Sources Say • More is better for Adams, Wu
0Mayor Sam Adams and 1st District Congressman David Wu are both thought to be politically vulnerable. That could help them at least survive the 2012 primary election.
Numerous candidates are looking at each race, suggesting that Adams and Wu could win their primaries if enough candidates split the opposition.
Adams has not yet announced for re-election. New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady is expected to announce soon for the post. Other potential candidates include Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, political consultant Steve Novick and former city commissioners Jim Francesconi and Charlie Hales.
Wu has filed for re-election. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has filed to run against Wu in the Democratic primary. Other potential serious Democratic challengers include former 1st District Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse, state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici, state Rep. Brad Witt and former state Rep. Greg Macpherson.
Funny to see you here
Sources was surprised to find political consultant Mark Wiener hanging out at a City Hall press conference last week announcing that SoloPower would build a manufacturing plant in town.
The decision was a big plus for Mayor Sam Adams, and Wiener has worked on his campaigns in the past. But Adams got crosswise with Wiener during the Beau Breedlove scandal and no one is sure where they stand now.
Turns out SoloPower had hired Wiener for political advice after problems arose with the first location it chose in Wilsonville. After the City Council there created an urban renewal district to help fund the new plant, residents started a petition drive to refer it to the ballot.
Although Wiener would not say much about his role, others said he helped SoloPower officials understand the potential consequences of such a referral and consider their options outside of Wilsonville.