February 25th, 2009 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Adams Admission Reaction: Critics Take Aim At Mayor's Peers


Four citizens showed up at City Council's weekly session this morning to ask Mayor Sam Adams to resign, in what's become a regularevent since Adams admitted on Jan. 19 that he'd lied about having a sexual relationship with then teen-aged Beau Breedlove in 2005

Today's testifiers were more measured than in previous weeks (video will be archived here later today).

And while seemingly not coordinated, each of them (One person scheduled to speak, Rachelle Allen, submitted written testimony) focused some attention on Adams' four council colleagues, calling on them to hold Adams accountable. The four city commissioners, who appear evenly split on their feelings about Adams, listened stone-faced.

Among local politicians—or former politicians—so far, former state Sen. Avel Gordly (D-Northeast Portland), who retired last year, has been the most vocal in calling for Adams' ouster. In a recent interview with the Portland Observer, Gordly amplified remarks she'd made previously to WW and called directly for Adams' resignation.

During her 17-year legislative career, Gordly, the first African-American woman to serve in the Oregon Senate, was sometimes called the "conscience" of that body.

Click here for the latest updates and complete WW coverage of the Adams-Breedlove story.
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