PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland mayor Sam Adams is under increased fire over his lies about a sexual relationship and on Wednesday, he did not show up at City Hall. He also canceled a meeting with Commissioner Randy Leonard.
Meanwhile, four newspapers - the gay and lesbian publication Just Out, the Oregonian, the Portland Tribune and the Portland Business Journal - are calling for Adams to resign. The leadership of the Portland Police Association wants Adams to step down as well.
And Oregon Attorney General John Kroger agreed to an investigation after Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk and Portland police Chief Rosie Sizer asked Kroger to look into the affair.Adams admitted this week that he lied to cover up his relationship with a teenage legislative intern because a potential mayoral candidate had spread rumors that Adams had sex with a minor.
Adams, who is 45, said the teen was 17 when they met in 2005, and that the relationship did not turn sexual until the boy turned 18. He said he lied because he was afraid voters wouldn't believe that his young lover had turned 18 before they started having sex.
Adams became mayor on New Year's Day, making Portland the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.
Unless Adams bows to pressure and resigns or there is evidence of a crime, he will remain in office for the first half of 2009 because state law bars any mayoral recall until after six months.
Previous Coverage of this Story
- Explainer: How a recall of the election would work
- Beau Breedlove releases statement on Portland mayor
- Mayor says relationship wrong but he won't resign
- Sam Adams press conference - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
- Mayor Adams exclusive interview with KATU
- Adams releases statement about relationship
- Adams admits to lying about sex with teen