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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.

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. 

Pete the Banker: Outrage Builds Over Gruber’s ObamaCare Lies

 ObamaCare Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Recently disclosed statements by the Administrations point man on the Affordable Care Act, Jonathan Gruber, are reminiscent of the Jack Nicholson phrase in the movie a “A Few Good Men”, “You can’t handle the truth”!
Image: Pundit From Another Planet
Image: Pundit From Another Planet
 
Jonathan Gruber was the architect of Romney Care in Mass, the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act, as well as a paid contractor who served as an implementer and spokesman for the ACA under a $400K contract.  And now, according to the Washington Times, we discover Gruber made MILLIONS lying to the American public:
 
Those “stupid” people have been extremely generous to Mr. Gruber. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2010 investigated the $297,600 that the Department of Health and Human Services paid Mr. Gruber to sing the praises of the health care scheme.

Minnesota, for example, used federal Obamacare grants to pay Mr. Gruber to attend one meeting, participate in a biweekly email list and print a copy of the report, all for $329,000. Wisconsin paid Mr. Gruber $400,000 for the same material, requested by the office of then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. When the report was presented, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, didn’t want Mr. Gruber at the news conference. Vermont is paying him another $400,000. Such a deal!

West Virginia, Maine, Colorado and Oregon have partaken of Mr. Gruber’s services, too, guaranteeing him a tidy sum. The money bought lies and deception. That’s Mr. Gruber’s characterization, not ours. “If you had a law which made it explicit that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people get money,” said Mr. Gruber, “it would not have passed.”

Additionally, Gruber filed a Friend-of-the-Court-Brief defending the ACA in defense of the Administration’s position before the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This case is now pending appeal before the Supreme Court.
 
His comments reflect the ultimate deception of the ACA,
Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass…
Remember the Nancy Pelosi statement during the ACA debate, “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”

But rest assured, Nancy says she has never heard of Gruber; just ask her.

Deception, lack of transparency are truly the foundation of the ACA.
 

Oops, except she has:

Gruber’s subsequent “apology” was,
 
The comments on that video were made at an academic conference.I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.

Note that his selection of words in his alleged “apology” suggest he apologizes for the comments, but not about the central ideas he espouses. Nuanced indeed.  When further pressed to elaborate on his response, he then launched into a tangential argument spinning blame on the Bush and prior Administrations for their lack of transparency.  An obvious deflection again intended to mask his true beliefs.

Since the release of this first tape, two more videos (and now another) have emerged verifying that the first tape was not a single incident, nor a one time slip of tongue, but a strongly held conviction.  Gruber again,

And again,

One more time(?),


But then, he is sorry for the comments?!?

And at a subsequent interview, Gruber has had the audacity to claim Republicans were confusing people??  He stated,

I think that this comes to the master strategy of the Republican party, which is to confuse people enough about the law so that they don’t understand that the subsidies they’re getting is because of the law.

Rather amusing that Gruber who admits “lack of transparency” and blames Americans for stupidity, then has the audacity to blame the bill’s opponents for confusing people?!  Perhaps this latest assertion will become the introductory statement in his next speaking engagement.

The promise of transparency has been the hallmark promise of Obama’s Administration from day one, comparable to Ulysses version of sea nymph sirens whose beguiling and enticing songs rendered his crew defenseless. The incessant chant of “transparency” parroted by both Obama himself and his Administration have mesmerized hard working Americans to believe that all their problems and in this case all their medical issues will be forever resolved. Among other instances, these melodic chants were introduced with the 2009 call to transparency:

reinforced by a 2010 promise, 

and who can forget the more recent Google Fireside Hangout Obama assertion in 2012 that, 
This is the most transparent administration in history.
And Obama’s White House Website itself repeats this pledge,
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
Interesting that   while the Administration gave lip service to the concept of transparency, it eagerly embraced deception to pass ObamaCare.
 
