A public relations firm released the following statement Tuesday on behalf of Beau Breedlove:
The following is a personal statement from Beau Breedlove regarding news of Mayor Sam Adams’ admission to a relationship in 2005. Beau has been overwhelmed by media inquiries today and regrets that he cannot respond personally to all of your inquiries.
“The past day of news coverage regarding my brief 2005 relationship with Mayor Sam Adams has been stressful, to say the least. I would like to publicly apologize to those who were negatively affected by my mishandling of the situation during the 2007 mayoral campaign.
Reflecting back, I regret misleading anyone the nature of the relationship. When the subject first surfaced during the campaign, I was living out-of-state and I did not anticipate the impact it might have on Portland’s mayoral campaign. While my first instinct was to tell the truth, I also wanted to protect Sam Adam’s reputation, considering our valuable friendship.
Sam Adams has always been a positive influence and friend to me. He has many outstanding qualities to bring to his position as Mayor of the City of Portland and I wish nothing but the best for him. I hope this subject can ultimately be put to rest and I sincerely believe in Sam Adams and what he can do for the city of Portland as Mayor.
Again, I truly apologize to those were affected by my mishandling of the situation in 2007."