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Why 63% disapproval of Portland’s radical left mayor Ted Wheeler is bad news for conservatives

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Why 63% disapproval of Portland’s radical left mayor Ted Wheeler is bad news for conservatives

 

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/

 by Dr. Eowyn

Posted on September 12, 2020

 

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Portland, Oregon has now had more than 100 consecutive nights of violent mayhem by Antifa and BLM anarchists and thugs.

Portland’s mayor, 58-year-old Edward Tevis “Ted” Wheeler, boasts higher-educational credentials of a B.A. in economics from Stanford University, a Master’s in business administration from Columbia University, and a Master’s in public policy from Harvard University.

The epitome of so-called “white privilege”, Wheeler is a 6th-generation Oregonian, born to and heir of a conservative wealthy family who made their fortune in the timber industry. Wheeler worked in the financial services industry for corporations including Bank of America and Copper Mountain Trust before entering politics in 2006 as a registered Republican when he was elected Multnomah, OR county commissioner.

In 2010, he was appointed State Treasurer by Oregon’s Democrat governor Ted Kulongoski. Later that year, Wheeler switched party and won the Democrat primary for Treasurer; in 2013, he was elected Treasurer in a special election. Three years later, in 2016, Wheeler was elected mayor of Portland with 54% of the vote.

George Floyd protests began in Portland on May 28, 2020. Initially peaceful, the protests turned into a riot two days later on May 30. Despite that, on June 9, Wheeler proposed the defunding of three Portland police units, including the gun violence reduction team; the “diversion” of $12 million from the police bureau and other city departments to support “communities of color”; and banning officers from using chokeholds. On June 17, the Portland city council defunded the city police by cutting at least $15 million from the police department and eliminating 84 positions.

In early July, the federal government deployed law enforcement officers to Portland for the stated purpose of protecting federal property, including the U.S. courthouse that repeatedly had been vandalized since June. The federal officers made arrests and fired pepper spray or tear gas at protesters who got too close to the courthouse. Ted Wheeler and Oregon’s Demonrat governor Kate Brown denounced President Trump’s deployment of federal officers to protect federal property in Portland.

On August 28, Wheeler wrote an open letter to President Trump asking him not to send the National Guard to the city, saying that “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery.” This, despite the fact that a year ago in August 2019, Wheeler had requested that the National Guard be on standby in anticipation of a potentially explosive stand-off between Antifa demonstrators and “far-right” groups. Gov. Brown denied Wheeler’s request.

On September 1, 2020, after Antifa rioters attacked, vandalized and burned a fire in the apartment building in which Wheeler has a condo, he said he would move out “for the safety” of the apartment’s residents.

Here on Fellowship of the Minds, we have wondered why Portland residents are tolerating the continuous, unceasing nightly riots and mayhem — of arson, vandalism, looting, toppling of statues, assaults, and the shooting death of a Trump supporter. Some of us speculate that Portlanders are not doing anything about the continuous riots because they fear being targeted and attacked.

But their silence and do-nothing do not mean approval.

Everton Bailey Jr. reports for Oregon Live, Sept. 8, 2020, that two months ahead of the November 3 election (and Wheeler’s reelection), a new poll shows that 63% or two-thirds of likely Portland voters have an “unfavorable” impression of mayor Ted Wheeler.

That finding has been trumpeted by conservatives, including talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh, as a sign that the tides are turning.

But is it?

 

 

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zurg

They won’t vote for Trump or conservatives but it’s good that the sentiment that rioting is a a bad idea is recognized even my Marxist hotbeds in the nation. THEIR behavior won’t change but the behavior of those who observe them likely will. 

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Ticked@TinselTown

Anyone who doesn't have the backbone to do the job of protecting the peace from terrorism in the streets of their city night after night doesn't deserve to hold that office, regardless of what party they represent.

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3 hours ago, pepperonikkid said:

Here on Fellowship of the Minds, we have wondered why Portland residents are tolerating the continuous, unceasing nightly riots and mayhem — of arson, vandalism, looting, toppling of statues, assaults, and the shooting death of a Trump supporter. Some of us speculate that Portlanders are not doing anything about the continuous riots because they fear being targeted and attacked.

But their silence and do-nothing do not mean approval.

Having lived in Portland '02-'12, I can speak to that.

Think of Portland as not one monolithic "city" but as a loose federation of "neighborhoods" or "districts". Probably MORE so than any place else I've lived. Heck, EXACTLY the same property can go up (or down) by several  $100,000s just by what neighborhood you're in. We lived in the Grant Park neighborhood, near-east side of town, upper middle class bordering on "upscale". Anything we wanted within walking distance. Fred Meyer and QFC groceries and at least a dozen restaurants within a 5 minute walk. In 10 minutes, we could walk to the "Hollywood" district with even more choices. For a 20 minute walk, we could be at the Lloyd Center Mall and/or Rose Garden Arena. 30 minutes, we could be across the river and "Downtown". 

But at the same time it was also very "insular". Neighbors know Neighbors and look out for each other. Something happening more than 2 or 3 neighborhoods away, well, that's THEIR problem, might as well be happening on Pluto.  

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Noclevermoniker

It’s bad news for Portland, but not necessarily conservatives. That’s quite a leap, IMO. 

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Hieronymous

Isnt one of his potential opponents an antifa sympathizer?

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