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Portland Police Ask Oregon AG to Investigate Mayor Sam Adams

Following newly-elected Portland Mayor Sam Adams' confession that he lied about his relationship with a legislative intern he was mentoring in 2005, Portland law enforcement officials have asked the state to investigate Adams.

SamadamsVia the AP:

"Local authorities have asked Oregon’s attorney general to investigate Portland Mayor Sam Adams, who has admitted lying about a sexual liaison with a teenager. The request came from Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk. Attorney General John Kroger and aides did not immediately respond to a call for comment about the scope of the investigation."

The Oregonian reports that "The Internet is ablaze with calls for Adams to step down. City Commissioner Randy Leonard said he was "disturbed" that Adams had persuaded Breedlove to lie, and Commissioner Nick Fish said he was disappointed. The Oregonian editorial board called for Adams to resign in today's newspaper."

More: "On Tuesday, county authorities said they would conduct a criminal investigation looking into the possibility that Adams had sex with a minor and whether Adams' lie about his sexual relationship with Breedlove while serving as a city commissioner rose to the level of official misconduct. However, Sizer said such an inquiry poses a conflict for Portland police because the mayor controls the bureau's budget. The mayor also holds the authority to appoint and fire the police chief. 'If there is an investigation, I don't think that it's appropriate that the Police Bureau does it,' Sizer said. 'There are capable investigative entities outside the Police Bureau.' Among the crimes that the investigation could encompass are felony second-degree sexual abuse and the misdemeanors of third-degree sexual abuse, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and sexual misconduct. Even if the sexual contact is consensual, Oregon law says a person younger than 18 doesn't have the capacity to consent, and as a result, the contact is a crime."

I've posted portions of Adams' news conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh GOD shut up, gay people! You don't have to prove anything to haterosexuals. You don't have to prove anything to haterosexuals. You don't have to prove anything to haterosexuals. Can you READ that? They are not your authority, not your god.

    Sam Adams was dating at the time. Sam Adams was dating at the time. Sam Adams was dating at the time. Beau Breedlove was an ADULT. Beau Breedlove was an ADULT. Beau Breedlove was an ADULT.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 22, 2009 12:36:26 AM

  2. These attacks on Sam Adams are 100% anti-gay. The whole reason he lied was because the haterosexual and gay enforcers of haterosexual oppression public would not accept a dating gay man.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 22, 2009 12:41:15 AM

  3. @ Dan: Why should we not investigate it? Because it's none of our freaking business. If Beau was seduced under age, and the chances are slim since they met 2 months before he turned 18 (even ignoring the fact that he was beyond the age of consent), it's Beau's business. IF he was under age and IF he felt wronged, he has plenty of legal and civil options to take. Since he doesn't, as far as we're aware - and have a right to know - is that the two had a legal, adult relationship.

    I swear, the fear of all this puritanical bullshit in our society is driving gay people to eat their own when they did little wrong. A private, legal sexual relationship between two consenting was no one else's business to begin with. Anything else is a McCarthy-like witch hunt just aimed to take the queer down, with some gays playing along apparently afraid Sam Adams will stain our community. In reality, no one freaking cares and only the insanely homophobic will take any credence in this.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 22, 2009 1:07:18 AM

  4. Sam had no obligation to divulge his sex life while running for office. It is noones business!!People need to stop being such haters!! I thought I was prude !!

    Posted by: ty | Jan 22, 2009 1:10:13 AM

  5. He acted wrongly, however, in the way he lied. But let's be honest...most of you criticizing the criticizers are of an ANYTHING GOES mentality that has made the so-called lgbt communities very unhealthy places. Some ethic is required...some decency. Remember that.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 22, 2009 1:40:56 AM

  6. The attorney general that you all are demonizing as "homophobic" and "prudish," John Kroger (D), is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage. He also pledged to vigorously prosecute anyone accused of anti-gay discrimination when he ran for office last year.

    This is the evil monster you want to lynch in the name of queer liberation? Give me a break. Kroger's simply doing his job. It is certainly possible, if not likely, that a crime has been committed. Either way, as the attorney general of Oregon, he has the responsibility to look into the possible misdeeds of any elected official. Portland is also the largest city in the state and the 23rd largest city in the nation. We're not talking about the Mayor of Wassilla here. This is a big deal.

    Posted by: John in CA | Jan 22, 2009 2:15:05 AM

  7. the sexual conduct of two consenting adults is hardly the business of the public. this is just another case of the absurd sex-phobic attitudes of American Judeo Christian douchebags getting in the way of the body politic. Grow up, America. We look like idiots to the rest of the world!

    Posted by: ron Oliver | Jan 22, 2009 2:45:20 AM

  8. Where were the cries of resignation for David Paterson who acknowledges shortly after he became Governor of New York that he and his wife have an open marriage?

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 22, 2009 4:24:40 AM

  9. what's that saying - something about the worst thing for a politician is being caught with a live boy or a dead girl?

