June 19th, 2009 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Sports, City Hall

Breaking: Randy Leonard Now To Vote Against Soccer Deal

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Commissioner Randy Leonard says this afternoon he will now vote against his own ordinance resolution (PDF) to move forward on the Major League Soccer deal after Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson's announcement today that he will pull out of the Lents stadium proposal for minor-league baseball.

Leonard says he was embarrassed by the reception Paulson got in Lents last night, but suggested that Paulson calm down and re-think his decision.

"He needs to go home, have a sauna, take a deep breath and recant," Leonard said.

UPDATED with more from Leonard:

Leonard says Paulson made him a promise when Leonard committed to decoupling the revamp of PGE Park for Major League Soccer from the effort to find a new home for the Beavers. Paulson's promise, Leonard says, was that he would let the Lents process go through.

And while Leonard says he understands Paulson was unfairly targeted last night at the Lents meeting with catcalls, boos and calls for him to "get out of Portland," he said today that he considers Paulson to have broken his word to him.
 
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