Americans who accepted the Administration’s and the Democrat’s  promises assuring them that the ACA would reduce medical costs, prevent accelerating insurance costs, improving the quality of health care, all while allowing them to keep their existing insurance, doctor, and hospital access were beguiled.  Those melodic promises of the ACA’s architects were nothing more than a cruel illusion perpetrated on hard working, decent Americans, guilty of only trusting elected representatives and not stupidity.

How DARE you, Lars Larson! Blowback from complaint filed over union PSA with Kitzhaber.

At issue is the Portland fire fighters’ public service announcement featuring Democrat John Kitzhaber within 90 days of election

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 11.45.37 PM Lars Larson! How DARE you pick on Governor John Kitzhaber for only doing what was best for the people! How dare you upbraid St. John and our first responders for doing a GOOD thing! How cynical must a person be to see political posturing in a public service announcement. You’re filing a complaint over a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, for crying out loud. And YOU, Lars Larson, are personally responsible for cheapening what was only meant to be outreach to people to SAVE LIVES! You must be AGAINST SAVING LIVES, Lars Larson! You are in favor of LETTING PEOPLE DIE, Lars Larson. 

From the comments in Willamette Week on the elections complaint filed by Larson over the video PSA featuring Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber (See my previous post here), Ed in Portland writes,

So, let me understand. Are all elected officials to refrain from doing something good, or doing something that might get them seen during an election season? Heaven forbid our elected officials participate in a PSA message that could save lives!

I don’t see anything overtly political here from the fire dept. They don’t discuss the campaign or issues at all. The only way there is a direct connection to Kitzhaber is if you already know that he did CPR recently. So anyone who makes the connection already knew the connection. Lars Larson stupidly gives Kitzhaber more publicity with this complaint.

Yawn.

Hey, “Ed in Portland”, are you done flapping your jaws yet?

It is especially rich from the likes of Ed that he’s concerned Kitzhaber would “refrain from doing something good” because of the talk show host’s complaint the union PSA gave Kitzhaber a nice, possibly illegal, spiff 90 days before an election.

Geez, Ed, where were you for hand off when Kitzhaber spent BILLIONS on Common Core, OrBamaCare, Columbia River Crossing and screwed everything up due to his spectacularly vacant management? Were you concerned that his screw ups would cause him to “refrain from doing something good”? I don’t think Dr Do Over has refrained in the least from doing what the far left thinks is “doing something good.” Unfortunately, “doing something good”, Ed, is hella expensive! Especially so when it’s a spectacular failure! Remember Rocky King and Rudy Crews, Ed? 

Ed, you’re so willing to think the worst of Lars’s motivations. Do you think Democrats incapable of using their base to further their political ambitions? What are you, Ed, 8 years old? Do you think your inbox is full of MoveOn.org, DCCC and Obama emails because they just want to know if you’re over your case of the sniffles or because all those groups works together to tell you what to think? Plus, it’s OREGON for crying out loud, Ed. One party rule. Incompetence and cover up are constants. And it’s you knuckle heads who keep covering for Dr. Do Over. 

Ed, you claim the PSA, “[doesn’t] discuss the campaign or issues at all.” Calvin Klein, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, Milk, Microsoft and Apple don’t say, “vote for me”, Ed. They sell an idea and an image. They sell prestige. They sell the idea that their product is associated with cool. Like, ya know, an old rhinestone cowboy with a mullet standing next to the people who, oh, I dunno, have the reputation for saving lives on 9/11 for instance. Do you think that might give people a generally favorable impression of the Governor, Ed? A governor who’s doing poorly in the polls and who has misspent billions of tax dollars in an ever impoverished state–thanks in large part to his programs, killed jobs and put Oregon in the crapper in economic growth? 

Do you think it might have an impact, Ed? 

Of course you don’t. 

How DARE you, Lars Larson!

Poll: 55% Oregonians want Democrat Kitzhaber replaced; Richardson pulls to dead heat.

