Sam Adams recall effort picks up speed

Sam Adams recall effort picks up speed
Portland's Mayor Sam Adams arrives at City Hall in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. (AP file photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

PORTLAND, Ore. -  The group working to recall Portland Mayor Sam Adams will officially file paperwork with the city on Tuesday.

The Community to Recall Sam Adams, alleges Adams willfully lied to get elected and abused his power once he was mayor.

Adams has remained in office because state law bars any mayoral recall until after six months.

Under standard recall procedure, volunteers can start collecting signatures after the paperwork is filed. They'll need to gather more than 30,000 valid signatures in the next 90 days to bring the recall to a vote in November.

After the signatures are submitted, elections officials will have 10 days to verify those signatures and then the mayor will have five days to resign or write a statement of justification.

The recall effort comes after the conclusion of an investigation by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger and the Oregon Department of Justice into the mayor's relationship with Beau Breedlove, a former legislative intern (pictured at right). Kroger determined there was not enough evidence to charge Adams criminally, but controversy remains.

Adams said he met Breedlove before the young man turned 18 years old and that the two stayed in contact and then later that year they went on a couple of dates.

In 2007, during Adam's mayoral campaign, reports of an inappropriate relationship with Breedlove surfaced. However, Adams denied all allegations, calling them "dirty politics."

Adams said he waited until Breedlove was 18 before dating him, maintaining that nothing inappropriate happened between him and Breedlove before he turned 18.

Eventually, the issue died down and in 2008, voters elected Adams as mayor, making Portland the largest city to ever elect an openly gay mayor.

But the issue of what happened between Adams and Breedlove was brought to the forefront again, not long after Adams took office.  In January of 2009, the mayor admitted he lied about the relationship he had with Breedlove in 2005.

Immediately after admitting he lied, Adams apologized to Portlanders for not coming clean about the allegations when they first arose.

Adams still has no plans to resign.