John Kitzhaber, the governor of Oregon belonging to the Democratic Party, has tendered his resignation from the gubernatorial post on Friday following allegations of corruption against him. While announcing his resignation, Kitzhaber said that he never shirked from responsibilities, and had always fought for a cause. Keeping that in mind, he begged to be excused by the people who have been investing their time, faith, energy, and resources to elect him for four terms, and the last one only the last year. He also thanked people for supporting him for three decades.
Hinting at the allegations against him, he added that he was deeply pained by the way media handled the topic. He said that media acted like judiciary, charging, pleading, discussing, and delivering judgment without allowing the charged party or the aggrieved person any opportunity to present his side of the issue. It was all the more painful for him, he continued, that his long time colleagues and allies accepted the judgment on its face value.
Ellen Rosenblum, the attorney General of Oregon, announced last week that an investigation is on against John Kitzhaber, the governor, and Cylvia Hayes, his fiancée, for Hayes using her proximity with Kitzhaber for the benefit of her consulting business. Rosenblum added that allegations against Kitzhaber and Hayes were very serious, and his office was in search of all options so that the people of the state could be served the best.
Kitzhaber who was elected for his fourth term only last November, initially wavered on the issue of his resignation, and decided not to resign on Wednesday last, but on the top Democrat leaders of the state refusing to support him any longer, he finally decided to step down. His resignation, as per The Oregon, is effective with effect from Wednesday.