Daily Archives: January 21, 2009

Portland Trib and Zero: Resign Sam**Update! Gay Paper, "Just Out" Calls for Resignation!

Check out Just Out editorial here.
Here’s the nut ‘graf:

The bond of trust and confidence has been broken. Adams has previously stated his hope that gay and lesbian youth might one day look to him as a role model and example. His own actions have now rendered this implausible.

Adams must resign his seat as Portland’s mayor.

Don’t leave this post without seeing the Oregonian’s video below.
Pix of Sam and Breedlove from Willamette Week at the opening of the Nines Hotel.

I asked Mark Zussman, the editor of Willamette Week, the other day if he would call on Sam to resign. The man whose paper broke the story told of how this was a survivable episode and said, ‘No.’ It’s hard to throw your friends under the bus.
Today, however, both the Portland Tribune here and Zero here do.
Nut ‘graf from Trib:

It is disappointing in the extreme to come to the conclusion that Adams must go. When measured by his experience, intelligence, enthusiasm and political skill, Adams is almost certainly the most qualified person in Portland to be mayor — which is why we endorsed him in the 2008 election. But he falls short when it comes to honesty — a trait that cannot ever be dismissed — and by displaying woefully poor judgment in choosing to have an affair with a very young man.

According to the Zero, Adams also lied about actually mentoring the kid he’s accused of having sex with. They met when Beau Breedlove (er, Big Love, see Randy’s story below) was 17, had several meetings, and talked about having a relationship. Three weeks or so after he turned 18 (Sam took a date to the birthday party), they had sex. Now he’s told the Zero that the mentoring story was a sham. Here’s the Zero’s video here. Go to :46 and then 3:59


Oh, and it was just casual sex. Check it out at 4:05

Sam, when I asked the question about under what circumstances you’d consider resigning and you said when you were no longer effective, did it include no confidence votes from the cop shop and two major newspapers?
We’ve got a poll going here.

Best line from a 5th Listener:

Portland is now the only city in Oregon where an eighteen year old can legally have a Sam Adams.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Sam Adams: No Confidence from Police Association

The Police Officers Association has asked Sam Adams to resign. Sam said he’d take a pass on that.
The news conference was quite a show. In 14 years or so that I’ve been back in the People’s Republic , I’ve never seen that many reporters at City Hall. Arrayed against one wall was the contingent from the Zero. Better late than never, I guess. Anna Griffin, David Sarasohn, Jeff Mapes, Steve Duin, Jack Ohman (no idea why) were there to take stock of the proceedings. They got there late and left early (and, as I suspected, got a private meeting with Sam).
The most bizarre questions came from the Indy Media guy (rocking a Barack Obama button) next to the POA secretary.
At one point Mr. Indy Media asked Sam if he’d like to apologize to Amanda Fritz. The rest of us learned why he singled her out when she strode from the wings to the podium and proceeded to tell us that she’d been a psychiatric nurse for 26 years and that people lie all the time and give the guy a break and you’re really screwing up Barack Obama’s inauguration and doggone it why did you break the story now. Silence. Then some courageous (or did I mean comedic) scribe from behind a camera asked, “was there a better day to do this?”

I went to Randy Leonard’s office to get his reaction. Randy’s been Sam’s aide de camp in so many wrong headed ideas and I’d heard that Leonard wanted an “investigation” into the incident that I thought I’d better talk to him.
Aside from the fact that Randy called him “Big Love” as opposed to his name “Breedlove,” (“Aw, what’s the difference?”) he was cranky that Adams had lied to him. Randy wasn’t upset that Sam had apparently been grooming a kid to have sex with, he was upset that Sam had asked the kid to lie. I asked the obvious (I thought) question about the appropriateness and morality of the situation, you know, as a father, and he went off about how it’s immoral that 18 year olds go off to Iraq to serve their country. For Randy apparently a kid willing to serve his country is the same as a kid willing to service the mayor.

Sam says there may be a time when he would consider resigning. That time is not now according to him.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Portland Trib and Zero: Resign Sam**Update! Gay Paper, "Just Out" Calls for Resignation!

Check out Just Out editorial here.
Here’s the nut ‘graf:

The bond of trust and confidence has been broken. Adams has previously stated his hope that gay and lesbian youth might one day look to him as a role model and example. His own actions have now rendered this implausible.

Adams must resign his seat as Portland’s mayor.

Don’t leave this post without seeing the Oregonian’s video below.
Pix of Sam and Breedlove from Willamette Week at the opening of the Nines Hotel.

I asked Mark Zussman, the editor of Willamette Week, the other day if he would call on Sam to resign. The man whose paper broke the story told of how this was a survivable episode and said, ‘No.’ It’s hard to throw your friends under the bus.
Today, however, both the Portland Tribune here and Zero here do.
Nut ‘graf from Trib:

It is disappointing in the extreme to come to the conclusion that Adams must go. When measured by his experience, intelligence, enthusiasm and political skill, Adams is almost certainly the most qualified person in Portland to be mayor — which is why we endorsed him in the 2008 election. But he falls short when it comes to honesty — a trait that cannot ever be dismissed — and by displaying woefully poor judgment in choosing to have an affair with a very young man.

According to the Zero, Adams also lied about actually mentoring the kid he’s accused of having sex with. They met when Beau Breedlove (er, Big Love, see Randy’s story below) was 17, had several meetings, and talked about having a relationship. Three weeks or so after he turned 18 (Sam took a date to the birthday party), they had sex. Now he’s told the Zero that the mentoring story was a sham. Here’s the Zero’s video here. Go to :46 and then 3:59


Oh, and it was just casual sex. Check it out at 4:05

Sam, when I asked the question about under what circumstances you’d consider resigning and you said when you were no longer effective, did it include no confidence votes from the cop shop and two major newspapers?
We’ve got a poll going here.

Best line from a 5th Listener:

Portland is now the only city in Oregon where an eighteen year old can legally have a Sam Adams.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com