by NW Spotlight
Just two days after a bizarre flip-flop which ended with Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber stating definitively “I am not resigning. I have a job to do,” Gov. Kitzhaber has indeed resigned. The announcement came in an email shortly after Noon today that the Governor was resigning effective at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Per the Oregon constitution, Kitzhaber will be replaced by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, also a Democrat.
Just yesterday, Nigel Jaquiss reported that “Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office last week requested state officials destroy thousands of records in the governor’s personal email accounts,” which was then reported nationally.
They also still face a civil investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
MP3 of Gov. Kitzhaber speaking on his resignation – provided by Gov. Kitzhaber’s office
Media in waiting room outside Governor’s office in Capitol – Feb 13, 2015 (Oregon Catalyst)
Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week: Gov. John Kitzhaber Announces His Resignation
Statesman Journal: Gov. John Kitzhaber announces resignation
Washington Post: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announces resignation
Wall Street Journal: Front page from Sat, Feb 14, 2015