Cogen faces pressure to resign after scandal

Cogen faces pressure to resign after scandal

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by Kyle Iboshi, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 8:11 PM

PORTLAND -- Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen is facing growing pressure to resign.

In a recent editorial, The Oregonian called for Cogen to step down.

"It really became difficult for us to think that he could now continue running the county and managing these people," said David Sarasohn of The Oregonian's editorial board.

The state's largest newspaper wrote, "He has engaged recklessly in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, whom he has given preferential treatment."

Cogen responded during an interview with KGW. "I'm not going to throw in the towel," said Cogen.

The embattled county chairman said he's heard from numerous supporters encouraging him to stay in office.

KGW political analyst Len Bergstein believes Cogen can overcome this scandal.

"I think he got a chance to tell his story, and I think he did so in a very compelling, human way," said Bergstein.

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