Elections

Recall Petitioners Admit Failure, Turn Attention To 2012 Election

OPB | April 20, 2010 7:15 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:08 a.m. | Portland, OR

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By Kristian Foden-Vencil

The second effort to recall Portland Mayor, Sam Adams, failed Tuesday. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, his opponents are now turning their attention to the 2012 election.


The chief petitioner of the recall, Avel Gordley, said petitioners collected about 23,000 of the 32,000 signatures necessary.

She says a poor economy stymied fundraising efforts to pay for signature gatherers. But there were other problems too.

Avel Gordley: "It was just so disheartening to hear people say that they were afraid to sign the petition, afraid of retaliation. And we had business people say thank you so much for leading the campaign and we're glad a campaign is going on, but we can't be associated with it because it may jeopardize our business opportunities and other opportunities in the city."

Gordley says she now wants people to step forward to run against Adams in 2012.

Adams became the target of a recall effort after he admitted lying about having an affair with an 18-year-old legislative intern. Adams denied having the affair when he campaigned for mayor, but admitted to it after he was elected.

A previous recall effort also failed to collect enough signatures. Gordley says that while the scandal won't go away until there is new leadership, she indicated it's now time to move forward.

Avel Gordley: "As long as this Mayor does remain in office I think it's up to all of us to work to make him as successful as possible because his success is our success."

Calls to the Mayor's office weren't immediately returned. But a Twitter feed on his website quoted people saying things like 'Glad you're still at the helm' and 'Can we please get on with our lives now'.

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