And this is how corruption works on the Pacific Coast.
More background to Mark’s Weekly Standard piece here and here: the short version is that Cover Oregon’s rollout led to a disaster which led to an apparent cover-up – and pointed fingers (which is to say, ‘lawsuit’) between Kitzhaber and software giant Oracle. Kitzhaber was, as recently as last month, still suggesting that there’d be a settlement favorable to his administration on that issue; there may still be one, but he may not be there to collect the check… largely because it would appear that Kitzhaber was letting his fiance act as the go-to person for what are delicately called ‘consulting fees.’ As you can see, the Oregonian is quite livid…
…now that John Kitzhaber has been re-elected, and thus can safely be replaced by another Democrat. I mean, the Oregonian clearly knew that Kitzhaber was playing a variant of the game that Sheldon Silver played; this story broke before the election. Didn’t stop them from endorsing the Democrat anyway. Because, hey, God forbid you elect a Republican to statewide office in Oregon.
Funny how the close elections always seem to break the Democrats’ way in the Pacific Northwest states, huh?