The Fall of John Kitzhaber, the Democrat Who Was Supposed to Save Health Care Reform
The fall of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber does not mean that much for the Democratic Party. Oregon stood out in 2014's midterms, a blue utopia where Republicans could make no inroads. Portland newspapers were breaking stories about the ethics problems of Kitzhaber's fiance for weeks before the election. Polling showed Kitzhaber losing a solid lead over the Republicans' candidate, Dennis Richardson. But Oregon was not about to elect Richardson, a conservative who denied man-made climate change and called homosexuality a vice like smoking. Kitzhaber won; Democrats grew their majority in the legislature. Kitzhaber's resignation will make Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown the nation's latest Democratic governor.
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