Oregon gov. Retread's top "advisor" for the CRC is, as alluded to here previously, in some doo-doo. Patricia McCaig scurried down to Salem yesterday morning to attend the Oregon Government Ethics Commission's executive session, presumably hoping to talk her way out of trouble. That didn't happen, as they voted unanimously to pursue investigation of her "possible" violation of eight ethic laws.
McCaig, 58, was the focus of a Feb. 27 WW cover story. WW reported that, while McCaig holds the title of Kitzhaber's top adviser, her paychecks are signed by the CRC’s biggest contractor, David Evans and Associates, which would have profited by the project going forward. McCaig has been paid more than $417,000 at a billing rate of $90 an hour.
McCaig also billed for hundreds of hours of work she did to convince lawmakers to approve the CRC, but never registered as a lobbyist, as the law requires.
The commission's preliminary review finds that McCaig may have created aconflict of interest by working for both the governor and the David Evans and Associates.
Naturally, she claims to have done nothing wrong.
Rumor has it that she may also be facing issues with Washington state authorities; something about not registering as a business operating in the state and failing to pay appropriate taxes and fees.
As one of the original members of the Friends Of Neil (Goldschmidt) group - she even threw a party for him when he was last in town - it could hardly happen to a more deserving person.