The latest question in that won't-go-away-soon story on Portland's new gay mayor lying about his sex relationship with a teen, is whether he hired a friendly reporter/editor from the weekly Portland Mercury as a payoff.
The story of Sam Adams' big lie was broken by Willamette Week (though you'd never know it by reading the Oregonian). In his story, Nigel Jaquiss, who won a Pulitzer for reporting on ex-governor and former Portland mayor Neil Goldschmidt's sex abuse of a 14-year-old girl, detailed Adams' much-denied affair with teen intern Beau Breedlove; as the story was being prepared last week, Adams admitted he lied.
Amy Ruiz, a Seattle U grad and then-news editor of the rival alt-weekly Mercury, had rapped WW's earlier reporting on Adams, calling it "weirdly homophobic." She subsequently was given a $55,000 a year job in Adams' office for which she admits she has no experience. OK, was it a payoff?
Everyone was in a denial mode yesterday, but some are saying it further erodes Adams' ebbing credibility. He vows not to resign, however. More from WW, and from the Mercury, sister paper of The Stranger.
Update: In a Mercury online poll, 39 percent of readers thought Adams should resign - and 51 percent thought Ruiz should resign. Here's also a balanced Merc piece.