News outlets are starting to explode with speculation that Kitzhaber may be making plans to leave office as he cancelled a planned event for this weekend and Kate Brown is making a sudden change in plans to return to Oregon ASAP. So, if this happens and we end up with Brown as our new Governor, what impact might this have on any planned anti-gun legislation this session? Will it damage chances due to folks having perhaps little faith in a Governor that wasn't elected to be Governor? Keep a close eye on this one. His attorney said Kitz has no plans to leave office, at least he hopes he'll stay in office Odd comment from him, he doesn't sound 100% certain: http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/02/reports_sweep_salem_that_john.html#incart_2box Gov. John Kitzhaber's private attorney, Jim McDermott, on Wednesday sought to tamp down a flurry of speculation that the governor was planning to resign. "I have every reason to believe the governor will stay in office," McDermott said in a telephone interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive. "As a citizen and his lawyer, I certainly hope and expect he will be staying in office. Speculation about the governor's future was fueled Wednesday morning after Secretary of State Kate Brown cut short a trip to Washington, D.C. to return to Oregon. The governor's office has not responded to requests for comment about whether he was getting ready to leave office amid controversy over fiancee Cylvia Hayes' consulting contracts and how he and his aides handled them. Brown's spokesman, Tony Green, pointedly did not say why she was returning early to Oregon. Politicians on both sides reported hearing rumors of a pending resignation, which dominated conversations inside the Capitol. Kitzhaber has stayed out of public sight but his office cancelled his plans to celebrate the state's birthday on Saturday at a tree-planting in Tigard.