Kotek’s PR person resigns. Emails revealed.

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek’s Communication Director has resigned.  The Director resigned with no explanation and at the same time that Kotek’s Chief of Staff, two top other top staffers and her lawyer have resigned all in the past few weeks.  These issues surround conflict over Governor Kotek’s providing Governor’s office space, security detail and a government scheduler for her spouse and a newly formed First Spouse Office.

OPB has reviewed many of the emails from the Governor’s office.  OPB has discovered conflict-of-interest warnings from her staff on involving staff into issues related to Kotek’s spouse.

OPB reports,“Abby Tibbs, a former special adviser to Kotek, wrote to one of the governor’s behavioral health staffers … I realize I never followed-up with you in writing about the situation we discussed about the Governor asking you to call Cascadia about a friend of the [first lady’s] who is upset with her supervisor,” Tibbs wrote to the aide, Juliana Wallace.She went on to write that “actions by the FL and/or Governor like the ones above are indeed highly inappropriate at best,” and said that Kotek and her wife had been “reminded several times now” about using the power of the governor appropriately.The email is one example of top staffers raising red flags about Kotek Wilson’s involvement in the administration, and perhaps a telling one.”

Willamette Week reports that Kotek’s spouse has played a larger role than previously disclosed. Willamette Week notes, “First lady Aimee Kotek Wilson has ranged far and wide in the first 15 months of her wife’s administration, meeting with a variety of people who have interests before the state, her calendar shows. She’s gotten involved not just in governor’s staff meetings on behavioral health, as WW has previously reported, but is also taking meetings on civil commitment policy, corrections policy, the future of Measure 110, Oregon State Hospital and a variety of other topics—and even involved herself in personnel matters.”  Read more here.

Follow our previous articles below:

Kotek’s lawyer resigns

Ethics complaint blocks Kotek’s wife request

Kotek bungles press conference. Couldn’t answer key questions on spouse controversy

Kotek’s wife’s $143,000 assistant? Ethics complaint.

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