“On Wednesday evening, during a non-work related dinner with a friend in a designated outdoor area, Mayor Wheeler was confronted by a group of people. The Mayor had been seated for about five minutes when a group of people began shouting obscenities at the Mayor from outside the tent.”
“The Mayor attempted to ignore the group, but eventually they pushed their way past restaurant employees at the entrance and came inside. The Mayor asked them to leave. At that point, one member of the group started swatting at the Mayor and made physical contact with him. The Mayor was not injured. Restaurant staff persuaded the group to leave. Police arrived shortly after the group dispersed.”
“The Mayor is committed to supporting local businesses and wants others to do the same. Given the tenor of political discourse nationally and locally, it’s not unusual for people to confront the Mayor and other elected officials in public. It’s part of the job. The Mayor will continue to support local restaurants and businesses as often as he can. He urges others to do the same.” — The Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler, Official Statement.
What the Mayor’s office described as a “swatting”, and the Portland Police Department described as a “punching”, the activists themselves described on Twitter as a successful demonstration.
Beleaguered Mayor Ted Wheeler can’t seem to do anything right.
From one side, the progressive Democrat reelected in November is being relentlessly pressured by business owners and city leaders to do something, anything, about the nightly riots which continue to shake Portland. Coupled with the city’s ever-worsening homelessness crisis, the sprees of vandalism, violence, arson, and property damage have sent Portland business owners scrambling for the exits.
Small businesses and major corporations alike are closing down shop in Portland…