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If you want to hear the mayor of Portland uttering one outright lie after another, scroll down a bit on this story, click on the green arrow, and listen to the tape. Hellishly ugly.

Of course, the sordid details provided by the text of the story are also not pretty. The middle-age man calling up the 17-year-old 30 times over three months. Isn't this what the prosecutors call grooming?

Comments (57)

One can hope that the investigators don't white wash this mess. I wonder what the political scenery in Portland would be like if Neil hadn't been treated like a sacred cow.

Am I reading the timeline wrong, or does it say that Adams was supposed to be in New York on Vacation while hosting a party at city hall and making out in the Men's room? Or are we supposed to see that the security guard implies that it happened two months earlier?

That timeline is very telling, and I think the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. He clearly waited the week or so before calling rule that most guys follow, but after that April 7th first thursday (at which a security guard saw Adams and a 'young man' in the restroom), the car frequency spiked up.

This leads me to believe that there is a lot more that went on while the kid was 17. The call frequency is just too great for a "friendship"

" frequency is just too great for a "friendship""

Mentoring. It's mentoring

Differing accounts by all involved will make this a really tough case to ever bring forward for prosecution. Beau, not wanting to be a victim here, will not help any.

Investigators won't likely white wash anything. They have little reason to do so, are probably ethical, and there will be too much scrutiny on the results.

It just seems like there won't be enough to go forward with an arrest. "Grooming" may be only relevant if the end result is a crime, and can be proved.

I know people like to say this isnt a gay/straight issue, but just imagine if Adams was straight and calling a 17 year old girl 30 times before she turned 18, then had sex with her right after. His career would be dead before the papers hit the curb.

This is so unfair, Jack. You're talking about a time before Sam learned lying was bad. Besides, now that he's regained our trust, what does it matter?

I saw Beau Breedlove at Pioneer Square yesterday. I think he had just come out of Nordstrom. Does he do anything other than shop and look good?

What kills me is that the WW guys gave him ample opportunity to bow out and say it was none of their business because the sexual relationship (allegedly) happened after Beau was 18. Then, ironically, that is the line Scam and his cohorts use when they can't deny the affair, after Scam's lies in this interview come to light. They can't even come up with their own cover story! And they made Jaquiss and the WW look like such big, unethical bullies. They were more than fair and I have a higher regard for them then I did even after this story first broke.

And, I always thought Ruiz was a self-important, petulant - and incompetent - hack when she wrote for the Merc. Listening to her on this tape just confirms that opinion.

Someone wrote once: this is like a bad car wreck. It sickens you to look, but you just can't help yourself. I don't even live in Portland, but watching Scam's manic escapades is horribly fascinating.

Yuck! That is just nasty!
And mj, you are correct. If this was a straight male and a teenage girl the man would probably be in jail!
Sam is a creep and should be gone! from public life.


Will you somehow communicate the message about a recall, and see what you hear back from friends and family,and report here what needs to done with this guy.

Thats right...this is a test, if you're hot for a recall, better show it here, communicate to other media in this city, that you and the rest of Portland have had enough..straight/gay/black/white/brown/and all others I left out, need to come together.

If talking is all we will do, lets change the subject to the RECESSION...OVERPRICED TRAINS.(sorry, that gets back to SAM)

Cut to the chase, this will be history if a recall is pulled off,I'd love to tell my grand Kids, I helped really to make this a good place to live, not dirty as it is now.


PS: To the above, If you will be OK,with Randy as mayor, better think about that one...cause trust me, he wants the job...otherwise, make it a "TWO FER" recall.

Wow. Sam is toast.

It would be sweet if Kroger took him out, along with whomever Creepy wants to take with him, and save the public the time and effort of a recall.


Let's prod him.

Governor Kroger.

I wonder if the investigators are looking into the DIRTY TAPE, rental receipts Creep left in his checked out city car after the snow event. It certainly is a subject of conversation at PDOT. Did he rent them while driving a city car , I certainly hope not. They could start by interviewing the motor pool folks and quickly dispel this vicious rumor.

