Ten days after forming a political fundraising committee, and after a weekend of bad press inspired by his own misleading remarks involving a rape investigation allegedly delayed by the Occupy Portland protests, not to mention a viral Oregonian photo of an officer pepper-spraying a demonstrator in the face, Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Reese announced this afternoon that he will not run for mayor.
Here is Reese's statement, via the PPB:
After careful consideration, I've decided that I can best serve the community and the Portland Police Bureau by remaining the Chief of Police. I will not be a candidate for Mayor. I appreciate the kind words of support and encouragement that have been offered to me these past few weeks. It has been humbling to say the least to hear these positive comments.
Running for political office is a time-consuming and daunting task. I wish all the candidates the best as they move forward with their campaigns.
Chief Mike Reese