So, I am definately disappointed in Sam Adams for this “scandal”, but I am also very annoyed by the fact that Willammette Week felt compelled to run it. Who benefits from this story being dragged out and publicized? Certainly not Adams or Breedlove, and definately not the people of Portland. You can read that big expose here . The way I see it, only two people benefited from this being brought into the open: Merkle, who dated Breedlove himself and obviously had some personal reason for wanting to drag this out, and the story’s writer, Nigel Jaquiss.
Jaquiss won a Pulitzer for his 2005 expose on former Governor Goldschmidt, but that situation was different in key ways. Goldschmidt slept with the babysitter, who was actually underage. And he was married at the time. Adams did nothing illegal, he was recently single, and did not have any professional relationship with Breedlove – so nothing unethical occurred either. It sounds like it was Breedlove and not Adams who initiated the relationship anyway. And as big a mistake as Adams made I have zero doubt in my mind that he would not have broken the law. The age difference is creepy, but they were two consenting adults. I think it is important to ask people you hear demanding Adams resign whether they would be so quick to come to that conclusion if this were a heterosexual relationship.
I think it is disappoiting when any politician does shit like this, but am especially saddened by this because it’s a definate setback for gay people in politics. If you can’t control yourself, that’s fine. It doesn’t make you a bad person or anything, but it does sort of imply you not be public servant material.
I guess I just wish we lived in a world where the press didn’t feel the need to break this story because it’s clearly a losing situation for all involved. In the media age I guess public figures just aren’t allowed to be human. I must say I feel terrible for Breedlove that he has to deal with all of this now. He doesn’t deserve this attention and the WWeek story makes it clear how torn up he was because of the attention, not what happened between him and Adams.
The city has a lot of challenges at the moment and Adams is the best man to head city council for the next four years, and if this “scandal” cost him the job it will be a real tragedy.