June 2nd, 2009 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall, CLEAN UP

'Mexico with Sam': Breedlove's Stalking Petition and The Oregonian's Question


In the weeks since the Sam Adams-Beau Breedlove scandal broke, some of the most persistent rumors involve buzz about a trip Adams may have taken to Mexico.

One of those rumors has now surfaced in a court document: specifically, Breedlove's May 28 petition unsuccessfully seeking a stalking order in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Oregonian reporter Brent Walth.

In the petition (PDF), Breedlove quotes a text message Walth allegedly sent Breedlove May 27 at 5:58 p.m.:
"Mexico with Sam. Don't recall that in your story, beau."

Breedlove says in his petition that Walth sent the same message again three minutes later.

Breedlove also wrote that he was upset by those messages because of an earlier text exchange he had with Walth on May 4. In those messages, Breedlove says he asked Walth to correct information in one of Walth's stories.

Five days before, on April 30, Walth co-wrote a story in The O about frequent phone calls between Adams and Breedlove when Breedlove was still 17. That story also reported on allegations that Breedlove and Adams had sex in a City Hall men's room, also possibly when Breedlove was 17.

On his requests for a correction, Breedlove says Walth "responded by evading any decision to correct the information."

Instead, Breedlove quotes Walth as sending the following text:
"First order of business: You need to speak to the problems with your story."

Breedlove says at that point, he asked Walth not to contact him again.

Judge Pro Tem Steven Todd denied Breedlove's petition May 29, saying his concerns didn't meet the requirements for issuing a no-contact order.

Walth referred all questions to Oregonian executive editor Peter Bhatia, who has not yet returned a phone message seeking comment.

Adams spokesman Roy Kaufmann also has not yet returned a phone message for comment.

Although the petition was denied, it also introduced other new information about Breedlove. He lists his race in the filing as "Native American."

Breedlove also has not yet returned a phone message seeking comment.
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