Resignation talk swirls in halls of Capitol

Fellow Democrats calling on Gov. Kitzhaber to resign

Gov. John Kitzhaber's portrait in the Capitol in Salem, Feb. 12, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Gov. John Kitzhaber's portrait in the Capitol in Salem, Feb. 12, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — With talk of resignation swirling around Gov. John Kitzhaber, legislators in the Capitol are still holding public hearing, writing bills and dealing with lobbyists.

Though the buzz is on when — not if — Kitzhaber resigns, lawmakers said they are focused on their job, as best they can.

Sen. Rod Monroe, a Portland Democrat, said Kitzhaber is “not the first middle-aged man to fall in love with a younger woman and get into some problems because of it.”

He added the governor is probably consulting with Cylvia Hayes and “trying to figure out the best way to exit with the least amount of turmoil.”

Lucille McAleese, a lobbyist with the Humane Society, said the controversy is damaging Oregon’s business and reputation.

“It’s needs to be taken care of,” she said. “It’s a hot mess.”

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