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Portland Mayor Sam Adams' Former Spokesman Sues City for $600K

Wade Nkrumah, the former spokeman for Portland Mayor Sam Adams, is suing the city for nearly $600,00 saying his reputation was ruined when Adams allegedly lied about the reason Nkrumah resigned:

Nkrumah "He began working for Adams on Nov. 2, 2008, and he resigned on Jan. 26 of this year after the mayor’s relationship with former legislative intern Beau Breedlove came to light. The lawsuit claims Adams lied to Nkrumah twice about whether the mayor had a sexual relationship with Breedlove. According to the lawsuit, Nkrumah says his resignation was 'because Adams persistent lies made working conditions intolerable as Adams’ spokesperson …' Nkrumah claims in the lawsuit he agreed to tell reporters 'no comment' when asked why he resigned if the mayor’s office would say the same. But when asked by a KATU reporter about Nkrumah’s resignation, Adams said it was because the job was 'not what he signed up for in terms of stress.'"


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More here.

Among the details that emerged during the investigation were a loan to Beau Breedlove in the amount of $750 shortly before admitting that he lied about the nature of his relationship with the former legislative intern, and the fact that he went so far as to draft a resignation letter before deciding against giving in to pressure to quit.

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