Prominent Portland real-estate investor and gay-rights pioneer Terry
Bean goes on trial next month in Lane County on felony charges of having
sex with a then-15-year-old boy.
Yet despite Bean's legal troubles, the Democratic Party of Multnomah
County is embracing him. On Aug. 13, the party accepted a $5,000
donation from Bean. That's the largest political donation he's made to an Oregon candidate or campaign since at least 2006.
The Multnomah County Democrats are also holding a golf
tournament next month to honor "Hero of the Year" Bill Dickey, a longtime party stalwart and the owner of Morel Ink, a printing company that produces mail for Democratic candidates and causes. "The MultDems and Basic Rights Oregon
have joined forces to honor a man who truly personifies all that is
good," reads the invitation to the event.
And the official VIP party?
It's Sept. 10 at Bean's house—nine days after his sex-crimes trial is
scheduled to begin.
Multnomah County Dems spokeswoman Sue Hagmeier says the party is comfortable accepting Bean's money and hospitality. "He's a friend of the party," Hagmeier says. "He's been accused of something that is a lurid crime, but he's only been accused, not convicted. If he were convicted, we'd take another look."