Portland’s Gay Paper Calls On Mayor Sam Adams to Resign, Dept. of Justice Launches Investigation

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While it’s not too surprising that The Oregonian, Portland’s largest mainstream paper, called for Mayor Sam Adams to resign — “We submit that it is not in the city’s interest to have a mayor who cannot vouch for his own character under fire. He should resign” — the fact that Portland’s largest gay paper, Just Out, hopped on board the Adams resignation bus might raise some eyebrows.

The paper wrote late yesterday:

Just Out acknowledges that over his two decades as a public servant Adams has risen to become one of Oregon’s most revered openly gay leaders. This publication has long admired Adams’ vision, his intelligence and his tenacity. Ultimately we have concluded that these qualities cannot overcome the weakness revealed in Adams’ recent admission.

Adams’ apology of yesterday, including specific reference to the gay community, while sincere, is not enough. 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.”

Things are not looking good for the openly-gay mayor, whose career this website compared to a storybook tale just this month.

Well, the dream’s become a nightmare as the newly-elected mayor’s sex life has been put on display once he was forced to reveal that the relationship he had with 18-year-old legislative intern Beau Breedlove had in fact, despite his vehement arguments during the the election that nothing inappropriate happened, turned sexual.

The chief of police and district attorney have asked Oregon Attorney General John Kroger to investigate any potential wrongdoings, prompting an official investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice. The mayor, who only a day ago said he would not resign, is now claiming that he has not made a decision one way or the other.