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Cylvia Hayes, You’ll Look Marvelous in an Orange Jump Suit.

And she may take her Rhinestone Cowboy with her.

Cylvia Hayes, Grifter.  Image Credit: Andy from Beaverton
Cylvia Hayes, Grifter.
Image Credit: Andy from Beaverton

It must be hard to admit the woman whom you’ve personally coronated ‘First Lady’ of Oregon is the same grifter she’s always been.

Her scams just keep getting bigger.

And her men keep getting dumber. Take Governor John Kitzhaber. Please

Let’s go to the Cylvia Hayes hall of shame tote board:

The scam to ‘marry’ a man for $5000.

The scam to set up an illegal pot farm.

The scam to sell the Governor’s office for personal and mutual gain. 

The scam to make money using her title and not reporting it to the government.

Wait, whoa on that last one. A ‘scam to sell the Governor’s officer for personal and mutual gain’? From Willamette Week

As WW has reported, Hayes in 2013 leveraged her position as first lady and policy adviser to Kitzhaber into private consulting contracts worth at least $85,000. On Tuesday, EO Media reported Hayes was paid $118,000 for unspecified work by a now-defunct Washington, D.C., non-profit.

WW has also reported that Hayes used state employees to help run her consulting business, and conducted private business while traveling at state expense.

Worse? She didn’t report $118,000 to the government. And the Governor didn’t report it on his ethics disclosures, either. 

There’s more, but you get the picture.

In the post modern world of moral relativism, you may not know this behavior is not just unseemly, but unethical, lawless and an assault on the consciences of all good Oregonians who have been forced to tolerate this woman much like kids forced to be nice to Dad’s fourth wife named Bambi. 

The Governor and Hayes are both under investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission and the FBI. Good. Both deserve to go to jail.

Please see related nearby posts regarding Kitzhaber’s bizarre presser yesterday. 


Oregon says goodbye to former Governor Vic Atiyeh *Updated*

Gentleman, visionary and last Republican governor elected in Oregon, Vic Atiyeh, has died in Portland.

*This post has been updated to include more reaction.


Vic Atiyeh, who fought for the Oregon logging industry, introduced Oregon products to Asia, navigated the state through the deep recession of the 1980s and set the state universities’ compasses toward technology has died at Providence St. Vincents Hospital. He was 91 years old.

From ABC News,

The former governor died at 8:15 p.m. PDT at Portland’s Providence St. Vincent Medical Center of complications from renal failure, said Denny Miles, who had formerly served as Atiyeh’s press secretary.

He said that Atiyeh was at home but had returned to the hospital Saturday due to shortness of breath and possible internal bleeding.

Political observer and friend, Jim Pasero, often credited Atiyeh with pulling Oregon out of the 1982-83 recession by cutting back government costs and raising taxes. Before this current recession started, the recession of the early 1980’s was the worst since the Great Depression. Though Atiyeh caught political hell for raising taxes, he was credited with minimizing the impact of the recession.  

Political analyst and KXL talk host, Rob Kremer, said Governor Atiyeh, “was a wonderful man and a mentor to two generations of Republican candidates who tried to build on his legacy.” 

But Kremer says there’s one distinction Atiyeh wanted nothing more than to shed, “I’m saddened that he didn’t live to see the day that he fulfilled his last political goal: to lose the title of the last Republican Governor of Oregon.”

During his tenure as governor between 1979-1987, Atiyeh battled with environmental groups over reducing timber harvest over the spotted owl issue. Environmentalists claimed the spotted owl was being killed off by cutting trees. Time and science proved the claims untrue, but not before Oregon’s timber industry was decimated by what turned out to be the environmentalists’ phony stories. 

Atiyeh was of Syrian descent and worked in the family’s high end rug business based in Portland. 

Politicos would often seek him out for advice, especially at the annual Republican confab the Dorchester Conference. In fact, it was at the Dorchester Conference a few years ago where I last saw him. The governor was alone and unsuccessfully trying to navigate the stairs at his hotel. Seeing he needed help, my husband provided a steady hand to get him up to level ground. Governor Atiyeh gratefully accepted the assist.  

Oregon hasn’t had a statesmen at Mahonia Hall in years. After a series of leftist ideologues, the people of Oregon may not know what true statesmen even looks like anymore. Governor Atiyeh would be a good place to start.