Without friendly media giving Kitzhaber the usual Democrat discount, Governor continues slide. kitzhabermediameltdownRichardson pulls within 2% in a poll with a +/- 3.95%

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is continuing his favorability slide with Oregon voters even within his own base, according to a new poll of registered, likely voters. The poll was commissioned by the Oregon Taxpayers Association and performed by public affairs firm Wentzel Strategies based in Ohio. The phone poll of 607 likely voters was taken between May 29-June 1. The poll showed the third term governor’s favorability has slid six points in the last month compared to an OPB poll taken last month.  While the sample group was smaller and skewed slightly older, perhaps from not including cell phone users, it contained some very encouraging news for Kitzhaber’s younger challenger Dennis Richardson. The poll indicated the Republican has pulled to within two points of Kitzhaber. When the margin for error is taken into consideration, Kitzhaber’s advantage is erased.  Among the eye opening revelations:

47.8% claim Oregon is going in the wrong direction

55% said Kitzhaber should be replaced.

56% said Kitzhaber was doing only a fair or poor job

Who are these people? 

52% voted to give Kitzhaber his current third term.

47% identified themselves as liberal or moderate.

Taxpayers Association PAC Director Jason Williams said Kitzhaber has no one to blame but his own horrible job performance, including the Covered Oregon and education department debacles.

The spike of Kitzhaber negativity can be directly attributed to a recent string of bad news national in scope over Oregon’s performance, for what we are calling the 100 Days Media Meltdown. In the past 100 days, there have been seven colossal Oregon failures stories, with many of these headlines carrying a national perspective– 55% Oregon voters want him replaced!

I’ll be mining more info from this poll soon, but this poll should be a real Kitzhaber wake up call. Problem is, he has such a string of media reported leadership disasters, I wonder if he can do anything to reverse the perception of his disasters. 

Cover Oregon to spend another $1 mil to advertise program that doesn’t work

After the disastrous roll out, they didn't spend money advertising the disastrous product.
After the disastrous roll out of this product, they didn’t spend money to advertise it.

 *This post has been changed to reflect a change in  the person previously mentioned was a “friend.” That person has asked me to change the information so that they are not targeted because they’re friends with a conservative.  I’ve changed the reference to protect them.*

The OrBamaCare–Cover Oregon–website doesn’t work, but state spends another million to advertise extended deadline and tout success. Alas, ‘success’ doesn’t describe friend’s experience.

Cover Oregon’s executives have been summarily fired or “let go” because the OrBamaCare program and its website don’t work. At all. But that isn’t stopping the state from spending another $1 million to advertise extra time to sign up for a program that doesn’t work. That’s $9.3 million in all for the ad budget (that we know of). I’m sure the taxpayers couldn’t have found a higher and better use for that money had they been allowed to keep it in the first place.

I’ve never heard of Ben Gay Aspirin. Nobody has. It sucked, that’s why. The Ben Gay people didn’t say in the marketing meeting, ‘Hey, well, it’s an utter disaster, so let’s spend more money to tout what a disaster it is.’ Whatever happened to WebTV, anyway Microsoft? Seen any advertising for that lately? New Coke was a disaster. When it died Coke didn’t spend more money advertising how Bic underweardisastrous it was. Bic underwear? Bic underwear? 

But disastrous product rollouts be damned when it comes to government spending other peoples’ money!  The new web, TV and online campaign tells of the successes of OrBamaCare recipients and how, the program is such a success they’re giving you more time to sign up! The success stories of “Ron”, “Gilberto”, “Judy”, “Amy”, “Katrina”, “Cory and Doris”, “Bayo” and “Andrea” seem to contrast with hundreds of thousands of other Oregonians who haven’t been able to sign up–including my acquaintance, who will remain unnamed.

The unnamed woman emailed me to tell me her story. In short it goes something like this:

She tried to sign up for OrBamaCare online.

She thought it worked.

She was told she had insurance.

The state screwed up her info.

It didn’t work.

She kept trying by herself.

It didn’t work.

Then she called and got a “community agent” or “navigator” to get signed up online. 

She was told she had insurance.

It didn’t work.

She called again.

She was told she had insurance.

Now she doesn’t believe them.

Apparently, this is success worth advertising.

