Local Legislators React To Kitzhaber Resignation

Local legislators reacted to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s announcement today with a sense that it had become inevitable the Governor would step aside.  59th District Representative John Huffman called it a sad state of affairs, and that he hated to see anyone’s political career end in this manner.  The Dalles Republican said he had been hopeful the legal process would be allowed to play out, but “tragically, it seemed like Gov. Kitzhaber seems to have been almost his own worst enemy in this regard, and just kept compounding his own problems on a daily basis.”  52nd District Representative Mark Johnson said it was a sad day for Oregon, but added the Legislature has a lot of work ahead of it.  The Hood River Republican felt “this creates a lot of questions about what kind of leadership we’re going to have, and we desperately need some good leadership.”  Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli said in a statement Kitzhaber’s resignation is an unprecedented situation for Oregonians, adding the state’s leaders need to work together to lead a thoughtful transition that respects Oregon citizens and restore trust and accountability with the Governor’s office and the executive branch.  House Speaker Tina Kotek, who on Thursday joined Senate President Peter Courtney in asking Kitzhaber to resign, said Kitzhaber has accomplished much for Oregonians in his 35 years of public service to the state, and was a distinguished leader.

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