Sources Say • Reeses: Flavor of the week?
- Portland Tribune - News
Could Portland Police Chief Mike Reese be The One? The potential mayoral candidate that the local unions and business community will be excited to support in the 2012 race?
Or will the rash of police shootings under Reese's watch turn off a large segment of the community?
Other factors that could weigh either in his favor or against: he could be perceived as 'The Man' by the Occupy Portland set. And to those looking for an outsider to city politics, Reese doesn't fit the bill. He's chummy with Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard and hardly needs a primer on city issues.
For what it's worth, Sources isn't sure whether he knows his way around a Facebook page or Twitter but he does have teenagers who could help.
While bloggers and City Hall watchers furiously speculate, Reese says he'll just keep being the chief, which includes making a daily trip to Occupy Portland.
'We're trying to balance competing interests and rights,' he says. 'We're at the forefront of doing it well - it's a very fragile line.'
Georgia on phone for Michael Moore
When liberal author and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore came to Portland on Monday, an activist with the Georgia Democratic Party began calling local reporters and asking how to get in touch with him.
Christie Fisher said she had been trying to contact Moore about his promise to fund a voter registration drive in Georgia. Moore promised to donate the proceeds from the sale of his new book in Georgia to such a drive to protest the execution of Troy Davis, an African-American put to death for killing a police officer, even though questions had been raised about his guilt.
Moore made the promise Sept. 29; Fisher has been trying to track him down since then. Portland put him back on her map.
Smith gives lobbyists some love
Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith can be a marvel to watch, a riveting, charismatic speaker who sometimes sticks his foot in his mouth. Before the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners last week, Smith waxed eloquently about the perils of bisphenol A, or BPA, in baby bottles, sippy cups and reusable water bottles. 'Reducing the likelihood of poisoning our children should be part of our reputation,' Smith testified.
Then, rattling on in his stream-of-conscientious style, Smith joked about respecting even the corporate lobbyists who defend the use of BPA in baby products, with a nod to super-lobbyist Len Bergstein sitting in the audience. As if to make amends at the close of his remarks, Smith turned to Bergstein and playfully called out, 'I love you, Lennie.'
The only problem is, contrary to what Smith implied, Bergstein said afterward that he was there for a client who supports the BPA product ban approved that day by county commissioners.
Bergstein declined to say who he's supporting in the mayor's race, but the expression on his face suggested it won't be Smith.