Silence wouldn’t seem to be the best strategy for the governor to take in the face of outcry over her office’s alleged efforts to undermine the independence of Oregon’s Public Records Advocate. But perhaps it’s better than sharing the full story of why the governor’s lawyers allegedly sought to rein in transparency advocate Ginger McCall and intimidate her into secretly supporting Gov. Kate Brown’s political objectives. The pressure and “abuse of authority,” as McCall described it, prompted the lawyer and longtime good-governance advocate to turn in her resignation, effective next month. Unfortunately, since McCall’s surprise announcement, Brown’s office has said little about the controversy and even less about what she plans to do. In her lone public statement – after her spokesman, without evidence, called the allegations “untrue” – Brown maintained she didn’t know that General Counsel Misha Isaak was asserting control over McCall, whose position was envisioned as an independent office to promote transparency and mediate public records disputes. Brown seemed to dismiss McCall’s account of the lawyers’ interference as “a situation where staff were conflicted between the goals of serving the Governor and promoting the cause of transparency.” Oregonians shouldn’t have to plead with their governor to stop… Read full this story
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