Last week, mayoral runner-up Sarah Iannarone announced she was forming a political action committee aimed at "forwarding progressive solutions" on which she campaigned. This week, Portland lawyer Alan Kessler, a fervent Iannarone supporter, announced he's established another PAC, "Total Recall."
That committee, Kessler says, will try to gather enough voter signatures to recall Mayor Ted Wheeler, who won reelection to a second term in November, and Commissioner Dan Ryan, who won a special election in August.
Kessler and his allies took offense that Ryan joined Wheeler and Commissioner Amanda Fritz earlier this month in voting against Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty's proposal for a midyear, $18 million cut to the Portland Police Bureau's budget.
Oregon law says elected officials must serve six months of their current terms before being subject to recall. Then, a campaign has 90 days after filing the required paperwork to gather 35,925 signatures to put a recall on the ballot.
"I voted for Dan Ryan because he led me to believe he was a staunch advocate for police reform," Kessler said in a statement. "After his refusal to vote for Commissioner Hardesty's budget reduction amendment, I feel betrayed. I want my vote back. I want an apology."