These are difficult and longstanding issues that require hard work, and often do not have simple answers. So here is what I have not done and what I will not do: politicize these efforts by
playing them out in the media or using them as a campaign tool.
As you well know, we will have numerous opportunities to appear jointly at forums and debates
throughout the community, including the City Club on April 23rd. But the community is not
served by using the tragic deaths of Aaron Campbell and others to forward a political campaign —
or even more distastefully, a political career. We should honor their memories by making
change, not demean them by trying to use their deaths to score political points.
Therefore, I respectfully decline your invitation.
Who's Grandstanding Whom?
Update, 8:22: Cornett hit back at Saltzman this evening, bringing up the death in 2005 of his best friend Ray Gwerder, at the hands of the Portland police:
"In the middle of everything else that I'm doing in my life right now, to be accused of trying to make political capital out of this situation by someone who could never imagine picking up bloody gloves off your porch after the police have taken your best friend and roommate from the world."
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