- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Republican Party and a GOP state lawmaker have filed complaints with a state ethics panel over the role Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancee has played in his administration.

The complaints were lodged Wednesday with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, which enforces laws prohibiting public officials from using their position to enrich themselves.

Kitzhaber’s finacee, Cylvia Hayes, has played an active role in his administration while continuing her outside consulting business. Republican candidate for governor Dennis Richardson has asked for an investigation.

Kitzhaber had earlier asked the commission for an advisory opinion about whether Hayes was subject to ethics laws. Kitzhaber has maintained that Hayes did nothing wrong.

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