SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's chief elections official has rejected a recall petition filed against Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Secretary of State Kate Brown says the petition was filed too soon because elected officials must be six months into their term before recall proceedings can start.
Kitzhaber is facing allegations that his fiancee used the governor's position to land clients for her environmental consulting business.
The recall petition was filed Friday by two advisers to the Republican whom Kitzhaber defeated last year.
Charlie Pearce, who was Republican Dennis Richardson's campaign manager, says he'll continue laying the groundwork for a recall effort in July.
A recall petition would require signatures from 220,000 registered voters within 90 days — a difficult and expensive chore.