January 22nd, 2009 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall, CLEAN UP

Adams' Admission Reaction: Basic Rights Oregon Says Mayor Shouldn't Resign

Jeana Frazzini

Basic Rights Oregon executive director Jeana Frazzini told WWIre this afternoon that the GLBT rights group wants Mayor Sam Adams to stay on the job.

Her comments echo the group's statement yesterday calling Adams' lies about his sexual relationship with 18-year-old Beau Breedlove "disappointing." But they go beyond the group's earlier stance, which took no position on whether Adams should resign before it concluded with the statement, "The question now is whether Sam can rebuild trust with Portland voters. That will determine his path forward. He's going to have to work hard at it, and only time will tell."

Frazzini said the earlier conclusion that Adams must rebuild trust with voters remains true, but that BRO's board "took a couple of deep breaths and took a couple of steps back" in now stating affirmatively that Adams shouldn't resign.

"We condemn what he did, but we support him going forward," Frazzini said. "Emotions are high and the disappointment is palpable ... but the time has come for cooler heads to prevail."
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