PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has given his first extensive interview since resigning 13 months ago, telling Oregon Public Broadcasting that he’s confident he’ll be cleared of any wrongdoing and is looking for work.
Kitzhaber quit over allegations his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business. Federal agents launched an investigation, but no charges have been filed.
Kitzhaber told OPB it’s been a tough year, but he’s ready to return to work, likely as a consultant. Though he won’t run for office again, Kitzhaber said he’s starting a Facebook page that will give him an opportunity to discuss public issues.
Kitzhaber declined to discuss specifics of the investigation, but says he’s confident he will be exonerated.
The former governor said he and Hayes are still engaged.