Can Portland's Gay Mayor Survive a Scandal?

The popular new mayor of one of America's most liberal cities sees his reputation crumble with allegations that he lied about an affair with an underage intern

Greg Wahl-Stephens / AP

Portland Mayor Sam Adams arrives at City Hall in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 26, 2009

The cast of the scandal in Portland, Ore., has a certain ring to it: Sam Adams. Bob Ball. Beau Breedlove and his dog Lolita ... "Everyone has porn names!" says Mark Wiener with a laugh. "Until yesterday, it had never occurred to me that the worst offending name was mine." Wiener (pronounced Wee-ner) is one of Oregon's most influential political consultants and a former — and now disheartened — campaign adviser to the protagonist in this political soap opera. That would be Sam Adams, the new mayor of Portland and the first openly gay man to lead a major American city....

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