Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber announces resignation due to scandal investigations, recall threats
Faced with lack of support from his Democratic colleagues, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has delivered a letter to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office saying he will be stepping down.
According to Oregon Live, Kitzhaber will leave office effective Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.
The letter’s one sentence reads: Dear Secretary Brown: Effective February 18, 2015, at 10 a.m., I am resigning my position as Governor of Oregon. Sincerely, John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.
Kitzhaber is the subject of two ongoing investigations into possible ethical breaches involving himself and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.
The state Ethics Commission and the Oregon attorney general have been investigating whether Hayes, an environmental consultant, filed falsified tax forms and received outside consulting fees in an effort to influence her future husband, among multiple allegations.
The governor was also facing a possible recall.
Kitzaber’s official statement, deploring what he called “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,” can be read here.