I was at that First Thursday and Sam himself introduced Beau to me as "my friend Beau". My recollection is that it wasn't too long after Sam was sworn in as a commissioner. I know it was way before June.

His campaign expense reports may shed some light. He was serving wine that was purchased with campaign funds, quite a few bottles.

The A.G. needs to handle this like political plutonium, but not to be buried. Tough draw. He'll probably end up in a labyrinth of technical statutory cul de sacs, with critical facts kept from his purview.

Li'l Beau Peep is up to his neck in the Portland political pretzel factory and needs to have the truth squeezed out of him by the A.G. On deck: Beau's phone records and emails.

Meanwhile, the recalls will gather momentum and critical mass, as the tassel-loafered bandits continue to plunder the city during the distractions, and still manage to line up another of their pet great apes to take the unraveling Creepy's place.

We'll probably even see whacked video of Sam & Beau rendezvousing at Burning Man, eventually. And why not?

Meanwhile, Scam the Creep and his "friends" are really going berserk liquidating the city. It's like some bizarre binge & purge.

Adams should be on suicide watch. But not in public like this.

He's surrounded by ghouls. What a freakshow.

And it's only getting worse each day.

I hope Sam's not thinking like those homeowners facing foreclosure who trash the house and remove all the fixtures before they leave.

It's almost time for that rat to jump off the sinking ship. Sam really is the Tram this time -- and just as with the aerial version, Randy bails after he's done his damage.

Hellish is the right word. I'm still trying to make it through the full recording. As others have said, Nigel completely has his act together; and Ruiz is the sort of opportunistic office snipe bad managers love. But most shocking is Adams' immaturity. He has the cadence and attitude of a surly teenager. It is alternately sad and exasperating to listen to.

This would be yet another fine opportunity for Adams to resign.

What other politicos have b**ed, uh mentored Boy Beau? Could this become so far reaching that Kroger will have to rein in the investigation? There's some phone records in Salem fer sure. You can bet someone else called BB 33 times.

My prediction: Sam cuts a deal and quits.

Fireman Pele is numb? How about just dumb?

Smoke inhalation may explain Randy's befuddlements.

Anyone have some numbers on how much a recall would cost? Last I heard, legislators are looking at up to an $8 billion shortfall. I can't imagine the City of Portland is doing much better. Is this really going to benefit the city or just drain its coffers?

If I had any doubt about Ruiz being a hack hired for purely political reasons, the tape resolves it.

why is the "senior policy analyst" for sustainability in the room, asking questions and acting as a de facto legal aide to Adams?

rarely have I heard two "public servants" bob and weave with such arrogance and fear--and ugly dishonesty.

"Anyone have some numbers on how much a recall would cost? Last I heard, legislators are looking at up to an $8 billion shortfall. I can't imagine the City of Portland is doing much better. Is this really going to benefit the city or just drain its coffers?"

You have to spend money to make money. Spending money to make Adams hit the bricks will save money in the long run, because we can hopefully fill the empty position with someone who will take the fiscal axe to the soccer / tram / trolley / HQ Hotel / other irresponsible garbage that is currently spewing forth from the council.

One seat, that's all it takes right now, because then the fence-straddling Commissioner Saltzman can go the other way and still play the part of "hero to the public"

Mayor Creepy isn't going anywhere voluntarily. He's never been more than inches from the public trough and has absolutely no skills that might be marketable in the private sector (short of towel boy at Steam Portland). Mr. Personal Bankruptcy needs the paycheck.

Trust me on this: Sam will hang on 'til the absolute bloody end. And when voters pull the 'flush' lever, he'll be reaching for the rim in a last-gasp effort to avoid getting pulled under by the poopy vortex of lies, sleaze and stupidity.

Why he went on the record with a tape recorder there knowing he was about to lie speaks volumes about his arrogance, and/or his advisors incompetence. But so does having sex in the bathroom at City Hall when you work there as an elected official.. Did he forget about Bill and Monica? What a mess!

