Sources Say • A NW Weiner connection?
UPDATE • U.S. Rep. Greg Walden says Weiner should resign from Congress
What are the chances that Portland campaign consultant Mark Wiener would be connected to two nationally known political sex scandals?
Wiener was advising then-Commissioner Sam Adams when rumors started circulating that Adams had a relationship with a minor. Wiener helped Adams deny the rumors and salvage his political career. When Adams admitted having a relationship with Beau Breedlove shortly after he turned 18, Wiener said Adams had lied to him about it. The story made national news because the truth came out shortly after Adams was elected mayor.
It turns out that Wiener has also worked for Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman who has admitted sexting with women who are not his wife and lying about it to the press. Both worked for U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., at the same time, and the Portland Wiener ran the New York Weiner's first campaign for Congress.
But Wiener says his former employer has not asked for advice about how to deal with his current scandal. The story has generated headlines and talk-show laughs for more than a week.
Don't offend you-know-who
Portland business types have long complained about the lack of political candidates with private sector experience. Now the 2012 mayor's race suddenly has two candidates with business backgrounds, New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady and former City Commissioner Charlie Hales, who has worked as a transit consultant since leaving City Hall in 2002.
Portland Business Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra McDonough is cautious about the implications for her organization, however, noting that it will not endorse anyone until after the filing deadline, which is March 6 of next year.
'I'm sure there will be some good discussions,' is all McDonough would tell Sources.
Mayor Adams has yet to announce his intentions, which might help explain her diplomacy.
On the campaign trail
Despite McDonough's reluctance to commit on the mayor's race, Brady continues to pick up business support. Her most recent campaign finance filings show that she received $250 from financial adviser Mark Rosenbaum, a former chairman of the Portland Development Commission. Earlier, she received $1,000 from Schuyler W. Lininger Jr., chief executive officer of Aisle7, a wellness products marketing company.
Brady is also attracting support from sustainable-oriented businesses, a field that Adams has prioritized for city support. For example, Scott Lewis, CEO of Brightworks Sustainability Advisors, gave her $500. She also received $500 from Hiroshi Morihara, president of HM3 Energy, a biomass power company.
Hales has yet to report his fundraising. Adams has not received a major campaign contribution in more than two years.