Because the website is a disaster and doesn’t work, Cover Oregon says the only way you can sign up for OrBamaCare is to go online and find a “community agent” who has the double-secret-probation-prime-directive-password. Cover Oregon helpfully suggested a place to go online to get said “community agent.” This is what I got.

Cover Oregon website oops

“Accident”? Oregon’s illegal alien “Carnivals of Crime” are back, offering health insurance and dancing girls.

It's a family gathering conference!
It’s a family gathering conference!

Dancing girls, driver’s licenses, health insurance, free food and information on Common Core were offered exclusively in Spanish at a local Portland school Saturday. The party like event for las familias, signals the return of what we used to call, “Carnivals of Crime” for illegal aliens. With the ‘revelation’ that illegal aliens have been ‘accidentally’ signed up for OrBamaCare, these kind of events once again take on added importance.

Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant attended the Saturday event. See his video below. 

The state of Oregon used to regularly offer these party-like events to offer Spanish speaking folks in Oregon (some of whom were legally here and some who were not), free stuff–including food stamps, medicaid and welfare. They ended when Oregonians for Immigration Reform outed the practice–

Adorable little dancers.
Adorable little dancers.

embarrassing state officials who were then excoriated for giving out hard earned American tax dollars to law breakers.

While there’s no doubt the Obama recession has caused many illegal aliens to head back to their home countries, it’s also true many illegal aliens have stayed in Oregon. It’s no “accident” that Cover Oregon and other state programs have attempted to sign them up.

Whistleblower status to be given to Cover Oregon workers

This could get interesting.

orbamacare singer start talking

In the last paragraph of a story about tax credits being given to people who can’t get health insurance due to the mismanagement and hamfistedness of the governor and the people he put in charge of the Cover Oregon website, there’s this little nugget,

The bill [HB 4154] also extends whistle-blower protection to Cover Oregon employees and specifies the governor’s authority to remove board members.

Whistleblower statutes cover people who work for the state and federal governments. They accord them protection from retribution for speaking out about government waste, fraud, illegality, unethical behavior and other problems. It seems to me there should be plenty of people talking now.

As I pointed out here, here, here, here, Governor John Kitzhaber and the people he charged with Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare–aren’t talking. In fact, they’ve sicced security on people with temerity to ask questions. 

Maybe if workers have whistleblower status we’ll finally get some answers. 

Cover Oregon to We the People: No comment

No comment from ‘public servants’ as 100 programmers from OrBamaCare website are sent home.

orbamacare singer no comment

Maybe it’s a sign things are getting better, but somehow I doubt it. Cover Oregon’s –OrBamaCare–website is STILL officially the worst state run system in the nation, after all. 

The Zero reports Cover Oregon’s main contractor, Oracle, has sent home 100 of its programmers, leaving 65 in place. The website has never worked for the bill-paying-public though reportedly a beta system has allowed state workers to enroll 700 people, according to the Oregonian. 

But what’s really going on? What do all of these moves mean?

Exchange acting director Bruce Goldberg did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.

No comment.

There’s been no update to that response that I can find. 

The governor has run out on interviews when the questions got too hard, run from questions from Citizen Journalists, had his security keep Citizen Journalists away from him so he couldn’t hear their questions, and had his security team visit the home of a reporter to intimidate him from asking questions. In short: Oregon gets a big “no comment” and worse, abject contempt. 

The public is purposely kept in the dark because of the contemptuous way the Kitzhaber regime treats Oregonians. Maybe this guy has the right idea: pull the plug.

Kitzhaber’s contempt

john kitzhaber negative The Oregon governor’s dodging of Cover Oregon questions reveals a contempt for Oregonians that has been present for years.

Beneath John Kitzhaber’s trademark blue jeans is some very thin skin. 

Oregonians seldom if ever have been granted a glimpse of the petulant side of the governor. That is until his fanboys and the media became unable to hide it when his OrBamaCare plan blew up; until his apparent incompetence and alleged criminality in the Cover Oregon roll out became uncovered. 

