Gov. John Kitzhaber really, really wanted Portland lawyer Elisa Dozono to chair the Oregon Lottery Commission.
Like many politicians, Kitzhaber has a love-hate relationship with gambling—he's decried the harmful effects gambling has on Oregonians but knows the state is addicted to the more than $500 million Lottery puts into state coffers every year.
As WW reported earlier, Kitzhaber's first attempt to nominate Dozono, a Portland lawyer with an extensive political and communications background, to the Lottery Commission met with resistance. Some lawmakers worried because the law firm Dozono works for, Miller Nash, represents Dotty's Deli, the largest Lottery retailer, and that would create at least the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Among other things, for example, Dotty's and the Lottery have battled over the concentration of Lottery retailers on Hayden Island.
âI have every confidence in Elisa to bring steady leadership to the Commission,â Kitzhaber said in a statement. âHer experience with a wide variety of issues affecting the state will be a valuable addition to the Commissionâs important work on behalf of Oregonians.ââ¨ â¨