Effort to recall Sam Adams falls short

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PORTLAND, Ore. - After a second try, the group that wanted to recall Sam Adams failed to collect enough signatures to place the issue before voters.

For former state Sen. Avel Gordly, who spearheaded the second effort, Tuesday did not turn out the way she thought it might. The group ended up about 8,500 signatures short.

“There is some disappointment,” she said in the afternoon.

Early Tuesday morning, a person affiliated with the recall reportedly posted a note on the citizenrecall.org website that the recall effort had fallen short.

The note said: “we simply can not [sic] recall the first ‘openly gay mayor’ for lying, no matter how many gay men he had to bring down with him. Though, please know that Sam Adams isthe one that sold out the GLBTQ community to solely protect himself."

The unauthorized message was signed by Jasun Wurster who was the organizer of the first recall campaign.

Wurster did not return phone calls Tuesday.

Gordly said so far she hasn't spoke with him either and said she doesn't support that message in any way.

On Tuesday the group tried to spread the word that the message wasn’t supposed to be there.

Beau Breedlove, once a legislative intern and center of the Adams’ controversy, released his own statement calling the failed recall effort a sad day in Portland history.

"(Adams) has reinforced the reasons why some people do not want the GLBTQ community to be in leadership roles, or have equal rights," he said in the statement.

When asked repeatedly for a reaction, Adams would only say he's focused on unemployment and the recession, issues people elected him to handle.

"Job Number One has been helping businesses and folks through this tough time and that's what I'm focused on and nothing will distract me from that," he said.

But with at least 8,500 signatures short, some worried what they call a "toxic" atmosphere in City Hall kept many from signing.

"Twenty-three thousand people felt strongly enough about integrity and character. That was our message," Gordly said.

Organizers needed to submit more than 32,000 signatures to the city auditor's office by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Supporters said Adams should be recalled because he lied about his relationship with a teenage legislative intern, Beau Breedlove.

Gordly said it is unlikely there will be a third recall attempt.