Kitzhaber Will Not Consider Resignation, Regardless of Ethics Findings
Saturday, January 31, 2015
The Governor, who was peppered with questions regarding Oregon "First Lady" Cylvia Hayes, refused to answer any questions about her taxes, or her possible conflicts of interests. Kitzhaber also denied having any knowledge that he needed to report $118,000 worth of contracts on Statements of Economic Interests (SEI).
Slideshow Below: What Kitzhaber Said at His Cylvia Hayes Press Conference
When asked if he would consider resigning if he was found guilty of a state ethics violation, the Governor said “Of course not.”
“I was elected by the people of this state to do a job, and I intend to do it,” he said.
As the press conference got under way, he said that he has set a "high ethical bar" for himself and that only one ethics complaint was filed against him in the closing days of his last political campaign. The Governor's office supplied five years worth of SEIs, dating back to 2010.
The Governor said he has not been blinded by love, and that his marriage to Cylvia Hayes is still on. “I am in love,” the Governor said. “I do not believe I have been blinded by love, I am “eyes wide open.”
"In my 25 years covering politics, I have never been in a news conference with that much intensity and that many pointed questions asked of a Governor," said veteran KGW reporter Pat Dorris.
Related Slideshow: What Governor Kitzhaber Said at His Jan. Cylvia Hayes Press Conference
Governor John Kitzhaber held a press conference on Jan. 30, 2015, where he fielded questions surrounding his fiancé and Oregon’s “First Lady” Cylvia Hayes.
“The government ethics commission has a process and a sanction process. We will embrace that,” Kitzhaber said. “Well the Government ethics commission has a process and has a series of sanctions that it can take and we will obviously and have been complying and cooperating fully with the commission and we will embrace whatever decisions and sanctions they feel is appropriate."
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