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"If you like the status quo, look to my opponent"

How long can Sam the Tram get away with painting himself as some sort of outsider? How many years has he drawn his paycheck at Portland City Hall? It's really absurd.

And, alas, typical.

Comments (27)

And how long will Sho Donozo get away with pretending to be some small local businessman running for mayor, instead of being a millionaire who would rather risk taxpayer money on his Potter-encouraged folly than a dime of his own cash?

We know Sam Adams' salary comes for local taxes. Where does Dozono's big checks come from? Let Sho show us how transparent he really is. Show us the money!

Why not show Adams as someone who would rather risk taxpayer money on his streetcar-encouraged folly?

Adams is getting to be such a self-caricature its making Portland look bad that we even take him seriously.

I'm a taxpayer - Show us the money he blows!

Just so everyone knows, "Shadow" is a city employee, probably from the Police Bureau, who incessantly posts negative material against Tom Potter on this blog every time the mayor's name is mentioned. Since Potter is supporting Dozono, now every time we mention Dozono, I guess we can expect "Shadow" to spend some taxpayer dollars posting something nasty from his city computer.

Sad, really.

""Shadow" is a city employee,"

Geez, between him/her and torridjoe posting every 5 minutes at BlueOregon, doesnt anybody in city gov have enough to do?

Let us not forget that Sam Adams has filed for bankruptcy on two (2) occasions. How fitting that he wants to be mayor of our debt-ridden town. Things must look very good from the Tram.

I don't like the status quo.

You are the status quo, Sam.

I wish to change that. We need to repair the damage you've done.

When I read Sam Adams saying his opponent was the staus quo I thought well yeah OK.

But Sam, you represent the expansion and worsening of the the staus quo in every way.

Adams has more gaul than brains or honesty.

Vote for Sho if only to show Sam the door.

And just maybe Sho will make Sam's status quo take a time out from his fiscal free falling lunacy.

Sam Adams filed for bankruptcy twice? Holy cow! What's that about?

Okay, first Sam suggests that Sho is more of an insider because he his older and, therefore, must have spent more time in City Hall than Sam (a City Hall employee for the last 12-16 years) has. A really dubious, if not outright inane claim to make. But then Sam says later in the debate (according to the linked O' article) that Sho is an outsider, because he moved to Portland only in recent years and has been a Washington County resident.

Yet Sam is Vera Katz' pool b..., I mean lap d..., I mean former Chief of Staff and Vera was probably the ultimate insider of city and state political machinery. Not only that, every article where Vera is quoted about Adams, she seems to fawn over her prodigal child with pride.

I'm also curious about the two bankruptcies. A search only revealed the Feb 18 article in the Trib about Sam's alleged "push poll" in which subjects were asked about what they thought of (paraphrasing) 'Sam having filed bankruptcy due to a back injury, and later paying back his debt, even though he didn't have to.' Does anybody have the scoop on the two bankruptcies allegation?

I think this is that rare example when more acrimony in politics could help. We're too damn polite about what's happened to Portland. Sho's right about Sam's "pet projects" getting in the way of basic services. Deal with it.
Sam's best chance is to take the criticism out of the debate and go with the old Portland politeness. I'm sorry but when I see those huge buildings going up at South Waterfront it looks like we're building Portland's mausoleum. These are perilous times. They should be explored in an energetic manner and that sometimes means less manners.
I'll tell you one thing for sure: When Sam tries to sell this ridiculous outsider bit, we shouldn't be too polite to laugh.


100% agreement.

Sam has been inside the City Hall building for almost 16 years, and he claims he's the "outsider" and he's here to "shake things up"?? He used that same line three years ago when he ran against Fish. Sho, you can be civil, but don't let Sam get away with those lines; and you are right in mentioning Sam's" "pet projects" preceding "basic services". I don't understand how the O interprets this as "personal" or not "playing nice". Its the truth.

Sho, here's a few nice question for Sam the Tram.

Ask him why he didn't support Mayor Potter's city council request for an audit of the tram.

Ask Sam why he never responds to the question of why his lobby and receiving from 2007 ODOT gas taxes of $138 Million in bike, pedestrian, walking trails, and mass transit education/incentive programs- why some of it couldn't go to his claimed yearly shortfall of $7M to maintain streets.

They are polite questions. Let's get to the issues.

So I see that public funding for Sho Dozono's campaign will be withdrawn per the administrative judge's ruling. Please Sho, do not give up the fight because this city cannot survive a Sam Adams reign. Even though Sam claims he is a breath of fresh air at city hall he is wrong. The city is now beginning to pay the consequences of what city hall has been doing, or mostly not doing for the last sixteen years, during which Sam Adams was an influential staffer at city hall.

So that everyone know, there's no waste of public time or computer use. The Shadow has shared with Jack a few of the truths and photos Potter would never want to have made public. We keep his secrets for his family's sake.

Okay Jack, you can delete this now.

Actually, I think I'll leave it up and see if the Mayor's office can track you down and call you on the carpet.

"So that everyone know, there's no waste of public time or computer use."

Lessee, sounds like torridjoe and screws around like torridjoe on taxpayer time, glad to see my tax dollars at work.

I have only heard about Adams declaring bankruptcy once, by incurring massive healthcare bills while uninsured.

What was the other occasion?

I'm sure Potter and family really would enjoy a feature article of his secrets and lies from a good source in the Willamette Week and Oregonian. That's the outcome our being exposed "on the carpet" will bring. That's a guarantee.

You can then take full credit for his public disgrace while in office.

If you're so tough, how about giving us your name and badge number? The brotherhood is not that strong, apparently.

I think by two bankruptcies for Adams, they mean (1) economic bankruptcy and (2) moral bankruptcy. Yeah, I said it, but you were thinking it all along. :)

"You can then take full credit for his public disgrace while in office."

You screw around on taxpayer time running interference for Sam Adams and this exposes Potter how?

Or is this the time-honored union tradition of hit one of us and we'll hit two of you? It seems to have given Randy a pretty secure livelihood.

I think by two bankruptcies for Adams, they mean (1) economic bankruptcy and (2) moral bankruptcy.

Of course, "moral bankruptcy" implies some sort of pre-bankruptcy morality.

So Sho has it right? Ditch the "pet projects" for basic services? Well that sure makes sense. Let's see, look how we have wasted public money over the years - the tram, Vera's eastside walkway, the 40-mile loop, Rose Quarter, the transit mall, Tom McCall Waterfront park, Pittock Mansion, Forest Park, the list goes on and on.

And in other cities, too: look at the wasted money on the Space Needle, the St. Louis Arch, NY Central Park, the Effel Tower, etc, etc.

If we had only used that money for basic services, why we would have the smoothest street in the world!

Go Sho! Show 'em how to really build a quality city!

Does Commish Sam have any statistics showing how many tourists come to Portland to see the Tram? Minor oversight, I'm sure.

Gosh, Gerry, you really are an idiot.

Half the things you list were built with private, not public funds. Many were built for one time expositions.

And are you claiming one or more of these makes for a quality city? Like St. Louis is hopping right now?

I don't really care for either Sam or Sho, but want Sho to stay in so it isn't a cake walk for Sam. Either way I'm not confident things will change until Randy is also gone and we have some fresh meat in the city council.


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