This post has been updated.
A leading Democratic elected official is now calling for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) to resign.
Per KGW in Portland, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler issued a statement asking Kitzhaber to step down. It comes the day after Kitzhaber was reportedly going to resign, but then changed his mind. He and his fiance Cylvia Hayes have come under fire for allegations that she worked for groups that try to influence public policy while also advising the governor.
“It is with deep sadness that I ask Governor Kitzhaber to resign his position as Governor of Oregon,” Wheeler said. “He has accomplished many great things during his long career, and history will be kinder to him than current events suggest.”
“Unfortunately, the current situation has become untenable, and I cannot imagine any scenario by which things improve,” he continued. “Oregon deserves a governor who is fully focused on the duties of state.”
“I hope the Governor will do the right thing for Oregon and its citizens.”
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, who described a “strange” Wednesday meeting with Kitzhaber that many thought would end with his announcing his resignation, has also said publicly that she is ready to serve if he steps down.
The Democratic leaders in the state legislature have also urged Kitzhaber to resign, according to local reports.
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney confirms he and House Speaker Tina Kotek asked for Governor Kitzhaber’s resignation.
— Ken Boddie (@kenboddie) February 12, 2015
And KATU’s Anna Canzano reported that two of Kitzhaber’s top aides have resigned.
BREAKING Capitol source tells me @GovKitz Chief of Staff and his legislative liaison resigned today.
— Anna Canzano (@AnnaCanzanoKATU) February 12, 2015