservative it is simply overwhelmed by all of the gummit workers in P-Town.

The only reason they are able to maintain their Soviet model is the Repubs are so inept they cannot offer a decent alternative. This election they ran 120 year old man who tried to mirror Romney right down to being a Mormon who would not go on offense. He was so bad, like Romney in the final debate he was Mr. Nice and actually read his final statement of why he should be elected off his laptop. He couldn’t even come up with a reason why he was running so why should the voters.

So Kitzhaber sailed to victory, but a funny thing happened as they left the coronation, one of the communist rebel newspapers actually did its job. The Willamette Weekly which is the most liberal paper in the state was the only newspaper that stayed on the story through the entire campaign and forced the floundering Oregonian to cover parts of it. The shoes began to fall and then a boot fell out when it was reported his fiancée did not report $180,000 in fees from a renewable energy firm on her taxes. All of the sudden tax evasion became something even people in Portland could understand and then his attempts to destroy evidence was revealed and jail time became a real possibility so the Party deserted him and he had to resign.

This is the problem when you have Marxists in control of your state for thirty years. They are the party of relativism and hate the Bible with all of its antiquated rules. These are fundamental cultists of the earth which gives them a sense of well being, but no moral direction. They simply make it up as they go and cover every lie or theft with moral justification. This Party has been in power for so long they have written all of the rules and laws to maintain their control so he believed he was a protected class and would get away with it. The problem he ran into is he did not want to report her tax returns to the elections board and so they hid the income from the people, but that type of income is going to be reported on the other side and eventually will be revealed and was.

This is what happens when you do not have Christians or God leading your leaders’ lives. Oh they may look and sound cool with their Robert Redford mustache, hair and blue jeans, but under that façade is a lie. He had no problem leaving his wife and kid for a younger wife to match his youthful looks, since she was hot for him and why not? He was able to kick business her way since it was helping the environment or saving the earth. After a while he was saving the earth more and more while Oregonians were losing jobs and money in his boondoggles.

One windmill farm in Eastern Oregon cost Oregonians over fifty million dollars. Finally, he was making so much money in his little scratchy, scratchy system he could not launder the money fast enough and finally they were caught by the IRS. Now he is going to join some of his friends from big Chicago.

John Kitzhaber is the perfect symbol of a radical environmentalist. He worships a man god cult which all of the rules are made by man. He believes man is a god and he is godlike so he makes the rules. The problem is man is evil and will do things that are evil to satisfy the flesh. He of course is all about the environment and satisfying his needs which became more craven until he could not maintain his cravings for money and the hot younger wife. He believed his gods would satisfy and found they simply made him more and more empty, so now he is simply a hollow shell on his way to a very ugly trial. The Cinderella wedding and a final ride into the sunset have been upset by a collapsed bridge and a tumble into the Columbia.

God is good, all the time and all the time God is good in his time. So much of this godless Marxism is being exposed that there may be an opening for his power to be revealed to his second favorite land, America. Oregon is America starting to change and this small state is taking a huge step in that direction.

Pray America is waking

John Trudel is a high tech entrepreneur, writer and novelist and spends his time in Oregon and Arizona. He’s an unofficial member of the VictoriaTaft.com Blogforce. See what he’s working on at JohnTrudel.com 

Congress Wants Records on Kitzhaber’s Disastrous OrBamaCare Program

The House Governmental Oversight Committee wants failed Cover Oregon records.

Image Credit: Washington Post
Image Credit: Washington Post

From the Zero:

Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued to Kitzhaber’s office a wide-ranging demand for documents on Friday, the very day the governor announced he was resigning.

The letter cites a recent report that highlighted concerns sparked by a Kitzhaber staffer’s attempt to have thousands of emails inadvertently stored from the governor’s personal email account removed and deleted from state archives. A governor’s spokeswoman said the intent was to preserve emails that pertained to the public’s business, but not ones deemed personal.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s committee wants to make sure Kitzhaber isn’t trying to cover up what’s become known colloquially as the Cover-Up Oregon health plan. But here’s another angle on the story: Kitzhaber may have colluded to keep the Cover Oregon site down altogether, instead of constantly malfunctioning to help the Governor’s re-election campaign.

