Gov. John Kitzhaber’s then-chief of staff and top lawyer last year tried to stop First Lady Cylvia Hayes from running her private consulting business out the governor’s mansion and from continuing to use her title for paid speaking engagements, records recently released to WW show.
Hayes would not abide by those restrictions and Kitzhaber’s staff backed down, records show, rewriting ethical guidelines so Hayes could continue to use Mahonia Hall and the first lady title for her personal business.
The documents reveal a different version of events from the narrative Kitzhaber has presented regarding Hayes' work in his office.
Which is, of course, the whole reason for waiting until late last Friday - on a holiday weekend - to comply with a public records demand from Willamette Week. Hey, no big deal - this is just business as usual for Oregon Democratics; you do a document dump late on a Friday and hope that nobody'll notice the dirt. Now, gov. Retread has taken the step of asking his hand-picked "Ethics" board to "investigate" his First Squeeze. Sure, that's bound to get results!
Gov. John Kitzhaber, under growing political pressure over the actions of First Lady Cylvia Hayes, today asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to investigate Hayes over allegations she profited from her connections to the governor's office.
This woman has a history of criminal activity spanning the last two decades; most people wouldn't need an "Ethics" Commission to "investigate". But Retread clearly isn't most people. After all, he rarely visits the state capital; he's more comfortable conducting business in his Cedar Hills bedroom.
It's worth remembering that Portland, run by Democratics, is to Salem as Democrat-run Chicago is to Springfield, Illinois. There is, however, one glaring exception: in Illinois, corrupt politicians occasionally go to jail. That never happens here in "progressive" Oregon.