Sam Adams is clinging to power, what he fails to realize is that his hand is around the throat of our democracy. The Recall effort needs approximately 2000 volunteers from the Portland-Metro area to spend a few hours this summer collecting signatures from Portland citizens. You do not have to live in Portland to volunteer for the recall. (emphasis mine)
Please do visit www.recallsamadams.com and sign up to help and learn of the may ways to hold Sam Adams accountable.
With Adams recall we will remind the nation of what it means to be an Oregonian and reclaim the tarnished name of Portland, Oregon.
Wait, what? Wurster's actively recruiting non-Portland residents to volunteer for a campaign to recall Portland's mayor? Up to this point, I've had no problem with Jasun Wurster other than my obvious disagreements with him. Today, however, I'm pretty perplexed that he's encouraging folks who do not live in Portland to volunteer for the recall campaign. Frankly, it seems underhanded. We don't grant non-Portlanders the opportunity to vote in Portland city elections because they don't live here and, by default, their priorities are not reflected in our elected officials. Why, then, does it make sense to ask them to volunteer to recall our mayor unless it was to further an agenda that cannot find sufficient support in Portland?
When questioned about it, Wurster suggests that towns outside of Portland are affected by the actions of our mayor. While that may be true, I'm uncomfortable that the priorities of someone who lives outside of Portland might be reflected in changes to our city government. It is up to the citizens of Portland to determine the priorities of our city, to elect the appropriate officials, and to hold them accountable. These folks didn't vote for our mayor, so why do they have a say in recalling him?