This may be off topic some, but this sunny sight outside my office window has me thinking of the upcoming Rose Festival. How is The Mayor of the City of Portland anticipating his upcoming ride through the unscripted, un-"spun" streets of the fine city he represents? There will be plenty of video cameras belonging to "just us everyday folks," recording crowd response and with access to internet postings. I'm guessing the impending day might weigh heavily on Hizzonor. I know I wouldn't be looking forward to it given the present circumstances.

Sam spoke on the record because he thought he could "explain" it away, like Nixon when he agreed to be interviewed by Frost.

Yes, just about everything above colors Sammy a little more as the scum he actually is. But one can't help but wonder, is the timing of this bit of theater convenient for him so that attention is off his budget? How many freebies is he flipping to his cronies while basic services are slashed even more. This calls for a line-by-line review of the new budget.

Is this really going to benefit the city or just drain its coffers?

Assuming that the two recalls are held on the same date, the cost to the city should be less than $350k.

It's not peanuts, but it's still less than the monthly interest payment on all the new public debt these buffoons are proposing.

Maybe you would find it more appealing if you considered it an economic stimulus package.

Sam and Randy may lose their jobs, but a lot of other people will gain work no matter what the outcome. (political consultants, printers, radio advertising reps, newspaper reporters and two new city commissioners).

Anybody else notice that Adams' first 100 days are over, and his "100 Day Plan" turned out to be complete and utter shite?

I suppose that lobbing rotten fruit and veggies at 'hizhonor' during the Rose Parade is considered assault these days. Too bad, a lot of folks could really show him how mad they are at him. Just booing seems pointless, since he is deaf. IF he appears, will he hide in a tinted window limo or at the back of a float?
Is Randy going to have a floral representation of his street loo? Now there is an P/R opportunity! Sam and Beau...together again!

Wonder if someone "helped" Demissie with his memory? We all know how grateful Beau was to be "helped" with his.

Still waiting on those Amtrak records.

WOW! How did all these people find you?
Hope this rolls over to dump BS Randy as well as Creepy.

"Just booing seems pointless, since he is deaf. IF he appears, will he hide in a tinted window limo or at the back of a float?"

Even though it would be logistically impossible, it would be great if when his float showed up, it was just silent. Maybe one voice calling out "LIAR!"

It would be best to do only one recall at a time.
The momentum from the first successful effort will naturally carry over into the second campaign.
After all, this recall will create a historical precedent. It has never before been accomplished in Portland, though it's been attempted several times.
Moreover, if a recall is successful once, it will send a strong message to City Hall about the power of the electorate.

To divert a recall effort now into two or more campaigns will confuse the majority of Portlanders. They need things to be simple, clear and focused. After all, most people are not as aware or informed about local politics as the contributors to this Blog. Instead of keeping the campaign about Sam, the public conversation will dribble out into arguments about its cost and inconvenience, etc. (The evidence for this can be found in comments already brought up in this blog and other venues.)

Morever, jumping in with two or more recall campaigns at the same time may appear to many average Portlanders as the operation of unnecessary and extremist hysteria, not a rational and judicious process.

Stick with the simple plan to Recall Sam! Get it done. Don't get diverted. Make Portland history.
The economy is getting worse, and thus the momentum for eliminating more City Hall drones can only increase -- but it must be built on an initial clear success.

Sorry Jack:

Stick with the simple plan to Recall Sam! Get it done. Don't get diverted. Make Portland history.
The economy is getting worse, and thus the momentum for eliminating more City Hall drones can only increase -- but it must be built on an initial clear success.

Posted by lisa | May 1, 2009

Lisa for mayor.

Thanks, Jack: And it would be good to start seriously thinking now about a kick-off (i.e. Kick-Out) event or two to help the recall begin on a high note.
Sam's recall will be a positive value for Portland and should be considered in that light. The recall campaign workers will be doing our good old Rose City a favor.

sign me up

Lisa for campaign strategist.

