Telling the stories that the mainstream media no longer tell.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 14 other subscribers



Follow me on Twitter

April 2017
« Mar    

BOMBSHELL – Kitzhaber Lied In His Press Conference Jan 30, 2015

John Kitzhaber in 2010.

John Kitzhaber in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an extraordinary press conference on Friday, January 30, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber addressed concerns about his fiancee Cylvia Hayes and her tax returns, and whether there were lapses in reporting of income under Oregon ethics laws. Financial disclosure forms require the reporting of all household income to the Oregon Ethics Commission. Allegations of impropriety have dogged Kitzhaber and Hayes since 2014. In a bombshell statement, he admits that he did not believe it necessary to report income Ms. Hayes received for a consulting contract, despite the disclosure forms clearly stating that “all household income” must be reported.


Either Governor Kitzhaber is woefully ignorant of the law, or he lied. (Kitzhaber’s Statement of Economic Interest can be seen by clicking here.)


The questions surround Cylvia Hayes and her consulting firm, E3 Strategies, and a contract with a clean energy company. Hayes earned $118,000 in income from that contract, but failed to report it on her taxes. Kitzhaber also failed to report it in his ethics commission filings.


At the 12:38 mark, Kitzhaber is directly asked if Hayes is a member of his household. His response: “I don’t know  the legal answer to that. As I said earlier, we tried to use an abundance of caution in areas that we weren’t clear on. For example, there’s no legal definition of the term First Lady in the statute. I think most people consider her a public official, but the determination of whether she’s a public official is a legal determination, as is the question of whether she’s a member of the household.” [emphasis added]



“We were trying to err on the side of caution and transparency,” is his very next statement.


By not disclosing the income that is clearly required to be disclosed?


He goes on to say that they believed that they were not required to report various income because it was not a conflict of interest. He fails to explain why the Statement of Economic Interest does not make that distinction in its instructions.


Interestingly, at the 11:45 mark, he addresses Ms. Hayes’ current whereabouts, saying, “She is in Sweden on her own expense, visiting some friends, and then she’ll be traveling to Berlin to attend a meeting of the same group that funded the trip to Bhutan. It is a trip planned and paid for by the government of Germany. No state resources have been used to plan or pay for it.”


The Germany – Bhutan connection should be interesting to examine. Of course, Oregon Ethics Laws also prohibit the receipt of gifts of value for public officials. Perhaps Kitzhaber failed to watch this instructive video presentation, which can be found on the Oregon Ethics Commission website.



The press conference ended in a rather abrupt fashion, calling to mind the time he stormed off the set of a TV interview after repeated hard questions about the Cover Oregon fiasco. This time, repeated questions about when Hayes would be made available to the press caused Kitzhaber to snap. He repeatedly attempted to state that “she’s an independent woman and I don’t control her”, but follow up questions to the effect that “She’s a public official! When can we speak to her?” caused him to walk out and end the press conference.


From a crisis management strategy standpoint, this press conference was a disaster. From a legal standpoint, it sure looks as though Kitzhaber just got caught in a lie.





Similar posts

This site sponsored by:

YOU! Your message could reach thousands of online consumers. Click CONTACT to inquire about advertising rates.

Paid advertisement

  • Sonics | Special Session | Snow Storm April 25, 2017
    Here are five things we think are worth keeping your eye on in Washington state politics this week – from DC to Olympia to Seattle.  We’re building this Monday morning email to be a briefing of things we thing merit your attention for the week ahead. If you have suggestions on what to add, we’d […]
  • Bringing the Sonics Back to Seattle April 25, 2017
    More than five years ago, our Seattle-based partnership began the long and thorough process of developing the SODO Arena.  Our sole focus is to bring the NBA and NHL back to Seattle. We believe our proposal to build a privately funded, state-of-the-art Arena at the southern end of Seattle’s zoned Stadium District, directly south of […]
  • Event: Breakfast with the Wire, A Review of the Regular Session April 21, 2017
    As the legislative session draws to a close, we look forward to dissecting the moving parts of the 105-day Regular Legislative Session and thinking about how the impacts of this session will play out in the Washington State economy. So, we are working with our sister site to invite some of the most quietly impactful […]
  • Reason #3 to Stop Subsidizing TransitFew Use It and Fewer Need It April 25, 2017
    In 1960, when most of the nation’s transit was private (and profitable), 7.81 million people took transit to work. By 2015, the nation’s working population had grown by nearly 130 percent, and taxpayers had spent well over a trillion dollars improving and operating urban transit systems. Yet the number of people taking transit to work […]
  • The Rail Transit Money Pit April 24, 2017
    After more than a year of shut-downs, slow-downs, and break-downs, the Washington Metro rail system still faces a huge maintenance backlog. Meanwhile, rail opponents in Hawaii placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post begging President Trump to cancel funding for that city’s increasingly expensive rail project. Click image to download a PDF of this […]
  • Reason #2 to Stop Subsidizing TransitSubsidies Haven’t Increased Ridership April 21, 2017
    In 2015, the American Public Transportation Association issued a press release whose headline claimed that transit ridership in 2014 achieved a new record. However, the story revealed that 2014 ridership was the highest since 1956. That’s no more a record than if it was the highest since 2013. The truth is that America’s urban population […]