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Lawyer: Gov. John Kitzhaber Isn't Resigning

JONATHAN COOPER, Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says the governor told him Wednesday morning he’s not resigning.

Gov. John Kitzhaber

Gov. John Kitzhaber

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Portland attorney Jim McDermott says he’s hopeful the governor will say that himself soon.

Oregon’s capitol has been abuzz in speculation that the governor’s resignation was imminent after the woman who would succeed him abruptly returned from Washington, D.C., without explanation.

Secretary of State Kate Brown, who is next in line to be governor, left a conference for the National Association of Secretaries of State two days early. Her spokesman says he’s unsure why.

Newspapers have called for Kitzhaber’s resignation over allegations that his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, used his office to land contracts for her consulting business.

The state attorney general has launched a criminal investigation.

The governor has denied wrongdoing on both of their parts.

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