Kitzhaber Resigns, Secretary of State Kate Brown to Succeed Governor

As online news feeds share word of Governor Kitzhaber’s resignation, PQ Monthly has assembled a sampling of links from media outlets across the country regarding the headlines, and Secretary of State Kate Brown’s appointment to the position.

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Secretary of State Kate Brown (photo credit: sos.oregon.gov)

Brown will be the state’s 37th governor, and the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.

The news comes a day after it was reported Kitzhaber voiced his intention to remain in office, stating, “I have a job to do.”

Read Kitzhaber’s statement in its entirety, posted at Oregon Live.

“I understand that I have become a liability to the very institutions and policies to which I have dedicated my career and, indeed, my entire adult life.”

In his statement, Kitzhaber was critical of the media’s coverage of the scandal.

“I must also say that it is deeply troubling to me to realize that we have come to a place in the history of this great state of ours where a person can be charged, tried, convicted and sentenced by the media with no due process and no independent verification of the allegations involved.”

The New York Times describes the state attorney general’s ongoing criminal investigation surrounding Kitzhaber as “a steep and rapid fall.”

Politico calls the developments “bizarre and personal.”

The Washington Post gives its own commentary in this updated post, first published Thursday afternoon. The Post also weighs in on Brown.

ABC News has a recap of the events of the days leading up to Friday’s resignation.

An OPB report provides a brief background on Brown, who was elected secretary of state in 2008.

Check back here for more on today’s news, and with Secretary of State Brown.