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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Resigns Amid Scandal

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned today amid allegations that his fiancee used her relationship with him to gain contracts for her green-energy consulting business, Yahoo reported.

Kitzhaber, Oregon’s longest-serving governor, said he has not broken any laws, but his resignation will be effective Feb. 18.

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"Nonetheless, I understand that I have become a liability to the very institutions and policies to which I have dedicated my career and, indeed, my entire adult life," he said.

Kitzhaber left his office in 2003, but won his old position back in 2010. 

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Kate Brown, the current Secretary of State, is expected to take over the position. Brown is a Democrat and will break ground in her own right by becoming the first bisexual governor in the country.

In an audio statement, Kitzhaber was defiant and disappointed his Democrat allies abandoned him when the charges surfaced. "I am confident that I have not broken any laws nor taken any actions that were dishonest or dishonorable in their intent or outcome," he said.

"I have always tried to do the right thing, and now the right thing to do is to step aside," he said.

Headlines about Kitzhaber’s fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, overshadowed his most recent election victory. Kitzhaber won his fourth term in November.

In addition to the most recent scandal, Hayes accepted $5,000 to fraudulently marry a man seeking immigration benefits in the 1990’s. She later admitted she purchased a rural and remote property to grow marijuana.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is launching a criminal investigation into the most recent allegations. 

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