PORTLAND, Ore. - It appears Portland's embattled mayor is very close to making a decision about his future plans, according to a report from Willamette Week, KATU's news partner.
Sam Adams has been noticeably absent from City Hall for the past three days and questions have been swirling about whether he plans to step down or continue his work as Portland's mayor.
According to Willamette Week, Adams plans to meet with City Commissioners Saturday morning. The report also states that Adams has retained a criminal lawyer to represent him.
KATU News confirmed with Dan Saltzman's office that a phone meeting with Adams was scheduled for Saturday morning. We also checked with Randy Leonard's office, which confirmed that an in-person meeting was scheduled with Adams for Saturday as well.
Whether Adams plans on making an announcement on Saturday is up in the air, but he is quoted by Willamette Week as saying that he does not want to keep people waiting.
The problems for Adams began early this week when he admitted 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.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
Previous Coverage of this Story
- Supporters rally for Sam Adams
- Adams a no-show as scandal divides city
- Calls grow for Adams to resign
- 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