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The Oregonian’s editorial board calls for governor’s resignation, saying he has ‘broken faith’ with the people

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Cylvia Hayes and former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. (Photo: KPTV/Portland)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The editorial board of Oregon’s largest newspaper is calling on Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign following ethical questions about his fiancée.

The Oregonian wrote Wednesday that “Kitzhaber has broken faith with Oregonians” and can no longer effectively lead the state.

In a statement responding to the editorial, Kitzhaber said he was elected to serve the citizens of Oregon and he intends to continue to do so.

The Democratic governor is under fire over paid consulting work done by his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, on behalf of organizations seeking to influence state policy. He’s deflected questions, saying a state ethics commission is investigating.

In a news conference last week, Kitzhaber also refused to answer questions about whether Hayes failed to report income on her taxes.

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