Someone is lucky he does not live in the DC/NYC media market:
The editorial board of the largest newspaper in Oregon called for the state’s governor to resign in an editorial published Wednesday, following a slew of allegations of potential ethics violations.
The Oregonian editorial board asserted that Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “credibility has evaporated” after an investigation by the paper revealed that Kitzhaber’s fiancée Cylvia Hayes, the state’s first lady, advised the governor on energy policy while continuing to work as a paid consultant on the same issues.
Kitzhaber announced Friday in a press conference that Hayes will no longer play a policy or political role in his administration.
But the Oregonian’s editorial board was not satisfied by that change or Kitzhaber’s answers during the 20-minute press conference when placed side-by-side with a slew of allegations revealed through an investigation by two of the newspaper’s reporters.
“More ugliness may surface, but it should be clear by now to Kitzhaber that his credibility has evaporated to such a degree that he can no longer serve effectively as governor,” the editorial board wrote Wednesday. “He is now less a governor than a source of unending distraction. He can no longer lead Oregon effectively and should resign.”
Among other things, some long time friends of Kitzhaber basically made up jobs for her with corporations who were trying to receive favorable action from the Governor. It’s as clear cut or more, IMHO, as the McDonnell case, with the chief distinction being that the corporations in question were not selling pseudo-scientific claptrap.
He’s got to go.