Blogger Jack Bogdanski alerted
readers today of an alleged poll that appears to be aimed at gauging and perhaps rallying support for embattled Mayor Sam Adams.
spoke to the person who tipped Bogdanski to the poll. That person requested anonymity but reiterated that the questions seemed to be directed at strengthening public perception of the mayor, who races a recall effort that kicked off
earlier this week.
It remains unclear exactly who is behind the poll. Mayoral spokesman Roy Kaufmann proved to be less than a fountain of information when asked about it.
"State election law prohibits any city staff member from devoting city time or resources to a pending election measure. As such, I can't comment. Thanks," Kaufmann wrote in an email this afternoon.
Two other interesting points: According to the person who was polled, the questions came from the Nevada office of McGuire Research. The same company's controversial
poll played a major role in the 2008 mayoral race. It is likely that McGuire is a contractor to a pollster who designed questions and is working for somebody in Portland.
The second point: Adams does not have any money in his campaign coffers
to pay for a poll. No doubt we'll be hearing more about who does in coming days.