And a set of emails leaked to Willamette Week in November showed that McCaig directed meetings to discuss the content and timing of an advisory committee’s recommendation on Cover Oregon’s future. Three weeks later, the committee publicly recommended closing down the Oracle-built exchange and moving to the federal one.

Oracle has accused the state of shutting down the exchange to help Kitzhaber’s reelection campaign.

Friday was a very bad day for the Oregon chief executive. 

This Just Got Real: Feds Subpoena Kitzhaber and Cylvia

The Feds have subpoenaed ALL RECORDS–everything–having to do with Governor John Kitzhaber and girlfriend Cylvia Hayes’ green agenda.

Kitzhaber Cylvia kissing ABC

A federal probe is no joke. It just got real for Kitzhaber and Hayes. Along with the Oregon State Attorney General’s probe and an ethics probe (which is technically suspended while waiting for the resolution to the AG’s probe), the Federal probe can’t be managed by Kitzhaber, as he’s clearly tried to do in the others, as well as the media.

Here are the big take aways from news the Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney in Oregon has subpoenaed the soon-to-be former Governor and his girlfriend. Read the document for yourself below (HT Willamette Week).

  • The document seeks records on Oregon State credit cards to determine if Cylvia Hayes used them. 
  • It seeks all records–all–pertaining to Cylvia’s energy activity.
  • All visitor records at Mahonia Hall and at the Governor’s Office.
  • Hayes’ bids for government programs.

Here are more revelations and tid bits since Friday’s resignation announcement:

  • KXL reports Kitzhaber continued to demand his emails be destroyed AFTER the State Investigation was announced. This shows an arrogance and entitled attitude and a misunderstanding of the Oregon Public Records Law which covers even Kitzhaber’s ‘private’ emails– if he uses his email to do state business. Kitzhaber does.
  • KXL reports two attorneys inside the governor’s office APPROVED destroying the documents.
  • Willamette Week’s Nigel Jacquiss reports four layers of government refused to destroy the documents.
  • The Kitzhaber demand to destroy documents came the DAY BEFORE he was to meet with the Attorney General, presumably to attempt to head off her investigation. 
  • KXL and Willamette Week report Kitzhaber just tried AGAIN LAST WEEK to get his emails destroyed. It is against the law to destroy documents if you think they’ll be used in an investigation.

In short, he’s in trouble. Check out the subpoena.

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#KitzOver #QuitzHaber: Reaction to Kitzhaber Resignation

Official reaction. Not so official reaction. And the crazy.

Image Credit: Twitter
Image Credit: Twitter

Dragon Slayers

Cascade Policy’s founder, Steve Buckstein, puts it succinctly

Oh, Nice, that’s not nice! But ya know she’s right:

Truth

Pow

Today’s not the day, boys.

KGW notes the memes have begun:

Oregon’s one party rule comes up in this meme:

Premature e-celebration:

And I just had to add this one because this guy exploited the trending topic just like Cylvia Hayes exploited her boyfriend and John Kitzhaber exploited his job title.

And this guy did too, but it’s the only time you’ll see Kitzhaber in the same meme with ‘Kardashian’ and ‘Kanye’.

KITZHABER ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION

John Kitzhaber will retire on Wednesday of next week.

I do solemnly swear that I've been up to no good. Image Credit: The Oregonian
I do solemnly swear that I’ve been up to no good.
Image Credit: The Oregonian

Here’s his petulant letter released today.

I am announcing today that I will resign as Governor of the State of Oregon.

It is not in my nature to walk away from a job I have undertaken – it is to stand and fight for the cause. For that reason I apologize to all those people who gave of their faith, time, energy and resources to elect me to a fourth term last year and who have supported me over the past three decades. I promise you that I will continue to pursue our shared goals and our common cause in another venue.

I must also say that it is deeply troubling to me to realize that we have come to a place in the history of this great state of ours where a person can be charged, tried, convicted and sentenced by the media with no due process and no independent verification of the allegations involved. But even more troubling – and on a very personal level as someone who has given 35 years of public service to Oregon – is that so many of my former allies in common cause have been willing to simply accept this judgment at its face value.

