Portland, Oregon’s mayor is Sam Adams. He is the first openly gay mayor of a large city in the United States. He publicly apologized this week for lying about a sexual relationship he had with an 18-year-old male named Beau Breedlove in 2005, and for asking the teen to lie about it. Read more about it below, see photo and watch a video.

Sam Adams

Mayor Sam Adams

After denying it for over a year, the 45 year old newly elected mayor of Portland has finally, and most certainly grudgingly, admitted to having a sexual relationship with an 18 year old in 2005 when he was a city commissioner and the mentor of the teen.

Sam Adams, who is openly gay, was forced to acknowledged the relationship with Beau Breedlove after one of our local newspapers waded through the muck and broke the story.

In 2005, Beau Breedlove was 17 years old and a minor when he first met Adams, then 42. When rumors began swirling about an inappropriate relationship, both Sam and Beau insisted their relationship was platonic. At the time, Beau Breedlove was a legislative intern whom Sam Adams supposedly mentored on being gay and in public service.

At the time, Sam Adams who had mayoral aspirations said this:

“I have been the target of a nasty smear by a would-be political opponent. I didn’t get into public life to allow my instinct to help others to be snuffed out by fear of sleazy misrepresentations or political manipulation.â€?

Of course that was all a big fat lie.

But being Portland, a city noted for its liberal ideology, it embraced Sam and his faux outrage, dropped the story, and duly elected him Mayor.

So now, after 3 years and an election, it seems people are talking again – friends of Beau; staffers of Sam; good investigative reporting — and this time, it’s forced a confession.

In a statement he released Monday confirming the relationship, Sam Adams said he lied about the Beau Breedlove affair back in 2005 because the rumors claimed the teen was underage. He said the relationship did not begin until 3 weeks after the teen turned 18 in June 2005. That is the legal age of consent in Oregon.

And he admitted he asked the teen to lie about their relationship.

“I am deeply sorry that I asked him to lie for me,” he said.

Interestingly, the city of Portland’s leading Gay Publication is calling for his resignation. It’s editorial board says this:

“By his own admission, by committing the act of lying to the citizens of Portland, Adams has failed to show the principled character that this publication feels is a basic requirement for an elected official.”

Most Porlanders don’t care who Sam Adams sleeps with as long as it’s legal. Was that mentoring relationship actually ‘grooming’? When did their intimate relationship actually begin — Sam Adams says it happened 3 weeks after Beau’s 18th birthday but, if he lied about all of this, could he also be lying about that?

Beau Breedlove who is now 21, has released a statement about the relationship and the Oregon Attorney General has opened up and investigation.

At this point, Mayor Adams has no plans to resign. You can read his mea culpa here and watch his pathetic statement on video below.

Mayor Sam Adams Apology to Portland Video