Recall effort against Portland mayor fails

Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - A group trying to recall Portland's mayor over a sex scandal failed to gather enough signatures by Monday's deadline, but said they would try again.

Organizers of the Community to Recall Sam Adams said they did not have the 32,000 valid signatures required to put a recall on the ballot. They said they planned to use what they have so far to create a database for the next campaign, rather than submitting them to elections officials.

Jasun Wurster started the recall campaign after Adams admitted to lying about his sexual relationship with a former legislative intern who was a teenager at the time.

The admission, made shortly after Adams took office in January, resulted in an investigation by the Oregon attorney general's office that concluded there was no credible evidence the openly gay mayor began a sexual relationship with Beau Breedlove in 2005 before the intern turned 18.

The scandal also prompted a number of editorials in various newspapers urging Adams to resign.

After failing to collect enough signatures for a recall, Wurster on Monday said a political action committee called Portland Future PAC has been formed with promises from some business leaders for about $150,000 to pay for a new recall campaign.

"It should be only a week or two to secure those commitments and get them filed with the state, and get those checks entered into our bank account," Wurster said. "Then we will launch the new recall."

Wurster declined to say who was contributing until the checks are cashed, partly "so Adams doesn't have a chance to go back behind and undermine commitments."

But Wurster said the promises to fund a new recall came from people who feel that Adams "doesn't have the leadership to pull Portland out of the economic turmoil that we're in."

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