It is something that is hard for me to comprehend – something we might expect in Washington, D.C. but surely not in Oregon. I do not know what it means for our shared future but I do know that it is seriously undermining civic engagement in this state and the quality of the public discourse that once made Oregon stand out from the pack.

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. As a former presiding officer I fully understand the reasons for which I have been asked to resign. I wish Speaker Kotek and President Courtney and their colleagues on both sides of the aisle success in this legislative session and beyond. And I hope that they are truly committed to carrying forward the spirit of bipartisanship and collaboration that has marked the last four years in Oregon.

In 1968 I was inspired to commit my life to public service by the last campaign of Robert Kennedy. Forty-one years ago I started work as an emergency room doctor in Roseburg with a goal to make life better for those in my care. Ever since then, I have sought to keep that focus by trying to make things better for the people and the communities of this state that I love. I have had the extraordinary privilege of pursuing that work as a State Representative, State Senator, Senate President and as your Governor.

Over those years, I have had the honor to be a part of some remarkable achievements.

We responded to the worst recession and financial crisis since the Great Depression by rebuilding an Oregon economy that has added jobs and vitality in many regions of our state. And, unlike many other parts of our nation, we did it together with cooperation and respect for Oregon and for each other.

We successfully defended Oregon’s spectacular natural heritage of clean water, clean air, forests, farmland and special places. We created the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds and nearly 90 watershed councils.

We have also found ways to support our rural communities and to create jobs in our natural resources industries while enhancing the environment.

When forces of intolerance sought to divide us we stood up for the principal that every Oregonian deserves respect and basic rights – including the right to choose and the right to marry the person we love.

And I am proud that Oregon has not invoked the death penalty during my last four years on the watch.

We have stood by our working men and women steadfastly supporting collective bargaining and the right to form a union.

We have transformed our health care system, improving access and quality while lowering costs through our new Coordinated Care Organizations. Tonight over 95 percent of Oregonians will go to bed knowing that they have health insurance coverage. We did that together.

In a three-day special session we reformed our public pension system, provided tax relief to small businesses and raised new revenue for mental health and for public education — the foundation of our future.

We have passionately pursued the goal of equity and opportunity – especially for those Oregonians who have been left behind: communities of color, English language learners and those in poverty, those in the rural parts of our state, the very young and the very old.

We have laid the groundwork for eliminating the achievement gap and ensuring that over 90 percent of our children could be reading at level in 3rd grade within five years.

And we are poised to reach agreements that will resolve the century-old water crisis in the Klamath Basin and expand irrigated agriculture in the Umatilla.

As important as what we have accomplished – how we have accomplished it is perhaps even more important. We have had a great tradition of overcoming partisan differences in this state and doing what is right for Oregon. That tradition had faltered, but over the past four years we have rebuilt a functional political center, reaching across party lines to do difficult, important things by reducing polarization and building community to help right the ship and chart a better course for our future.

I ran for a fourth term as your governor to continue that progress. But the questions that have been raised about my administration – specifically allegations against me concerning the work done by my fiancé Cylvia Hayes and the contracts she obtained during my last term – and the escalating media frenzy that has stemmed from this – has clearly reached the point of no return.

I am confident that I have not broken any laws nor taken any actions that were dishonest or dishonorable in their intent or outcome. That is why I asked both the Ethics Commission and the Attorney General to take a full and comprehensive look at my actions – and I will continue to fully cooperate with those ongoing efforts. I am equally confident that once they have been concluded Oregonians will see that I have never put anything before my love for and commitment to Oregon and faithfully fulfilling the responsibilities of the public offices I have held

But it is also clear that this process will take months.

I have always had the deepest respect for the remarkable institution that is the Oregon Legislature; and for the office of the Governor. And I cannot in good conscience continue to be the element that undermines it. I have always tried to do the right thing and now the right thing to do is to step aside.

One thing I hope people know about me is that I love this state and its people, its rivers, its mountains and its landscapes with every fiber of my being. It is because of that love that I tender my resignation as Governor, effective at 10 a.m. on February 18, 2015. Secretary of State Kate Brown will take the oath of office as Oregon’s Governor at that time. Oregon will be in good hands and I wish her well.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you and our state. It has been the honor of my life. And I believe I can say that looking back over those years we have left it better than we found it.

