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Governor Kitzhaber Addresses Questions Surrounding First Lady's Finances

Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

New reports this week have raised further questions about the role of First Lady Cylvia Hayes in Governor Kitzhaber’s administration. Last fall, Willamette Week reported on potential conflicts between Hayes’s role in the administration and her job as a private consultant.

This week, more of the picture emerged, as Hayes confirmed that she was paid $118,000 to consult with a clean energy organization — an amount that was previously undisclosed. These payments occurred at the same time that she was volunteering as an advisor to the governor on energy policies.

The Governor held a press conference this morning, where he announced the first lady would have no further political role in his administration. He also stressed that a Government Ethics Commission will continue its work.


  • Jeff Mapes: Political reporter for the Oregonian
  • Jim Moore: Director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Pacific University
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