Cylvia Hayes Marriage Bombshell: Fallout for Her, John Kitzhaber Uncertain

Laura Gunderson, Oregon Live, October 10, 2014

Less than 24 hours after news broke of a secret marriage, Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes tearfully apologized to Oregonians and to her fiancé, Gov. John Kitzhaber, for accepting $5,000 to illegally marry an 18-year-old Ethiopian in need of a green card.

Hayes, now 47, said she was at a “difficult and unstable” period in her life 17 years ago when she made the decision to break federal laws.

“It was wrong then and it is wrong now, and I am here today to accept the consequences, some of which will be life changing,” she said. “And I cannot predict what direction this will go.”

That’s true, too, for Kitzhaber, who seeks an unprecedented fourth term in a race againstRep. Dennis Richardson, a southern Oregon Republican who has consistently polled behind the incumbent.

Political pundits on Thursday doubted Hayes’ marriage bombshell could blast Kitzhaber’s chances, yet it was the second round of headlines swirling around the first lady. Earlier in the week, a Willamette Week story questioned whether she and her Bend-based consulting firm have benefited financially from her dual role as first lady.

The Richardson campaign took pot shots on its Facebook page Wednesday:  “Apparently, contracts with the state of Oregon are for sale and payment can be made directly to the First Lady.”

Hayes has been in a relationship with Kitzhaber for 10 years, and has said she was surprised on this summer’s solstice when the 67-year-old got down on one knee on a sandy bank of the Rogue River to propose. She said Thursday that she was ashamed and embarrassed by her choices and that Kitzhaber learned about her third marriage Wednesday only after she was pressed by news reports.


The statute of limitation for criminal penalties is five years from the marriage date, meaning Hayes’ deadline passed in 2002. There’s no limitation on civil penalties, however. Hayes is likely safe from legal repercussions, yet immigration officials have the power to revoke a given status from immigrants who benefit from such deals.


Hayes said she was a struggling 29-year-old student when a mutual acquaintance proposed the deal to marry Abraham B. Abraham. He was an 18-year-old, she wrote, who had a shot at a college degree if he could gain residency. They met only a few times and never lived together.

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

She admitted in a late afternoon press conference on Thursday that she hadn’t paid income taxes on the $5,000 payment, which ultimately paid for a laptop and covered some school expenses.


Washington court records show that Hayes filed for divorce from Abraham in a King County court on Oct. 26, 2001. Abraham turned 23 that month; Hayes was 34.

Hayes’ court records show two previous divorces–from Todd Hayes on March 28, 1989, and from Doug McCarthy on Dec. 17, 1996.

She said Thursday that she has not had any contact with Abraham since their divorce was finalized in February 2002. He went on to earn a mathematics degree from Greensboro College and now owns a nice home in suburban Washington, D.C. {snip}


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  • Will this affect Gov. John Kitzhaber’s chances to win re-election next month?

    Yes. This news will make that more likely.

    Because, People’s Republic of Oregon.

    Notice that she’s 47 and Kitzhaber is 67. That’s a bit curious.

    • Her actions in that respect qualify as moral turpitude, which means if Kitzhaber values his career, he needs to ditch this greedy floon, ASAP.

      • IstvanIN

        She needs to be doused in turpentine. Gosh knows where that thang has been.

    • Xerxes22

      There is nothing unusual about a 67 year old man dating a 47 year old women. Kitzhaber has fame and power and that is an aphrodisiac to many women.

    • Katherine McChesney

      He’ll be re-elected. They’ll heroize her for furthering a black mans career.

    • me

      Hahahahahahaha! Whew! That’s what you get for chasing a younger, ‘liberal’ doxy.
      Repeal the 19th Amendment.

      • freethought1950

        And the 15th.

  • MekongDelta69

    I know in my heart that everybody on AmRen who went through a “difficult and unstable” period in their lives, immediately went out and married an Ethiopian.

    I mean, c’mon – isn’t that the normal thing to do?!

    • IstvanIN

      I wouldn’t, but then I prefer a girl with a little meat on her bones. And no flies.

    • Luca

      Well for me it was a Nigerian, a Ghanian, 2 Somalis and 3 Congolese, but never, ever, an Ethiopian. There’s just no excuse for that.

      • Adolf Verloc

        Were those all at one time, Luca, or sequential?

  • A Freespeechzone

    The sham marriage is only part of the story; Cylvia has an office in the statehouse and staff; as she runs her consulting business. She is also a Senior Aviisor to Kitzhaber.

    Kitzhaber, in a debate on Friday was asked if a Soecial Investigation would be commissioned to insure no conflicts; he flatly said “NO!”

    Furthermore, he wouldn’t validate whether he would fire her as an advisor.

    This is the governor who wasted $300 Million on Cover Oregon–the failed Obamacare website.

    He supports illegals and ‘dreamers’

    The irony, Kitzhaber will likely win a 4th term.

    • evilsandmich

      Urban Oregonians are weirdos who would probably vote for Joe Stalin if he was on the ballot, just so they could feel ‘trendy’.

      • Evil Sandmich, huh? Were you in St. Louis, Missouri recently? You made the news.

      • IstvanIN

        Don’t they have a statue of mass murderer Lenin?

        • Kenner

          Seattle. It’s in the Fremont hood.

          • none of your business

            So much for the great White North West homeland with Seattle as its outlet to the Pacific.

