Now that the election's safely over and time has passed, documents requested back in the first week of October regarding Oregon gov. Retread's First Squeeze are slowly dribbling out. As might be expected, given what we already know about her felonious past, they aren't pretty.
Yes, even though most of the requested documents haven't been yet released, we see that the First Squeeze did, in fact, use her official role for personal profit.
Newly released emails show that Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes regularly used a state-paid employee in the office of her fiancé, Gov. John Kitzhaber, to book travel and hotel for Hayes’ private consulting business.
The emails show Hayes used public resources for her personal benefit, treating her government assistant as a private secretary for her consulting business.
Not once or twice, and not occasionally - regularly. As in continually. She even had state employees take care of her dog and two cats.
Workers have fed and watched the dog, and have driven it between Salem and Portland, and have cared for the cats, according to Oregon State Police logs tracking traffic to and from Mahonia Hall.
The records show Hayes directed Mary Rowinski, a $60,000-a-year aide in Kitzhaber's office, to book hotels, airplane reservations and ground transportation for trips so Hayes could travel for her private consulting business, which expanded after Kitzhaber took office in 2011.
In 2013, Hayes signed consulting contracts with all three groups, seeking to advance their agendas even as she served as an adviser to Kitzhaber on the same policy areas that concerned her clients. The contracts paid Hayes $85,000 and marked a major expansion of her business.
Ever booked a last-minute flight, then cancelled and re-booked? Costs a ton of money. But the First Squeeze had no problem with that. Same with hotel accomodations:
Sometimes, the arrangements grew more complicated. In October 2013, for example, Hayes wanted to travel to Seattle on behalf of Demos, her New York-based client. On that trip, she wanted to bring her dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback named Tessa.
Finding a Seattle hotel that allowed dogs proved challenging—and the job fell to Rowinski, who was on the public payroll while doing work for Hayes' private business.
"Boy, every hotel/motel I’ve tried in the downtown area do not take pets, like the Travelodge, Quality Inn, Red Lion, Holiday Inn Express and Motel 8 will only take pets under 30 lbs," Rowinski wrote. "Will the state be paying for this? I know it’s a lot of money, but this is fairly last minute. The Monaco has government rate cheaper rooms, but it is too late to grab one of those."
The best deal Rowinski could find was the Hotel Monaco at $312 a night. Hayes could live with that.
$312 a night? Really? How about a $41 breakfast (had to be ordered from room service so that she could practice her speech).
On March 27, 2014, Hayes gave a speech at a Climate Action Reserve conference in San Francisco, and billed the state for a $580 plane ticket and meals, including a $41 breakfast.
She explained the costly breakfast in her reimbursement claim, saying she needed to order from room service at the Palace Hotel so she could practice her speech.
Oregon taxpayers have been footing the bill for this grifter. Why? So Retread can squire around a trophy girlfriend. And Multnomah County voters re-elected this idiot.