With the current Democrat governor of Oregon about to be given his walking papers, let’s quickly shift focus from his girlfriend’s possible criminal behavior to the sexual identity of his successor.
The secretary of state of Oregon could become the nation’s first openly bisexual governor if her state’s current executive resigns amid a criminal investigation.
Kate Brown, who was elected to statewide office in Oregon in 2008, is next line for the governorship in the event Gov. John Kitzhaber steps down amid an influence-peddling scandal involving himself and first lady Cylvia Hayes, according to the Oregon-based paper Willamette Week.
The couple is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice and the FBI. According to KGW, the governor met privately Tuesday with House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney.
MSNBC reporter Zachary Roth tweeted Brown unexpectedly flew back early Wednesday to Oregon from D.C., where she was attending the winter conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
Meanwhile, Kitzhaber’s lawyer, Jim McDermott, is pushing on speculation his client will resign, telling The Oregonian “he has every reason to believe the governor will stay in office.”
Before winning election as Oregon secretary of state in 2008, Brown, 54, served for 17 years as a member of Oregon’s House and Senate. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Dan and has two stepchildren, Dylan and Jessie.
No word whether she’ll have a live-in girlfriend profiting off state contracts.
Secretary of State Kate Brown, who would become Oregon’s 37th governor if John Kitzhaber steps down, came out swinging Thursday just ascalls for Kitzhaber’s resignation intensified.
“I am ready, and my staff will be ready, should he resign,” Brown said in a 150-word statement, her only public comment on the Kitzhaber controversy. “Right now, I am focused on doing my job for the people of Oregon.”
Brown’s possible ascension would follow a tumultuous two weeks in which Kitzhaber decided to resign but then changed his mind after talking to his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, and his attorney. Thursday, Oregon’s top leaders called on him to step down.
If he does, Brown, 54, would become Oregon’s second woman governor and perhaps the first U.S. governor who has previously identified herself as bisexual.
And let’s face it, a story about her sexuality is much more interesting to the media than a thoroughly corrupt Democrat.