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Where is Mike Schrunk?

Let's see. The mayor of Portland admits having sex with an intern who had just turned 18. He also admits attending the boy's 18th birthday party in Salem. He also admits having repeated contact with the boy when the boy was 17. A media outlet reports that the mayor and his political advisor later coached the boy about what to say about their "relationship."

Grounds for a criminal investigation? Given the track record of the county d.a.'s office, the answer is far from clear.

I remember when former Mayor and Governor Neil Goldschmidt admitted his years of statutory rape. The d.a. said he still thought Goldschmidt had something to offer us all as a public figure.

Which is why one might not expect anything from that office on this one.

Perhaps Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman might have a detective or two take a look at the facts. Unless he has a reason not to.

Comments (40)

From Mark Wiener's official bio:

"He has also won wide respect for his extensive experience in issue marketing: positioning elected officials and organizations on subjects including child abuse...."

At least the Mayor of Racine, WI., had the decency to resign after he was just busted for trying to set-up a meeting with an underage girl.

As an independent voter who is center-right, but pleased with Obama's initial cabinet choices, I am watching how Progressives and Liberals either accept and excuse his behavior, or reject his behavior.

No, not the sex part, but rather:
-the lies
-the sex between a mentor and a very young person being mentored
-the embarrassment brought onto the gay community
-the rank hypocracy


Here is Sam's quote at the time:
"This is one of the worst smears you can make against a gay guy. It preys on the homophobic stereotype that gay men cannot be trusted with young people."

So, what will it be? Acceptance and Excuse it, or reject it?

If the County D.A. doesnt do anything, can our new AG?

Packwood wasn't allowed to remain in the Senate......should Adams remain?
I hate liars.

"Packwood wasn't allowed to remain in the Senate......should Adams remain?
I hate liars."

This is because he faced censure in the Senate.

If you are a Senator, and censured, you're done. That's it.

Unfortunately, Scam Adams faces no such issue from his sycophantic city council. Neither is he beholden to the voters until either we get enough signatures to fire him (in June), or he tries to get re-elected. Just look at Grampy Potter - he took his ball and went home a year ago.

Unless the Portland news media starts doing their job, Sam will enjoy his full term.

As a gay man, Sam, I want to say thanks.

Thanks for validating my decision to vote for anyone but you last November following your transportation spending bill antics.

Thanks for stepping up and showing us your moral fundamentals before the first month of your term is out.

Thanks for taking the high road and pressuring teenagers to lie so that you can avoid the appearance of being a slimeball.

Thanks for assailing the legitimacy of stereotypes by doing precisely what they predicted you would anyway.

Thanks for helping the homophobes out there to paint me with the same broad brush that you rightly earned.

Thanks in advance for coming to the realization that you're a disgrace that doesn't come close to representing the true nature of Portlanders...

...and thanks very much in advance for resigning. Now.

Adams keeps adding to his lying as the minutes pass.

In his 1:00 news conference he stated that he came forward on his own initiative to come clean about this whole affair. He knows that is a lie because WW's meeting with him last Thursday where Nigel displayed all the evidence, collaborations, demonstrated to Adams that his time was up.

At this meeting he said that "you don't have the proof". He would not confess, or admit any thing. He tried the "Bluff" routine. WW called his bluff. It didn't work, and he still continues to lie at this moment.

Sam's got trouble now... Perez has picked up the story...

http://perezhilton.com/2009-01-20-boo-hiss-on-sam-adams

Does anyone remember Robert Kennedy, on national TV, looking at Mayor Schunk, father to our DA, and calling Terry Schunk a little small town crook? Like father, like son.

As an independent voter who is center-right, but pleased with Obama's initial cabinet choices, I am watching how Progressives and Liberals either accept and excuse his behavior, or reject his behavior.

I guess I'm a liberal - hell, I voted for the guy - so I'll answer the question: He ought to resign. And he ought to be investigated.

I wouldn't expect the DA to act unless someone forwarded the office evidence that a crime has been committed. As of now, there appears to be no evidence. Sure he lied about having sex, but I disagree with those who say, "He lied about X, therefore he MUST be lying about Y." Do you think he lies about enjoying bicycling too?

I'm opposed to forcing the alleged victim to face the growing lynch mob. He's not much older than my son, and I think that if he were my son I would want him to be able to decide whether or not he wants to make a formal complaint about the relationship he had with his former mentor, if in fact there is anything to complain about. Perhaps the DA is waiting for such a complaint because there is no hard evidence yet of criminal conduct. Or maybe the DA is in fact already investigating the matter.

Also, having sex with a 17 year old is a misdemeanor under ORS 163.415.

Normally the statute of limitations for a misdemeanor is one year, but the above crime is a bit different:

ORS 131.125 (3) A prosecution for any of the following misdemeanors may be commenced within four years after the commission of the crime or, if the victim at the time of the crime was under 18 years of age, anytime before the victim attains 22 years of age or within four years after the offense is reported to a law enforcement agency or the Department of Human Services, whichever occurs first:

(a) Sexual abuse in the third degree under ORS 163.415.

Still, absent any evidence, law enforcement should focus on other things.

absent any evidence

You are kidding, right?

The "evidence" is inferential, at best.

