UO alumnus calls for Governor Kitzhaber's recall

UO alumnus and campaign attorney for Republican Dennis Richardson’s unsuccessful campaign for Oregon Governor, Jacob Daniels, has filed a prospective petition demanding the recall of Governor John Kitzhaber.

Daniels, along with Richardson’s campaign manager Charlie Pearce, submitted the petition requesting the recall of Kitzhaber, citing many problems with the Governor’s First Lady, Kitzhaber’s fianceè Cylvia Hayes.

“We feel as though the Governor has lost the confidence of the people of Oregon,” Daniels said.

The reasons for the recall involving Hayes include her use of the Governor’s mansion to make money, allowing consultants within Kitzhaber’s campaign to arrange organizations with businesses resulting in six figure incomes and a trip to Bhutan the petition claims enabled Hayes to make a contract that benefited them finically.

“I hope he resigns,” Daniels said.

The Oregonian reports that this petition is the second filed this week calling for the recall of Kitzhaber. The first, received by Secretary of State Kate Brown on Feb. 5, was filed by Arin Marcus, and Oregon City resident. Marcus’s petition cites the reasons for recall as “Embezzlement of public funds.” And “Failure to protect Oregon businesses, families, parents and children.”

In order for the petition to put the issue to Oregon voters, it needs a minimum of 220,000 signatures within 90 days. 15 percent of Oregonians registered to vote.

Daniels says this is a goal he thinks they can achieve.

This is not the first time Kitzhaber and Hayes have received accusations of violating Oregon’s ethic regulations. The Emerald touched on the controversy of Hayes using her closeness to the governor’s office to further her own private consulting business prior to Kitzhaber’s reelection in the midterm elections of 2014.

If the petition succeeds, Daniels says he just hopes Oregon’s government can return to a place of transparency.

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