To the Editor:

What is going on in Oregon? We have a person in the governor’s chair that lacks scruples and good judgment.

Governor Kitzhaber’s continuing episode with Cylvia Hayes is mindboggling. He claims he was blind sided about her past when it appeared in a newspaper article. The article pointed out her sordid background about marrying an Ethiopian so he could obtain a green card and her desire to grow illegal pot on a Washington farm, among other things. That was some time ago. What amazes me is he continued their relationship and is even sharing the governor’s office and who knows what else, with this woman. Well, he is in love.

Using the governor’s office to gain $180,000 of outside work is a conflict of interest, I would think. How long does the Ethics Commission need to decide to investigate and determine wrong doing? Remember three of the seven members on the commission are appointed by the governor. No doubt Ms.Hayes is pretty, smart and ambitious but she has no regards for the law.

People around the governor knew he was allowing something unethical to happen but did not come forward. This happens all of the time as no political party is exempt.  There are too many people in power positions that think they can brush the law aside. All too many times these people use attorneys’ advice to justify their actions. It appears these attorneys will provide the person in power with whatever answer the person desires. This occurred in the White House and state capitals around the country. It is not uncommon to see national and state elective officials use the excuse, “My lawyer told me it was alright.”

It will be interesting to see how the Democrat-controlled legislature deals with an unethical governor. I never thought of Cylvia Hayes as Oregon’s first lady. First Girlfreind maybe, but not first lady. I may have been wrong because she may be the first lady in the governors’ office to go to federal prison for tax evasion. Forgetting to put $180,000 of earnings on your income tax is no accident.

Bill Quinn
Keizer