January 25th, 2009 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall, CLEAN UP

Adams' Admission Reaction: Attempts at Redemption Begin on a Sunday

Mayor Sam Adams issued a statement Sunday night and posted it along with a video message on his City of Portland website:
Tomorrow, I go back to work as your mayor. I know I have made big mistakes. I know I have let you down. And I ask for your forgiveness.

I believe I still have a very positive contribution to make -- to put to work the 20 years of public service to the good of Portland. And as I do this, I pledge to you: I will work harder than I have ever worked before to make sure Portland meets our challenges.

The announcement, expected today since this morning, comes nearly a week after the newly sworn-in mayor admitted to WW Monday he had lied during his recent mayoral campaign about the sexual nature of his relationship with Beau Breedlove in 2005, when the young man was 18 and the mayor was then a city commissioner. In addition, the mayor admitted Monday to having asked Breedlove to lie in 2007 about their relationship, which they both then called platonic.

Sunday's message from the mayor also comes on the same day the Oregonian revealed new information, based on an extensive interview with Breedlove, that Adams and Breedlove kissed twice when Breedlove was 17, including once in a bathroom at City Hall.

On Tuesday, at a press conference billed as a public apology, the 45-year-old mayor said his relationship with Breedlove was not sexual until Breedlove turned 18. On Saturday he told the Oregonian kissing did not constitute "sexual contact."

Commissioner Amanda Fritz, pictured above (at left) with Adams at his Tuesday press conference, issue an online statement as well Sunday. "I will get back to work with Sam Adams as Mayor, to deal with the major challenges facing Portland today," she writes.
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