POLITICS IN THE BUFF: OREGON GOVERNOR JOHN KITZHABER MUST RESIGN
We’ve watched state governors over the past few decades crash and burn due to scandals while in office. The State of Illinois seems to be a breeding ground for criminal activity in the governor’s office with four out of the last seven governors being sent to prison. Ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was recently sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in corruption while in office; his wife is likely to get 18 months.
This brings us to the clean energy money that Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, is awash in which has caused the Oregonian newspaper to publish an editorial on 4 February 2015 calling for his resignation. The scandal swirls around grants and high paying jobs for clean energy advocates and the governor’s fiancee Cylvia Hayes.
Two intrepid reporters Laura Gunderson and Nick Budnick did the hard work to uncover the facts of just how Cylvia Hayes became so powerful and well compensated in the clean energy consulting business all the while keeping deep roots in Oregon government. The path she took even has links to the Clinton and Obama Administrations via a highly paid state employee one Dan Carol. The sums of money that Hayes reaped are would be staggering to the average middle class family in the United States. Hayes received $236,000 over two years from a single fellowship. This after Carol joined Kitzhaber’s staff to the tune of $165,00 a year. Even before that Hayes was being paid $5,000 a month for fund raising consulting while being an unpaid advisor to the governor on energy matters. Just this past October, Hayes tearfully admitted to having been paid $5,000 to enter into a sham marriage so an Ethiopian man could obtain a green card in 1997.
The bottom line is corruption in politics is rampant it appears. In Oregon, like in Illinois and Virginia before the corruption is endemic. Kitzhaber has called for an investigation and that is ongoing but for the people of Oregon he should resign and allow Secretary of State Kate Brown to assume the office and begin to serve the people of that state with honesty, integrity and without greed.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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