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Oregon first lady's sham marriage may shake up governor's race
Oregon first lady's sham marriage may shake up governor's race

A marriage of convenience decades ago is threatening to shake up Oregon politics. Cylvia Hayes, the fiancee of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, acknowledged this week that she had accepted about $5,000 to marry an immigrant in 1997 so that he could remain in the United States. Hayes, known as the state’s first lady, and Kitzhaber have been in a relationship for 10 years and were formally betrothed this summer. The governor, who is seeking reelection, didn’t know about her marriage. Hayes was 29 and her husband, an Ethiopian national, Abraham B. Abraham, was 18. “It was a marriage of convenience,” said Hayes, now 47. “He needed help and I needed...

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