Friday, February 13, 2015

OR Gov. Kitzhaber Resigns Amid Ethics Scandal; His Fiancee Cylvia Hayes Took $200K in Payoffs

Oregon Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted his resignation today (February 13, 2015) amid allegations that his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, used their public positions for private gain -- accepting money from private environmental nonprofits for her green-energy consulting firm -- to pursue green policies in the state, according to the Washington Times website.

Sources with direct knowledge of the matter said Kitzhaber met with administration officials this morning to make his plans known. His resignation as governor will take effect at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18.

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Ms. Hayes had accepted some $200,000 in payments from green nonprofits to work on controversial low-carbon fuel standard policies at the same time that the administration was promoting new legislation on the issue.

Oregon Secretary of State, Kate Brown, is expected to replace Kitzhaber, and become the first openly bisexual governor in the United States.

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