July 29th, 2009 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: City Hall, CLEAN UP

Leonard: I Am Not Sam's Mouthpiece

Randy Leonard

Jasun Wurster provoked an almost teary response from Commissioner Randy Leonard this morning after Wurster, head of the campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams, addressed City Council earlier today.

Wurster has addressed council many times during the public comment period at the beginning of the regular Wednesday morning session. His three minutes of testimony are typically earnest displays of his ideas about good government.

This morning he cut to the chase.

"Randy, please stop being Sam's mouthpiece," Wurster said. "Sam, just resign."

Leonard, who's not known for keeping his thoughts to himself, availed himself of the opportunity to respond with a long story about his grandmother's church, the nature of his friendship with the mayor and his willingness to accept Adams' apologies.

Adams appeared grateful but remained silent during the awkward exchange.

"I am not Sam's mouthpiece," Leonard said. "Sam asked me for his forgiveness and I gave it to him."

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