SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s attorney general says Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, has seven days to turn over emails to The Oregonian, putting more pressure on the couple amid an ethics scandal that has put Kitzhaber’s job on the line.
Ellen Rosenblum issued the order Thursday in response to a request from the Portland newspaper. Hayes does not have a state email account but uses multiple private email accounts to interact with state officials.
A lawyer for Hayes had urged Rosenblum to reject the newspaper’s request, saying she’s not a public official.
But Rosenblum said Hayes’ “high-level involvement in the executive branch of Oregon’s state government” makes her a public official and emails discussing public business are subject to disclosure.
Hayes’ lawyer, Whitney Boise, did not respond to a request for comment.