In this letter
to Just Out
, former Mayor Tom Potter may have breathed some life into the effort to recall his successor, Mayor Sam Adams. Potter, a former police chief, may not have lit the city on fire during his one term that ended in 2008. But he retained a strong reputation for integrity.
And he has also, until now, refrained from commenting extensively (he did announce his support for the recall on Facebook
) on Adams' dalliance with then-teenaged legislative intern Beau Breedlove. That reticence makes Potter's decision to speak now all the more noteworthy.
Here's an excerpt from Potter's letter:
During his time as City Commissioner and Mayor, Sam Adams has demonstrated his serious lack of judgment, a complete lack of integrity, his serial lying to win an election, and his callous disregard for others.
My support for Mayor Adams' recall is not about his actions with Beau Breedlove, because we may never have the complete information as to whether or not he committed any criminal act(s) with Beau. This is not about the Mayor's sexual orientation. The only person I know who used his sexual orientation as an argument in this issue is the Mayor himself.
What this issue is about for me is the Mayor's attempt to deny and cover up his actions with Beau before and after Beau turned 18. He lied to us all in order to win an election. He made false accusations about a gay man's integrity while cloaked in self-righteousness. In the attempt to cover up his involvement, he lied right up to the time he recognized he could no longer hide the truth. He demonstrated a serious lack of integrity and ethical behavior. His actions caused many Portlanders to distrust him, and he was shunned by politicians at the state and national level. He was not invited to local events which necessitated other elected leaders filling in for him. Most every major print media has called for his resignation, including Just Out. He caused a division within the gay community in Portland and across the country that still sits heavy with us today. Today, there are many people who are afraid to speak out against Mayor Adams, yet feel they were duped by him.