      • SentryattheGate

        Yeah, they’re so trendy, and ahead of the game, that they’ve already legalized bestiality, years ago!

    • propagandaoftruth

      Hayes has been in a relationship with Kitzhaber for 10 years, and has said she was surprised on this summer’s solstice when the 67-year-old got down on one knee on a sandy bank of the Rogue River to propose. She said Thursday that she was ashamed and embarrassed by her choices and that Kitzhaber learned about her third marriage Wednesday only after she was pressed by news reports.
      1. No fool like an old fool.

      2. Nice family values there. Typical libtardian paradise.

  • dd121

    She didn’t come forward earlier to disclose this. Sounds like the tears are because she got caught.

    • A Freespeechzone

      The Willamette Week newspaper broke the story.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      The governor can say he read about it in the paper yesterday.

      It worked for Obama.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes regularly speaks about her hardscrabble background—a childhood in poverty, her struggle to get through school, and her two marriages before meeting Gov. John Kitzhaber, to whom she is now engaged.

    LOL, must be democrats, if she were a republican, it would be mentioned first in the headline, all caps and in bold print.

    No mention in article = Democrats.

    SOP for media.

    Hayes has been married and divorced three times.

    IIRC, the gov has been married three times too.

    How much was Salvia paid for each of her three previous sham marriages?

    And, does having a “hardscrabble background” allow one to break the law immunity?

    I guess in Oregon, one can be First Lady without actually being married to the governor.

    Yeah, and they think we Californians are screwy.

    • IstvanIN

      Maybe she should be titled “First Squeeze”. Not that the Gov was her first, or second, or third….at 47 I bet she has been behind the barn more than the chickens.

      • awb

        Blacked more time’s than 40 hwy. Missouri joke about wigger women.

    • none of your business

      Cylvia is such a trashy name.

    • In oregon, apparently one can also be a “lady” after engaging in a paid, sham marriage to an Ethiopian.

  • oh man is she trash.
    Marrying Kunte Kinte is never a good idea.

  • John Smith

    Most women with jungle fever spend $2,000 on a Jamaican vacation, this woman made $5,000, she’s a genius.

  • MBlanc46

    I suppose this will be seen as a noble thing in Oregon.

  • Lygeia

    This sounds like an all’s well that ends well.

    Abraham B. Abraham earned a mathematics degree and has a nice middle-class life.

    • Anglokraut

      Except for the sham marriage. That’s still quite illegal.

  • RHG

    It’s obvious she will do anything for a buck,but she will be forgiven because she’s a Democrat. It’s only the Republicans who are “greedy” you know.

  • I feel this is as good an article as any to mention that in places like NYC and other minority cesspools, immigrants who attain citizenship often make good money with sham marriages, arranged by family in whatever 3rd world cesspool they come from originally, and often netting upwards of 10,000 a pop.

  • Malgus

    What in the world is going on out in Oregon?!

    Y’all stay classy, hear?

  • Earl P. Holt III

    This is exactly what Barack Hussein Obama’s “mother” did for his “baby-daddy,” but she had to shop the entire continent of Africa to find someone willing to marry her commie self…

    • none of your business

      Very true. The marriage was more for the purpose of getting the Kenyan a green card so he could stay in the United States than getting a legal Father for her coming baby. Even in 1960 commie girls and their commie parents favored unwed Motherhood and parading proudly around with mulatto babies.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        The REAL (biological) father was Frank Marshall Davis, Soviet spy and ideological mentor of the Bolshevik-in-Chief and his whore of a mother.

        BHO Jr’s baby-momma was afraid that pedigree would cause him to experience discrimination, in contrast to the privileged life that the CPUSA has cultivated for his lying, incompetent, treacherous and traitorous self to live…

        • none of your business

          I know Obamas real father was Frank Marshall Davis best friend of communist grandpa Dunham who raised his daughter to breed with blacks. Check out the pictures of Davis and Obama Sr and Jr on the internet it is obvious who our President’s Father is. That commie girl black man breeding program was rampant in communist circles from about on. Commie and ultra liberal parents encouraged their daughters to breed with black men to produce what we have in the White House, a black messiah.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            The numerous intrigues involved in the birth and early childhood of Barack Hussein Obama remind me of “Rosemary’s Baby,” except that the characters in the film had a lot more charm than those involved in promoting the Real Life Anti-Christ…

          • Earl P. Holt III

            I still think Obama is the Anti-Christ, and his pedigree is somewhat different from the one we have suggested…

  • none of your business

    Today’s revelation is that she was a partner in a purchase of rural land she and partner intended for an illegal marijuana farm.

  • none of your business

    Just check the black box and a degree will be granted without even going to class. And of course he will be hired for a government job in January of his junior year

  • Robbie Cheney

    Thinking Kitzhaber and Hayes are a jewish couple. Marxism is alive and well in the governor’s mansion in Oregon.

  • Al Rex

    Hayes said she was a struggling 29-year-old student when a mutual
    acquaintance proposed the deal to marry Abraham B. Abraham. He was an
    18-year-old, she wrote, who had a shot at a college degree if he could
    gain residency. They met only a few times and never lived together.

    They met only a few times and never lived together.

    She doesn’t want the Governor and the people to know that she slept with a Black man. They married after the ceremony what happened? They said goodby to each other and went to their ways? And they met “only a few times” to do what? To look at each other?