She knows what she's talking about. My first thought was that she was wrong. I thought two recalls would be more efficient, but her arguments are compelling to this old issue campaigner. Especially the part about helping the recall begin on a high note and presenting the recall as a positive value for Portland, which it clearly is.

lisa: Instead of keeping the [recall] campaign about Sam, the public conversation will dribble out into arguments about its cost and inconvenience, etc.

That's the more optimistic possibility. Who here doesn't think the conversation will be steered toward accusations of homophobia?

I'd like to answer that, I'm not the leader of this recall, but I'm going to work on it for a ton of reasons.

Sam, Gay, sure as hell, isn't one of far from the truth as it can be.

Being Gay/straight/and somewhere in between and dishonest and frankly stupid ranks right up there speaking just for me.

Respecting a leader is important, trusting a leader is another, having the confidence that leader can work for all sides and compromise the issues so one side doesn't feel over run in the process is where that leader can make or break a city..SAM CANNOT COME CLOSE.

Don't say its a "homo" deal, cause that just proves my point,we are not all divided here as Sam has done to us all.

Gay/straight/race/religion..WE ARE NOT DIVIDED ON THIS fact, quite the contrary,we all say he must go, and this recall will show that.

I'm still waiting for the obligatory Blue Oregon editorial talking about how Sam is such a great mayor and this is just a big conspiracy by Right Wingers who can't stand a gay man being mayor, how its nobodies business if he's flaming for a 17 year old kid in his private time, etc.

I'm still waiting for the obligatory Blue Oregon editorial talking about how Sam is such a great mayor and this is just a big conspiracy by Right Wingers who can't stand a gay man being mayor, how its nobodies business if he's flaming for a 17 year old kid in his private time, etc

Dear ANON:

If they don't call for his head, it really shows there is a bunch of "non-progressive..progressives hanging there

The Oregonian's primary editorial dumped on Sam today, advocating that he step down.

Thanks for relaying that. I don't read Oregonian editorials these days. And if it was in the Saturday paper, rest assured that nobody else saw it, either.

Jack, I'm sure plenty of parakeets and other cage birds were fully informed.

It looks like the local media are ready to take the mayor down. KATU is showing previews of a story which will air on the 11 o'clock news Sunday night (I think it's Sunday). The story is about how Portland politics are hurting the city's interests down in Salem and includes a response from the mayor.

The mayor's reponse is probably going to be more of the same: that he can't confirm or deny anything because there's an ongoing investigation *insert smarmy look*.

Good thing he had surgery for his TMJ or his jaw would be dislocated at this point.

As a gay man living in Portland, I cannot believe the number of other “queers” in town who are “rushing” to defend Adams ONLY BECAUSE he is gay. Disgusting. The man inappropriately groomed a 17 year old boy for sexual contact, then admits having had sex with the boy once he turned 18 — however, he lied about the relationship when questioned about it repeatedly by fellow politicians and the press. Now, he wants us to believe he actually WAITED until the boy’s 18th birthday to sleep with him. This boy was placed into Adams’ care as part of a mentorship program. Adams abused his position of authority to seduce the boy. He is a sexual predator who has given the gay community a black eye, and he has betrayed the people of Portland. This isn’t a “mistake.” This is a concerted effort on the part of a sexual predator to victimize a teenage boy more than half his age. It makes me wonder how many of the people defending Adams are doing so only because of the illegal sexual ghosts in their own closets.

Thank you to whom ever wrote this, know one has said it better.

This was posted in the local paper "JUST OUT!" way back in Jan.

Jack Peek is gay? I never would have guessed.

This is a bigger story than Sam and BB. The tendrils of young love run down the wet valley to Salem.
(Mark My Words, not Musket Man Won)

Now there's a cryptic remark. Care to elaborate?

Correction: KATU report at 11 pm on Monday.


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Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 5
At this date last year: 3
Total run in 2017: 113
In 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

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