Unseen by me because I generally don’t look in that direction, there is apparently a scandal brewing in Oregon. There have been charges of a conflict of interest on the part of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber in his fiancee’s receipt of fellowship money that ultimately derives from Oregon’s state government. The Oregonian, the state’s largest and oldest newspaper, has called for the governor’s resignation:
More ugliness may surface, but it should be clear by now to Kitzhaber that his credibility has evaporated to such a degree that he can no longer serve effectively as governor. If he wants to serve his constituents he should resign.
To recite every reported instance in which Hayes, ostensibly under Kitzhaber’s watchful eye, has used public resources, including public employee time and her “first lady” title, in pursuit of professional gain would require far more space than we have here and, besides, repeat what most readers already know. Suffice it to say there’s a pattern, and the person who bears the responsibility for allowing it to form and persist is Kitzhaber, who should know better. After all, as he pointed out during Friday’s press conference, he’s been serving in public office on and off since the 1970s.
Consistent with my practice of keeping my nose out of other people’s business, I’m not going to remark on the scandal or offer any opinions other than to say that I’m a bit relieved to read of a state other than Illinois with a governor in hot water. If that’s schadenfreude, so be it.
There’s a round-up of more commentary on the scandal at memeorandum.