From KPTV

The National Media Start Connecting the Kitzhaber Data Points

The national media begin paying closer attention to the Kitzhaber Steyer connection.

I do solemnly swear that I've been up to no good. Image Credit: The Oregonian
I do solemnly swear that I’ve been up to no good.
Image Credit: The Oregonian

HT Andy from Beaverton

From the Washington Times in a piece about the Democrats’ latest green energy scandal:

Mr. Steyer, Mr. Kitzhaber and Ms. Hayes appeared together at an environmental dinner in November 2013 celebrating environmental accomplishments in the West. Mr. Steyer has given $100,000 to the Oregon Democratic Party through his NextGen Climate Action political movement.

Mr. Steyer’s office did not return repeated emails seeking comment. A San Francisco-based hedge fund manager, the billionaire environmentalist was a fundraising bundler for both of Mr. Obama’s presidential races and a heavy supporter of Democratic causes across the country.

Jenny Coyle, communications manager for the Energy Foundation, told The Times that the foundation provided the Clean Economy Development Center $50,000 in 2011 and $25,000 in 2012 for the fellowship program in which Ms. Hayes participated. She was the center’s only fellow.

And this tells you what you need to know about she has traded on her position as ‘Oregon’s First Lady’:

Although Ms. Hayes has been removed from Mr. Kitzhaber’s official website as “Oregon’s First Lady,” she still uses the title in her bio on her consulting firm’s website.

The national media are alert to the seriousness of the scandal now. KGW has done a sampling of the national media reaction to the Kitzhaber-Hayes influence peddling scandal. Here’s a sample:

From the Washington Post:

“The governor is pretty clearly holding onto his career by a thread.”

From The Atlantic:

“Just blame the first lady.”

“How does Kitzhaber get off blaming Hayes? After all, he’s a four-term governor of the state, and must have had some understanding of the ethical issues involved. Asked by a reporter if he was “blinded by love,” Kitzhaber did say his eyes were “wide open,” but he also seemed to distance himself from the controversy, saying Hayes is “an independent woman” and announcing her de facto banishment from the government. 

From The New York Times:

“[Energy-related] issues have long been a priority of Mr. Kitzhaber’s administration, but now they are bound up in, and perhaps undermined by, questions of whether love and politics got too cozy in the governor’s mansion. 

More later.

 

Kitzhaber In Disarray. Reporters and Cops Swarm His SW Portland House.

It started hours ago. Reporters and later a phalanx of cops began swarming John Kitzhaber’s Southwest Portland home.

KATU reporter Kyle Iboshi seemed to be taking point on the stake out.

Then he started counting cop cars.

And counted:

Then came the State Police security detail:

And more cops:

The cops did a valet shuffle:

And the Governor’s still not home.

BOOM: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Ordered His Emails DESTROYED In Advance of Investigation

On the same day Legislative leaders–both Democrats– called for embattled Governor’s resignation, comes a block buster story about Kitzhaber office ordering destruction of records.

I do solemnly swear that I've been up to no good. Image Credit: The Oregonian
I do solemnly swear that I’ve been up to no good.
Image Credit: The Oregonian

As KINK’s Sheila Hamilton said today on the Lars Larson Show,

This is the smoking gun. This is the smoking gun.

From the story  broken by KINK, KXL and Willamette Week:

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office last week requested state officials destroy thousands of records in the governor’s personal email accounts, according to records obtained by WWand 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL.

The request came as investigations into allegations of influence-peddling involving Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes were intensifying.Records show the request to destroy Kitzhaber’s emails came from Jan Murdock, Kitzhaber’s executive assistant. She wanted all emails from Kitzhaber’s personal email accounts removed from state servers.The request from Murdock was described in a Feb. 5 email. “Governor’s office wants anything that is in the email account [Kitzhaber’s account] removed from archive,” wrote Tracy Osburn, a field technician in the DAS Technology Support Center, wrote in the email obtained by WWand 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL.

And there’s more: 

The request from Murdock was described in a Feb. 5 email. “Governor’s office wants anything that is in the email account [Kitzhaber’s account] removed from archive,” wrote Tracy Osburn, a field technician in the DAS Technology Support Center, wrote in the email obtained by WWand 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL.Personal emails of public officials can be subject to the state’s open records laws if they are used to discuss public business. Earlier documents previously released by the governor’s office show Kitzhaber used both his personal and state email accounts to communicate with his aides and discuss state business.