People are rightly upset over Governor Chris Christie’s administration halting traffic on a New Jersey bridge which messed with peoples’ lives. It was an act of political corruption. John Kitzhaber and the Democrats have been doing stuff like that for decades. The result? The media marvel at their ability to lead.

Kitzhaber’s proposals have always been treated as received wisdom to the Willamette Valley media no matter how radical and idiotic the plan.

The Kitzhaber blue print goes something like this: The governor borrows or gives birth to a cockamamie idea, gives a speech at some confab such as the Aspen Institute where several people nod and wag their tails, and poof: Oregon has Outcome Based Education and rationed medicaid complete with taxpayer paid sex change operations. Need to find money for the reviled hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-a-mile light rail? Fix it so that dedicated road repair gas tax funds are used. Did those pesky voters approve property rights initiatives? Get your law fare friends to undermine it while you don’t put up a fight. How about putting a school czar in charge of education and booting out the duly elected superintendent? No problem. Create an overwhelming sense of inevitability for your proposals, be overtly mocking and contemptuous of those who disagree, and watch the gullible follow. That’s the way it works in a one party state covered by a one party media. 

But with the collapse of Kitzhaber’s political holy grail, OrBamaCare, his Teflon Wranglers are showing signs of wear and his bedimmed halo casts his mullet in muddled shadow. Even the devout genuflect less before the licked cowboy boots of St. John. 

Recently, the country has been regaled with tales of Governor Kitzhaber bolting from an interview with KATU which he’d already been dodging for weeks. The reporter had the temerity to ask about problems with the Cover Oregon website. See the story here.

The same reporter had another interview with the Governor cancelled at the last minute. KATU’s Hillary Lake wanted to ask about Kitzhaber’s representations about when he knew there was trouble with Cover Oregon and why he ignored dozens of monthly reports showing red flags with the program and the new allegations of criminal fraud with the program. See the story here.

But this contempt for political foes, of which this reporter now reluctantly becomes, is par for the course for the thin skinned governor. At least Lake didn’t have one of Kitzhaber’s goons confront her at her home, or punch her in the nose, or physically prevent her from asking a question of the governor. But those things have happened to others.

  • Just last week, while Kitzhaber testified at a hearing on an anti gun bill, his security detail hovered over and stared down a citizen who objected to out-of-state anti gun activist Mark Kelly testifying in favor of the bill (more on that in a nearby post with must-see video from Laughing at Liberals). 
  • When Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant tried to ask Governor Kitzhaber a question about firing the head of Cover Oregon well before anyone had thought to ask, he was verbally stiff armed by the Kitzhaber security detail. See that story here.  
  • Soon after, a member of Governor Kitzhaber’s security detail attempted to intimidate Daylight Disinfectant by confronting him as he arrived at his home. When he queried of the armed officer whether some law had been broken and received a negative answer, the reporter took his leave.
  • When Kitzhaber went to a public event, the governor’s security detail attempted to block the governor from any questions by Citizen Journalists Daylight Disinfectant and Laughing at Liberals. Find both examples (with video) here.
  • During his latest run for Governor, Kitzhaber’s buddies punched out Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant for refusing to stop recording at what was advertised as an open (and televised) campaign event. See the story here.

You may take issue with the in-your-face impertinence the Citizen Journalists, but impertinence is not against the law. Just ask CBS’s 60 Minutes. 

Now the mainstream media –and by extension, you–know exactly in what contempt the Governor of Oregon holds you. He was hoping you wouldn’t notice. It is up to you, therefore, to get to the root problem of the corruption in Cover Oregon.

Kitzhaber: Personnel is policy. Explain why your aide lied to you about OrBamaCare warning from State Rep and what you’re doing about it.

orbamacare kitz two shotGovernor Kitzhaber may think he got yanked from his interview with a KATU reporter just in time yesterday, but all he succeeded in doing was raising more questions about what he knew of the Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare–fail and when he knew it. The episode also reveals in what contempt the governor and his aides hold the people–especially those who don’t agree with him. 

