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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Today In Recall Land: Leonard's "Forgiveness"

Posted by Matt Davis on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Recall spokesman Jasun Wurster addressed council in a shirt and tie (YES!) this morning, asking for Mayor Sam Adams' assurance that city employees will not face political retaliation for signing the recall petition. "Of course," Adams responded. Wurster said he was "deeply concerned that signing sites in small businesses across our city are reporting that people are coming in claiming that they are from the recall campaign here to pick up signed petitions. Let's just stop that, alright?"

Afterwards, Wurster told the Mercury that a site at Fix My Dead PC had been visited yesterday afternoon by a young man claiming to be from the recall campaign to collect petitions. This is the only example of the problem he could cite, so far.

Wurster also asked City Commissioner Randy Leonard to "stop being Sam's mouthpiece" this morning. "Do we really want to involve state elections on this?" he asked. I'm not sure what he meant by that part, but I think he may have been referring to state elections law that prohibits Adams' own employees from fighting the recall on the city clock. Still, how it refers to Leonard, who is an elected official, I'm not sure. Any insight out there? I'm stuck in council and can't make any phone calls on the subject for at least an hour.



"I am not Sam's mouthpiece," Leonard responded. "I have my hands full controlling my own mouth."

"I don't want to get spiritual," he continued. "But my grandmother started the church of spirituality in Salem and her blood flow in my veins. And she always recited the saying judge not lest ye be judged. There but for the grace of God go I."

"Sam asked me for my forgiveness, and I gave that to him," Leonard said. "In his heart I know he is an honorable, hard-working, good man."

"I don't have friends that lie, I don't have friends that cheat, I don't have friends that steal," he said. "I don't have any friends that have not tested the bounds of my friendship."

Leonard got a round of applause slightly louder than the one afforded Wurster, at the conclusion of his speech.

In other recall news, Oregonian columnist Anna Griffin has urged former mayor Tom Potter to "put away his lightsaber" in this morning's paper. Can we quit the political Star Wars metaphors already?! Still, I agree with her conclusion:

Given their history, Potter does not look like the unvarnished good guy in this fight, like he's truly judging his former colleague solely on the lies about Breedlove.

He looks cranky and even vengeful, both decidedly un-Jedi-like traits.

Feel free to suggest an alternate labored metaphor for Potter's recent behavior in the comments.

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