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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Announces Resignation

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancée used her relationship with him to enrich herself.

    

In a lengthy statement released Friday, Kitzhaber said he broke no laws and said his resignation would be effective on Wednesday.

    

The decision capped a wild week in which Kitzhaber seemed poised to step down, then changed his mind, but ultimately bowed to calls from legislative leaders that he quit.

    

Secretary of State Kate Brown, a Democrat like Kitzhaber, is expected to assume the office and become the first openly bisexual governor in the country.

    

The 67-year-old Kitzhaber handily won re-election in November to a fourth term after surviving the botched rollout of Oregon's online health care exchange.

    

But the allegations surrounding his 47-year-old fiancée Cylvia Hayes' work were more harmful, dominating headlines in the state following his victory.



 

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A person with direct knowledge of the plan says Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to resign amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself.

The announcement is a stunning fall from grace for the state's longest-serving chief executive. The person spoke only on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to talk about the governor's plan.

The decision on Friday capped a wild week in which Kitzhaber seemed poised to step down, then changed his mind, but ultimately bowed to calls from legislative leaders that he quit the state's top job.

Secretary of State Kate Brown, a Democrat like Kitzhaber, will assume the office. She will also be the nation's first openly bisexual governor.

Kitzhaber has consistently maintained that he and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, worked hard to avoid conflicts between her public and private roles.

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