More later.

Murdock’s got nothing on Rosemary Woods. 

Meow: Cylvia Hayes and Her Kitty Cats Thought They Were Part of Kitzhaber ‘House Hold’

Did Governor Kitzhaber himself financially gain by directing lucrative contracts to Cylvia Hayes?

I do solemnly swear that I've been up to no good. Image Credit: The Oregonian
I do solemnly swear that I’ve been up to no good.
Image Credit: The Oregonian

That’s the main legal issue this graft, corruption and influence peddling case boils down to. If Cylvia Hayes were part of his household, then John Kitzhaber would personally benefit from the contracts Kitzhaber and his staff sent her way.

So, is (or was) she part of his household when the alleged illegalities occurred? Before they were accused of being crooks, the answer was yes. After scrutiny, Kitzhaber cast doubt on his previous claims. 

Note the Kitzhaber ‘meaning of ‘is’ is’ moment at the Governor’s recent news conference.

Let’s go over what we know.

  • He insisted we call her the ‘First Lady.’
  • Hayes was gifted with branding of First Lady on government websites and allowed to use the title for personal gain in her professional life.
  • He ensconced her at the Governor’s mansion and counted her as part of his household for years. 
  • She kept her animals at Mahonia Hall even though she still held onto her Bend home.

Let’s go over real questions of whether she was legally part of his household. Some of these statements are from professionals who deal with these kinds of questions frequently.

  • The definition of ‘household’ is in a gray area. 
  • Which house is Hayes’s or Kitzhaber’s primary residence, vacation home, who gets a deduction for which place, etc., is key.
  • The governor may legally have an out on this when it comes to the SEI ethics filings. It is ambiguously applied. The problem is that Kitzhaber has claimed Hayes as part of his household in other applications, but is now suggesting “except in the case of the application of any ethics’ laws”. 
  • She might technically be a transitory member of his household and therefore arguably not a member. 

Of course the public questions about whether Hayes was a member of the household came only after investigators’ big beams of scrutiny penetrated the forcefield of Mahonia Hall. It was then Governor Kitzhaber did his best ‘hummmmina hummina hummina act and pretended not to know if Cylvia Hayes really was a member of his household.

He was, in effect, taking his trango barracuda and slicing that rope leaving her to swing from her own anchor.

Whoa, watch those wind gusts, Cylvia.

Well of course, she was never any lady and she certainly wasn’t first. John Kitzhaber did what he had to do: Say he loved his obviously unethical, greedy, grifter girlfriend while technically trying to cut her loose from his quickly troubling legal case.

Would that the Governor have cut loose Cylvia’s ideas of graft and influence peddling when they started.

 

Rumor: Kitzhaber to Resign

Willamette Week reports Secretary of State Kate Brown is rushing back to take helm following reputed Kitzhaber resignation.

I do solemnly swear that I've been up to no good. Image Credit: The Oregonian
I do solemnly swear that I’ve been up to no good.
Image Credit: The Oregonian

Willamette Week reports the Secretary of State dropped everything–including a speaking engagement in Washington DC– and is now quickly returning back to Oregon. Kitzhaber’s planned tree planting for the Oregon Birthday on February 14th has been canceled. Both stories are fueling speculation of John Kitzhaber’s pending resignation. 

From Willamette Week:

Her unexpected return from an east-coast conference of secretaries of state comes as Gov. John Kitzhaber is under intense pressure over an influence-peddling scandal involving himself and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. 

Kitzhaber and Hayes are the subject of a criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice and the FBI.

Brown would become governor if Kitzhaber resigns. WW examined her potential succession in today’s paper.

As Lars Larson puts it, “He’s chosen his girlfriend over the job.”

But let’s not go all King Edward II on this. Cylvia Hayes is no better than Wallis Simpson–in fact has less class, but let’s not fool ourselves here: John Kitzhaber is doing nothing noble by quitting now. He’s the walking advertising for ignobility. I would have had more respect for him if he’d come clean before the election.

More later.