Oregon Dems tell Gov. Kitzhaber (D) it’s ‘time to resign’

Oregon Dems tell Gov. Kitzhaber (D) it’s ‘time to resign’

[Ed. – You’ll remember that the problems for Kitzhaber’s governorship stem from a number of weird but well-documented allegations against his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.]

Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek met with Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday morning and told him it was time to resign. …

“He was upset,” Courtney said. “He was defiant. He was struggling.”

“This thing is evolving by the second.”

Courtney said that he and Kotek have been trying to get security for Secretary of State Kate Brown, who would become governor if Kitzhaber were to step down. …

Kotek said later that the governor has been consumed by all the legal investigations and media inquiries.

“The work of the state has to go on,” she said, “and he’s not able to focus on that right now.” …

“This is flat-out Greek tragedy,” said Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland.  “Kitzhaber has done so many good things for the state.”

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