Kitzhaber Fatigue

Gov. John Kitzhaber (D. Ore) has made the not-so-honorable choice of placing the blame for his corruption charges on his fiancé, Cylvia Hayes. The couple have been charged with abusing the office of the governor for a handful of reasons ranging from powerful to pompous, including selling the governors favor to private interests and using government employees for personal work, e.g. changing kitty litter.

Indeed, Hayes might be largely to blame for making arrangements between energy tech companies and the governor, as well as setting up a desk in the governors office, but it begs the question “Where was Kitzhaber during all this?”

Certainly he knew what was going on. How could he not know that his Fiance had a desk set up in his office, the idea is ridiculous. Kitzhaber is in his fourth term as governor. Surely he is familiar with the goings on about his administration and is well aware of the ethical ramifications of them. When asked if he was blinded by love Kitzhaber replied that his eyes were “Wide Open,” according to Willamette Week, which leaves very few options left to diminish his culpability in the publics eye.

Even if he were to use Hayes as a scapegoat, which seems to be the way things are going, he is still responsible for the actions within his administration. By throwing her under the bus he may only succeed only in showing his own negligence.



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