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Friday, July 24, 2009

Best of the Adams Investigation Emails

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Buried in the avalanche of material the Attorney General's office made public after it wrapped up the investigation of Mayor Sam Adams earlier this month are all the internal AG office emails about the investigation.

I blogged about some of the more newsworthy ones last week but have been wondering what to do with the best ones in the pile—the ones containing off-the-cuff remarks about Adams and strange constituents.

I figure, hey, it's about time we post them for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! The following emails are between AG office staffers and each other or regular citizens writing in. Tony Green is AG John Kroger's communication's director, Harry Wilson is an assistant attorney general (one of about 300), Ben Unger is John Kroger's special assistant, Julie Rutherford works in constituent and legal affairs, Jan Margosian is a consumer and constituent contact for the office.

From: Rutherford Julie
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 8:54 AM
To: Wilson Harry B
Subject: twitter
First, here are some good crib notes from the revenue hearing http://twitter.com/d_williams

Second, sam adams has a twitter too: "Rise and shine! 7:30 am, Brussels, Velo-City 2008 Conference, readying my presentation on PDX's bicycling efforts: www.velo-city2009.com10:35 PM May 11th from web" (May 11th) I'm glad that he is working hard to fund more european sports in PDX

Julie Rutherford

From: Wilson Harry B
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 8:56 AM
To: Rutherford Julie
Subject: RE: twitter

is there a number yet?

sam adams is an idiot.



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From: Lars Larson
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:26 AM
To: Tony Green
Subject: RE: Attorney General Kroger Announces $655,000 grant to combat internet sex predators

Where is the sam adams report/decision
Lars

From: Tony Green
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:28 AM
To: Lars Larson

It's not completed

From: Lars Larson
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:29 AM
To: Tony Green

Okay want to get your boss on to talk about internet predators
Lars

From: Green Tony
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:42 AM
To: Unger Ben
Cc: Rutherford Julie
Subject: Lars Larson

He wants Kroger at noon. he initially asked about Adams. then said he wanted to talk to him about ICAC. Josh has always said not to trust Lars. We've had an unofficial policy of no Larson until Adams is done. Any reason to change that?

From: Unger Ben
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:43 AM
To: Unger Ben; Green Tony
Cc: Rutherford Julie
Subject: RE: Lars Larson

No, I am not all that interested in going on Lars at all, but especially right now.

More emails below the cut.


From: Darrell M
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 11:18 AM
To: Jan Margosian
Subject: Mayor Sam Adams

Hi:
What specific date is the Attorney General going to release his report on Mayor Sam Adams?
Pursuant to DAS policy a response is due within 24 hours time.
Thanks,
Darrell

"So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community. Every wanton and causeless restraint of the will of the subject, whether practiced by a monarch, a nobility, or a popular assembly, is a degree of tyranny."
Sir William Blackstone
English Jurist
1723-1780
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
Benjamin Franklin
1706-1790
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."
Thomas Jefferson
1743-1826

From: Margosian Jan
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 11:41 AM
To: Rutherford Julie
Subject: FW: Mayor Sam Adams
Julie—as I recall, you are handling the Sam Adams letters. Is there a DAS policy of 24 hours? never heard of that one. If someone else is handling these inquiries, let me know so I don't bug you. Jan

From: Rutherford Julie
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 1:06 PM
To: Margosian Jan
Subject: RE: Mayor Sam Adams
I'm not sure about the 24 hour policy, but we have no comment on any Adams inquiries. Feel free to respond, or I can if you prefer.
This is a hilarious email by the way :)

From: Rutherford Julie
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 2:38 PM
To: darrellm
Subject: Mayor Adams investigation
Hi Darrell,
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Mayor Adams investigation. It is still underway and our office is uanable to provide any further details. However, do know that we appreciate your reaching out. Thanks!
Julie Rutherford

From: Darrell M
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 2:53 PM
To: Rutherford Julie
Subject: RE: Mayor Adams investigation
Ms. Rutherford:
Not an acceptable answer. The people of the state of Oregon are not going to pander to the politics of the Attorney Generalís office. He has had the investigation for several months time. He should be able to place a finite date as to when his investigation will conclude. Did you personally ask the Attorney General re my question? Or, has this ìresponseî been the ìspinî to the people to date?
Thanks,
Darrell


From: Price, Gayle
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:34 PM
To: Reichhoff Elizabeth; Green Tony ; Hays Judy; Bader Chrystal M
Subject: Sam Adams decision
Importance: High


1. Caller unhappy because there was a lingering kiss involved and two things are happening with that hands are moving and mouth is open, which means he convicted himself he feels, and should not have gotten off.

MessageFrom: Green Tony
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:35 PM
To: Rutherford Julie
Subject: FW: Sam Adams decision

all yours

Tony Green

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