Oregon media must hold Kitzhaber to account now before the “investigation” gets underway and Kitzhaber can hide behind the “I can’t comment on anything under investigation” blind. Lawyers are currently pouring over the contract with Oracle over its disastrous software glitches. In terms of an investigation into the (lack of) management, Kitzhaber ordering an investigation of his mistakes in the rollout of OrBamaCare is like a kid with chocolate smudged all over his face telling his mother he’s ordered an investigation into the empty cookie jar. 

KATU reporter Hillary Lake had this exchange with the Governor, questioning him about a warning from then- State Rep Patrick Sheehan back in 2012 outlining reasons why the Cover Oregon IT chief should be sacked. 

HL: You knew about those red flags or your office knew about the red flags specifically about Carolyn Lawson and people calling for her to be let go far before she resigned.

Kitzhaber: Well, I knew about the problems in uh late October is when I first learned about the problems.

HL: We have an email from Represenative Patrick Sheehan that went to you and he encourage you at the end of 2012 to let her go.

Kitzhaber: It may have come to my office but I didn’t see it.

Kitzhaber was yanked out of the interview before she could continue her entirely appropriate questioning.  See the awkwardness at 2:40 in the interview below:

Republican legislative leader Julie Parrish tweeted out her skepticism about Kitzhaber’s scaredy cat exit, alluding to Governor Chris Christie’s nearly two hour long presser about the allegedly politically motivated bridge closing.

Here are more questions that need to be answered:

How did you find out about Patrick Sheehan’s letter? Who told you about it? When?

What did you do when you discovered your employee failed to tell you about Sheehan’s letter?

Why would your underling feel it was appropriate to disregard this information? Why? 

Is there a policy to disregard House oversight suggestions? Or just Republican members?

At what point have you taken any suggestion proffered by legislative oversight members?

Why did your underling believe it appropriate to ignore questions from a committee tasked with overseeing this program?

Are there any more warnings you’ve now become aware of that were hidden from you by your underling/s?

Would you make public those communications?

What have you done to the aides at your office who did not disclose the letter? Have they been fired or reassigned? 

 

OrBamaCare robocalls Oregonians: You’re now Un-Covered, Oregon

The indignities of Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare–continue apace. First, the government bobbleheads smuggly insisted Oregon’s early adaption to ObamaCare would be the best thing for all Oregonians. Then, they began having fun with logos, marketing and expensive commercials,
http://youtu.be/Xv2UUcXCo9g

Then they pretended everything was fine, until, it turns out it wasn’t. There was no product to sell because the website wouldn’t work. No worries, said Cover Oregon chief Rocky King, we’ll do it alllllll by hand! We’ll have people fill out their health histories and wallet biopsies by hand and input it that information, uh—where are we inputting that information again? Oh, yes! the website that doesn’t work! Rocky is on “medical leave” with a case of the sniffles and now the CIO of the website is gone–fired this week. Did I say fired? I mean resigned. And the governor has called for a review of a program he didn’t bother to review himself. Finally now we have the coup de grace which basically is: remember that program you thought you signed up for? Yeah, about that…

From HotAir,

How did Oregon manage to go from one of the most enthusiastically pro-ObamaCare, gung-ho exchange-builders in the country to these shambles of lost administrative dignity? Two of their highest-ranking officials in charge of coordinating what they for months advertised as what would be a smooth, online, and hipster-friendly insurance-buying experience are already on the outs, and the 400 or so navigators they hired when they realized (too late) that they were in over their heads haven’t been quite enough to cope with the logistical struggle of signing people up for government-run insurance minus a functional website.

Er… why are they just telling insurance-seeking Oregonians this now? If they really have 11,000 people now enrolled in private plans, then they have been making some very slow but steady progress on the larger heap of applications they have going over the past week or so — but they must have known for awhile now that there was no way in heck they were going to be able to process the lot of the applications submitted by December 23rd in time to begin coverage January 1st, what with the slow and often erroneous processing that is part and parcel of doing things via paper application.

Merry Christmas! Remember when you could just buy your own insurance?