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Oregon secretary of state calls meeting with governor 'strange'

Oregon's secretary of state says she had a private conversation with embattled Gov. John Kitzhaber that was "strange" and contradictory and that she is ready to take over as governor should he resign over an ethics scandal.

Kate Brown says the governor had asked her to fly back to Oregon from a conference in Washington, D.C. But in a statement issued Thursday, she said when she arrived, he asked why she had returned.

Brown said she found question "strange" and it's "clearly a bizarre and unprecedented situation."

She said Kitzhaber told her he's not resigning, but then began a discussion about a transition.

Brown would become governor if Kitzhaber steps aside in the wake of influence-peddling allegations involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant.

— Associated Press