Jesse Cornett, a founder of the blog Blue Oregon, former Portland State University lobbyist and former City Council candidate-turned publican is closing down his bar, the Guild Public House, located at 1011 East Burnside.
Here's the email Cornett, who used public financing to challenge incumbent Commissioner Dan Saltzman in 2010, sent out today:
Thank you for your ongoing support of The Guild. Weâd like for you to be of the first to know that weâve made the difficult decision to close the business at the end of the month. After nearly a year in business, weâve realized that weâre unable to continue the business if weâre going to have the lives we value. Iâve joked many times that the MPA I earned in grad school doesnât stand for Master of Pub Administration. I miss the ability to work to support causes that help the public good and look forward to returning to my passion, regardless of whether I remain in the private sector or return to the public realm. Molly does great work supporting those in need and our closure will mean that she can have greater focus and less distraction. Weâre not going out without a bang and look forward to several events this month, most of which we told you about earlier this week. I hope youâll visit our Facebook page to check out what we have going on and come on in and help us finish off the month strong. The Grand Finale doubles as my 36th birthday celebration on October 29th. Weâll be open from 4-late. We hope you can join us. Weâll have tasty munchies and fire sale drink specials. And itâs Halloween weekend so costumes are welcomed and encouraged. Warm Regards, Jesse Cornett