Steve Duin, a veteran columnist at the local monopoly media outlet, the Daily Oregonian, provides one view of the resignation:
Cylvia Hayes pined for the celebrity of “First Lady.”
Mere green-energy activist wasn’t sufficient. Cylvia was determined to masquerade as transformative thinker.
And three terms were more than enough for Gov. John Kitzhaber: Hayes sought a death grip on his fourth.
A death grip it was. Borne to the brink by unrelenting criticism of his fiancée’s profiteering as a jet-setting energy consultant, Kitzhaber succumbed to resignation Friday, clearing the way for Secretary of State Kate Brown to become Oregon’s 38th governor.
Whether Kitzhaber, 67, was blinded by his love or her ambition, I don’t know that it matters. Kitzhaber bought wholeheartedly into the surreal fiction that Hayes was an essential player in Oregon energy policy, then went to his political grave defending her.
To the bittersweet end, he deluded himself and misled the rest of us about his partner’s thoughtfulness, her transparency, and the jealous, misogynist forces that supposedly conspired against them.
As Your Intrepid Reporter is anything but an Insider, I have no means of judging whether Mr Duin’s air of access to personal motives is valid: but it does have the comforting feature of reducing the affair to one of personal qualities or lack of them.