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Wed., Jan. 21, 2009, 3:54 p.m.

Portland is having a Spokane moment

The Oregonian calls for Mayor Sam Adams to resign after he confesses to lying about a relationship with a teenage boy. Unlike Jim West, Adams is openly gay. The age of the boy when the affair started is a point of contention: 17 or 18?

The Willamette Weekly was about to break the story, which forced Adams' hand. That's the paper that also nailed former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt for his affair with an underage girl.

Just Out, a gay-oriented magazine in Portland, is also calling for Adams' resignation.

Does this bring back memories? I think one of the similarities to the West episode is that voters thought they were getting someone else. In West, a conservative who championed anti-gay legislation. In Adams, a guy who was the victim of campaign smears.

Should he stay or should he go?




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Gary Crooks
Gary Crooks joined The Spokesman-Review in 1997. He is editor of the Opinion section and a member of the Editorial Board.

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