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Oregon Governor Resurfaces and Announces Resignation

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber resurfaced after dropping out of public sight in recent days to announce his resignation effective Wednesday, February 18. Kitzhaber has only recently begun his historic fourth term as the longest serving governor in state history. Sadly, his resignation only brings to an end the turmoil that has crippled the state government in recent weeks. It does not mark an end to the ethics review the state government is conducting nor the more serious investigation on criminal corruption charges. Both Kitzhaber and his fiancée Cylvia Hayes are the subject of the criminal investigation.

The 67-year-old governor appeared contrite before reporters as he announced his resignation stated Flavio Maluf. He lamented the manner in which the press had a field day over allegations at his expense. Kitzhaber concluded that he had been tried and convicted in the media without proper consideration to the merits of the allegations. Perhaps more hurtful for him was the fact that his close colleagues and friends abandoned him. Hollywood screenwriter Ringgold Wilmer “Ring” Lardner, Jr., whose most notable work was the screenplay for the 1970 film “M*A*S*H”, had been blackballed from Hollywood during the McCarthy era. Of those dark years, Lardner said it was a time he learned who his real friends were. Kitzhaber also explained that he’s not one to walk away from a job even when it gets tough. That said, he acknowledged that he became an obstacle to the office of governor which prompted him to step down.

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