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The Oregon Constitution would put Bev Clarno in the Governors mansion on a Kate Brown recall

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Here’s how I read it. There is nothing in there about whether Secretary of State is appointed or not, but what matters is whether the Secretary of State is “acting” or sworn in as the full
Secretary of State. Bev Clarno is NOT an “acting” Secretary of State….she is the sworn in, full Secretary of State.
(WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS, ARTICLE V, SEC 8a) “In case of the removal from office of the Governor…. the Secretary of State….shall become Governor until the disability be removed, or a Governor be elected at the next general biennial election.
This is the part that is confusion.  Only a Secretary of State appointed as “acting secretary of state” (for disability) .  Clarno is NOT acting secretary of state…and she is instead SECRETARY OF STATE.
 ….in the event of a disability of the Governor, to be Acting Secretary of State or Acting State Treasurer until the disability be removed. The person so appointed shall not be eligible to succeed to the office of Governor by automatic succession under this section during the term of his appointment.[1]


Text of Section 8a:Vacancy in Office of Governor

In case of the removal from office of the Governor, or of his death, resignation, or disability to discharge the duties of his office as prescribed by law, the Secretary of State; or if there be none, or in case of his removal from office, death, resignation, or disability to discharge the duties of his office as prescribed by law, then the State Treasurer; or if there be none, or in case of his removal from office, death, resignation, or disability to discharge the duties of his office as prescribed by law, then the President of the Senate; or if there be none, or in case of his removal from office, death, resignation, or disability to discharge the duties of his office as prescribed by law, then the Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall become Governor until the disability be removed, or a Governor be elected at the next general biennial election. The Governor elected to fill the vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired term of the outgoing Governor. The Secretary of State or the State Treasurer shall appoint a person to fill his office until the election of a Governor, at which time the office so filled by appointment shall be filled by election; or, in the event of a disability of the Governor, to be Acting Secretary of State or Acting State Treasurer until the disability be removed. The person so appointed shall not be eligible to succeed to the office of Governor by automatic succession under this section during the term of his appointment.[1]

 

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