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Yet Another Sex With An Intern Scandal

There is another big sex scandal with an intern brewing. In Portland, Oregon, new Mayor Sam Adams, who is is openly Gay, confessed that he lied about a relationship with a city hall intern who was just 17 at the time, claiming that the relationship only turned sexual once the young man turned 18. However voter anger and calls for resignation of the mayor are rapidly building.

Adams has lost substantial public support in recent days over the scandal, after winning a recent November easy election victory over a field of weak competition to win the mayor's office. Most local newspapers including the local Gay community, JUST OUT, have all now called for the Adams to resign. And picketers and nasty messages are popping up on the official website run by Adams. What seems to most anger the public is the young age of the intern involved in the scandal when Adams was 42 years old. And unfortunately, the scandal reminds many Portland area voters of the sex scandal with former Mayor Neil Goldschmidt with a 14 year old girl. Goldschmidt was even a member of the Carter administration because of his expertise on transportation issues. But the Goldschmidt scandal was not discovered until long after the statue of limitations for criminal prosecution had passed, so no criminal charges were ever brought against the former mayor and Carter Administration Transportation Secretary.sam-adams-oregon-mayor.jpg

However, as bad as the Adams scandal may appear to be, objectively speaking, Adam still has some factors working in his favor to keep his office. First of all, so far no criminal charges have been brought against Adams, unlike the Governor of Illinois or Larry Craig who are both holding on to their offices despite arrests for claimed misconduct. Secondly, sex scandals can be survivable, as proved by the example of Bill Clinton, where lying about sex may certainly not viewed favorably by the public, however does not make it impossible to wait out a sex scandal and hang on to the office.

Certainly the Mayor is now damaged goods. And it seems more than hypocritical that on Adams own website that he once complained about a number of adult entertainment businesses such as strip clubs he noticed during a long walk through a downtown Portland neighborhood. Adams seemed to be creating a phony moralistic public image for himself while concealing his secret tawdry relationship with the young intern.

A number of protests outside of the Portland, Oregon city hall are expected today. But whether this will be enough to force Adams from office yet remains to be seen. Adams might be able to survive this scandal, however there are calls for Oregon's Attorney General to investigate this scandal, and unless some charges are filed, Adams could just pull out a "Bill Clinton" and wait for his critics to tire out and outlast this scandal. But certainly none of this is good or helps to inspire much faith in local government. Intern sex scandals are never a good thing, nationally or locally, straight or Gay.

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Thanks Paul. The Portland voters should be mad at themselves, and the local papers, for not making this a bigger issue during the election.


What gets me is that he originally lied, a couple of years ago. And he admits he lied then,

Ok, what else has he lied about? And isn't admitting that he lied on anything else. This is typical of all elected critters. I say BS, resign for the best of the city. He can no longer be trusted.

But then again, what do you expect from a city that is a sanctuary city? Personally I think its funny as all hell. You idiots voted him into office, now live with it.

Hello Epador and Allen. What really worked in Adams advantage was when a political opponent(also a Gay community businessman) raised this issue back during the primary, the press largely ran to defend Adams calling it dirty politics to bring up this intern issue because at the time there wasn't the evidence to back up the story. So the press plus the lies of Adams quickly dampened down this story for a few months.

Adams also lucked out because his main primary opponent was a Japanese-American businessman who was afraid to spend much money to campaign and was only half serious about really wanting the office.

But a serious red flag that Adams was a poor choice for mayor came when the current mayor, Tom Potter, who was also the former Portland, Oregon Chief Of Police and a political liberal himself failed to endorse Adams for mayor and instead urged support for Dozono.

But ultimately it was the liberal WILLAMETTE WEEK newspaper that ran a story that undid Adams. Now Adams has been in hiding for at least three days and is considering whether to resign or not.

The real problem with Adams is that he is a young guy who is probably way in over head as mayor anyway. He was the former city commissioner whose duties included street repairs and he seemed to advocate for crazy items like speed bumps on 30 mph streets instead of just reducing the speed to 25mph, and other projects instead of fixing massive potholes and other serious repair problems that can cause accidents for motorcyclists or bicycles or damage car suspension parts.

Adams was always an accidental mayor in my view. He ran against such weak primary opponents that it opened a clear path for him despite his being a political lightweight. And when the press like KGW quickly moved to defend Adams from the intern story back in the Spring, it only helped to encourage the election of a weak and flawed candidate for mayor when a good election with some worthy candidates might have produced a far better mayor. Many liberals mistakenly assumed that Adams was the better choice over Dozono and likely helped to make this election a clear mistake. Some times the wrong man gets elected, not the best man. There is no doubt in my mind that Dozono was a far better business manager than Adams, but he really needed to want the office more than he did. But Dozono also failed to appoint effective campaign managers, so that did raise some question whether he does know how to effectively delegate responsibility or not. What is probably needed is a new election with a far better field of candidates to produce a half decent mayor for this large American city.


RE: "Adam still has some factors working in his favor to keep his office"

You failed to mention the strongest factor: he's a democrat.

RE: President Clinton

President Clinton didn't just have a sex scandal: he committed a felony in front of a judge on video tape. That act is an example of the Executive branch of government using perjury to obstruct the lawful operations of a part of the Judicial branch of government.

Kevino, the Portland mayor's office is a nonpartisan office. You can't hang this crazy Adams scandal on the Democrats.


just because the office is non-partisan does not mean that the person holding it is. what is his political agenda? who are his allies? what political parties has he been involved in? answer these questions and tell me what you see

Hi Ke. As I mentioned before, Adams ran against a weak field of candidates and was an incumbent city commissioner, and his main opponent, a Japanese-American businessman was afraid to spend much money campaigning and only half wanted the office. So to many Portlanders, Adams looked like the most serious candidate. However I wasn't taken in by that myself, and I didn't vote for him personally.



The fact is simply this: the man is a democrat. And because he's a democrat, he gets much better treatment from his party, the MSM, and others.

Another example, about the time that Mayor Giuliani was going through his messy divorce, the press went to great lengths to highlight his party affiliation. It was interesting because almost at the same time the Mayor of Miami was in legal trouble for beating his wife. There were some pretty nasty pictures of her bruised face that few in the MSM had the guts to prit. But what was really amazing was that Giuliani's troubles were at-or-near front-page news; while the Mayor of Miami's problems were buried in the back pages, and nowhere that I saw was his party affiliation stated. And of course when Giuliani became "America's Mayor" after 9/11, his party affiliation was carefully removed by the MSM.

Lee Ward:

You need to factor in the hypocrisy aspect, kevino.

When a staunch conservative gets caught playing footsy in the men's room, that tends to get more play because of the gross hypocrisy of the situation.

I call it the "Guffaw Factor" -When a liberal gets caught in that kind of situation it's a "sheesh" - when a Republican gets caught in that kind of situation it's a "you're friggin' kidding me?"

Reverend Ted Haggard - Major Guffaw.
Senator Larry Craig - Major Guffaw.


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