I Was The Next Man!

Oregon’s Governor unfortunately learns some more about his fiancee

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber got one hell of an October surprise, as his fiancée tearfully admitted Thursday to having a green-card marriage to an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant.

The stunning admission comes after an alternative newspaper first reported that Cylvia Hayes – who despite being engaged goes by the title “first lady” in the state – had been married, and divorced, three times before.

Two of those were known. But the Democratic governor to whom she’s engaged, and the public, apparently didn’t know about the third.

…Wiping away tears at a Thursday news conference, Hayes said she accepted around $5,000 to marry the immigrant, Abraham Abraham, in 1997 so that he could remain in the United States.

“It was a marriage of convenience,” Hayes said. “He needed help and I needed financial support.”

…Hayes said she was “associating with the wrong people” while struggling to put herself through college when she agreed to the sham marriage. Hayes was twice divorced and just shy of her 30th birthday when she married the Ethiopian man.

Hayes said she and the Ethiopian man never lived together, met only a handful of times and have not had any contact since the divorce was finalized in 2002.

She was 30, he was 18.

3 Responses to “I Was The Next Man!”

  1. JeffS says:

    Hmmmmm… Any “marriage of convenience” for immigration purposes is against the law. I wonder how the lefties will spin that one, hey?

  2. aelfheld says:

    JeffS, they won’t bother. Under this administration there is no immigration law – unless, say, you’re trying to lower your taxes by leaving.

  3. Fausta says:

    “Hayes was twice divorced and just shy of her 30th birthday when she married the Ethiopian man.”


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