    Posted by: shane | Jan 22, 2009 7:26:41 AM

  10. Had an affair with a teenage boi? Whoo hoo! Congrats man! Me jealous!

    Posted by: guttersnipe | Jan 22, 2009 8:21:15 AM

  11. Bill, there were no cries for Gov. Patterson to resign because he was UPFRONT and HONESTLY admitted his indiscretions on day one (or day 2, or 3)...there was no lying, no taking out a full-page ad to deny affairs, no asking his wife or mistress(es) to lie for him...

    I don't care how old this kid was (I was a big slut at 17...and 18...and 19), I think it's appalling that someone in a position of power, who obviously knows what it was like to be a gay teenager, took advantage of his position for some easy, impressionable, emotionally immature ass.

    Posted by: Another Matt | Jan 22, 2009 9:01:29 AM

  12. Adams seems to have a thing for twinks, his current bf is 27. Lying about it just too much, when he set himself up to a higher standard and as a model of the "gay's no longer a big deal" principal to straight people. At that political level, now, being gay, you can't openly chase ass in way that a straight might be just be able to get away with.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 22, 2009 12:35:45 PM

  13. It's funny that on a site I frequent that's full of straight men everyone is behind Sam, yet here on T-Road, the calls for his head have reached fever pitch. Bizarre.

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 22, 2009 1:17:09 PM

  14. The most appalling posts here (as some have noted) are the anything goes, gay men need have no morals, standards or ethics argument. He is a municipal chief executive with, as the article points out, power over the police and their budget. He should go, pronto.

    He was also described as a mentor to the kid. Do gay men get a special pass which reads: "We're oppressed so we get to boff whomever, whenever we want too cause standards and morals are a hetero-sexist power play"? If some of you had kids (YES SOME LGBT folks DO!) you would not want some employer or teacher or politician or priest in a position of unequal emotional/financial power taking advantage.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Jan 22, 2009 9:50:56 PM

  15. I guess I am "100% anti-gay" because I don't understand anyone defending a guy who lied to get elected and only told the truth after the election.

    I could care less about the other guy, Adams is a liar.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jan 23, 2009 2:32:47 AM

  16. So derek washington doesn't vote, apparently.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 23, 2009 3:39:33 AM

  17. I've thought about it and thought about it. Sam Adams confessed to having an
    "affair" with an 18 year old former intern, Beau Breedlove. So what. Breedlove was 18, yes they met when he was 17 but seriously folks we ship off our boys to be mangled and mutilated with shrapnel in Iraq but an 18 year old young MAN is not capable of consensual sex? Give me a fucking break. While I am saddened that Sam chose to lie about the relationship I completely understand why he did. Anytime an older man and a younger man hook up people shout pervert and pedophile. When a heterosexual man does it it's called a " trophy wife/trophy fuck". Heterosexual women now aspire to be "cougars" like Kim Catrell's Samantha on Sex and the City or Demi Moore, in real life. But asymmetrical intergenerational homosexual relationships scream molestation and daddy issues. I've decided despite his lie (which was a bad move, bad Sam!) I will stand by his side and come to his aid anytime. He made a mistake.
    I'm so fucking sick of the ageist bullshit. It's such societal homophobia that pushes this issue. They were two consenting adults. Adults, folks Adults, they are still friends. Just because two men fuck does not mean they are criminals, which is the implication here. In decades past this would not be an issue nor discussed so publicly. I think this issue is an issue of sexuality. How many Senators , congressmen, PRESIDENTS (Bill, I'm looking at you!) fuck younger women, interns ect. , while married in office? This was no adultery, this was a man coming out of an 11 year relationship, a newly divorced man on the dating scene which as a Portlander myself I must say is slim pickings when it comes to good quality guys (sorry it's true!). Beau Breedlove was a hot younger guy who was smart and attractive and clearly an ego boost. We've all dated the ego booster, god knows mine was impetus to move cross country- to get away from him. People should be annoyed he lied but not crucify him for sleeping with another GROWN man. If 18 is not adult enough for Americans the lets recall our service men and women of that age. If they can be sent to take a bullet they should be allowed to make the choice to make love to the person they choose.

    Also Beau was never Sam's intern, he was a legislative intern in Salem, so there is no ethical issue there either folks.

    Posted by: Support SAM ADAMS | Jan 23, 2009 4:37:37 AM

  18. 1- Politics is mostly about lying your way to office, then to reelection. (I'll be bipartisan, compassionate conservative and so on).
    2- The only ones who scream murder about 40 year olds dating 18 year old dudes are the jealous trolls who never get laid.
    3- Thinking you won't get hated and mugged by rednecks and other Porp8 enthousisasts if you are monogamous with a guy your age (when most str* fuck around all the time) is childish, wimpish and laughable.

    Posted by: Blownaway | Jan 24, 2009 3:21:48 PM

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