Facts as we know them: He lied about the act of having sex, then he said he had sex approximately three weeks after the guy turned 18. He knew the kid when he was 17. I see a witch hunt in the making, but I don't see evidence of a crime.

Who might have evidence? Adams and Beau. They won't give further details unless they want to. A grand jury is out of the question because this is not a felony.

At most, a detective with suspicions should call Beau and ask him what happened. If Beau says he was 18 or declines to talk, then the detective should hang up the phone and work on something else.

The part that stinks the most is that he lied to his own community. When interviewed by JUST OUT in 2007, he denied sexual contact, painting the entire question as an attempt at gay bashing.

The lies, and conspiracy to involve Breedlove in lies, were a betrayal of anyone who held him up as an icon for the gay community or a purportedly honest politician.

The irony of counseling an intern regarding how to frankly come out to family and friends and to be involved reponsibly in business or political life . . . while setting a bad personal example . . . is just sad.

Legally speaking, however, if this piece of eye candy was 18 when the two engaged in sex there's not much anyone can do but shame Sam. And he appears shameless.

Good grief, I just threw up into my martini!
And I don't even live in Podunk.

As I recall family oral history, the “mob” tried to smear Terry’s reputation as a straight-shooter way back when he was Multnomah County Sheriff. The story was that this was in retaliation for cleaning up corruption in the county.

Aaron R:

"Thanks" for your post. I'll bet you are a good friend and a kind person. You certainly know that sexual orientation or even actions are not the main issues. Character and honor and honesty are the issues. I assure you, no intelligent person sees you in a different light based on what that scumbag S-h-A-M-e did.

I voted Sam. I think he's basically a good person who is in politics for all the right reasons - serving the community, making the world a better place, etc. But I think he should resign immediately. He betrayed the public trust. There is no way he can earn that back now. Any police officer caught lying would be fired. The Mayor should be held to the same standard of conduct. He should hold himself to that standard of conduct. Sam, do yourself and all of Portland a favor and resign now. Spare us the Clintonesque sideshow that your administration is about to become.

He won't ever resign....not in this economy. He has no money and one doesn't just walk from a six-figure income with no other prospects when the unemployment rate is almost 9%.

Wow, Sam. Hittin' that? a truly gorgeous piece of man-candy you landed.
Was it worth your career though??

Wrong, Butch. I don't think he'd just crawl away. Nor would he go join Opie in Bend. Within 3 months he would turn up as a lobbyist for one of Neil's cronies or find sudden success with one of the developers who actually own our city government outright.

If the County D.A. doesnt do anything, can our new AG?

If the AG investigates the crimanals he routinely covers for, something can be done. And there are so many, many people who are aware of these problems, notwithstanding the press ignoring them, or who the AG is, and so much prayer going up to God, that I believe something can and will be done.

Oregonlive quotes Deputy DA as saying he is launching an investigation. Chief Sizer also called for an independent investigation.

Chief Sizer also called for an independent investigation.

Why "independent"? The PPB and the county DA should simply do their jobs.

Beau Breedlove?

I feel like a jerk for posting this, but I can't wash my brain of the thought "That cannot possibly be a real name. It sounds like a working name a teenage male prostitute would use.".

Someone please tell me that this is a real name.

"Beau Breedlove", you're right - can't be his given name. Sounds like the monicker for a porn movie star.

Wow - Did a white pages search for "Breedlove" in Oregon, and there are MANY, including some in Salem/Keizer. So my apologies to Mr. Breedlove (if that's really your name).

I have to cast my vote... Sam, GET OUT of the mayor's office. And don't wait until the week is done. You are a liar. You lied over years ago, you lied during the election and you lied again today. You are disqualified for office. Plain and simple.

typical american politics...

the only reason why people become disillusioned with the "progressive" politician is because of a sex-scandal and all the lying (not done at taxpayer expense)...

but doesn't care that the same politician has a penchant for backing stupid giveaways to developers and advocates "visions" that will bankrupt the government (and the taxpayers) at the cost of commonsense building/maintenance of infrastructure and services...

Let me see if I remember this right. Do I correctly recall that while Sam was lying about doing a teen, he was also questioning his opponent's integrity for failing to disclose being shown some poll results?

His ethical system is fully revealed in this afternoon's Oregonian editorial board confessional. (The seat was still scorched from when Goldschmidt cried his alligator tears on it.) "I had to lie, because otherwise I would have lost the election on account of what Bob Ball was saying." Incredible.

Now we know the real reason Sam is pushing for a new ballpark. All those ball players with their tight young tushes must have him panting for the new ball park. Maybe we'll need to post signs in the visitor locker rooms. "Caution when taking showers, the mayor might be watching."

If the kid was 17, remove him. If he was 18, you can't.

Do you know how many politicians lie?

Packwood had to leave - censured.

Clinton was impeached, but was allowed to stay.

I don't like him as a mayor anyway - 0 fiscal accountability.

But if the kid was 18, then ...

Do politicians have a "clearly inherent" duty to tell the truth?

162.415 Official misconduct in the first degree. (1) A public servant commits the crime of official misconduct in the first degree if with intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another:

(a) The public servant knowingly fails to perform a duty imposed upon the public servant by law or one clearly inherent in the nature of office


Do politicians have a "clearly inherent" duty to tell the truth?

On what planet?


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