Wyden disappointed in Portland mayor's actions

Wyden disappointed in Portland mayor's actions
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sen. Ron Wyden on Monday said he disapproves of the actions of Portland Mayor Sam Adams in the wake of a scandal that erupted over Adams admission he lied about having sex with a teenager.

"Based on the falsehoods and the misconduct the mayor has admitted to date, I want it understood that I strongly disapprove of his actions," Wyden said during a press conference.

Oregon's senior senator urged Oregon Attorney General John Kroger to conduct a swift investigation of the matter and for Adams to fully cooperate.

"I will withhold further public comment until the findings of the attorney general have been released."

KATU News incorrectly reported Monday that Wyden said he had "lost my faith in Mayor Adams." Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, who was standing near Wyden, actually made that statement.

Wyden's spokesman said Tuesday that the senator has not said whether he supports or does not support the mayor.

Adams has been caught up in a scandal over lies he told regarding his sexual relationship with a teenager. The mayor has made a public apology but has decided not to resign; Portlanders have been divided over his leadership ever since.

On Monday, Wyden and Fish stressed the need for more money to repair run-down housing projects in Portland and across the U.S.

When asked about Adams' troubles, Wyden responded: "Based on the falsehoods and the misconduct the mayor has admitted to date, I want it understood that I strongly disapprove of his actions."

Wyden and Fish said the city has to focus on financial matters and the difficult work ahead.

When the scandal erupted last week, Adams canceled an appearance at a congressional hearing in Washington D.C. so he could return to Portland and address the public. That meant he lost the chance to sit down in front of a House committee and make a strong argument for Portland's needs for things like roads, bridges and public transportation.

Adams said last week it would have been "inappropriate" for him to stay in Washington.