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Oregon Governor Fights Back Against Ethics Allegations

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is fighting back after a week of silence about influence-peddling allegations against his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes

In a letter Monday to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, the Democratic governor maintains that he and Hayes have done nothing wrong and says "the Oregon media" have rushed to judgment.

He asks Rosenblum to conduct what he called a "factual review" of the allegations. Rosenblum last week called the allegations very serious and troubling.

The request is a change of course for Kitzhaber. He had insisted a state ethics commission could do an adequate investigation, and he repeatedly rejected calls to appoint a special prosecutor.

A series of newspaper reports since October have showed Hayes did paid consulting work for advocacy groups seeking to influence state government.


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