Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he wants a higher profile after staying quiet during what he calls a “painful year” following his resignation 13 months ago.
Kitzhaber looked noticeably older but relaxed when meeting in a downtown Portland coffee shop. In his first extended interview since his resignation, he says he’s spent a lot of time recovering.
“It’s been a tough year, it’s been a painful year. I’ve obviously struggled with a feeling that I let down people who elected me and certainly was not my intention, “ Kitzhaber said.