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

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

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler

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?

My reaction to the poll is one of incredulity . Only two-thirds of Portlanders disapprove of their mayor? That means as many as a third of Portland voters actually approve of Wheeler’s handling of the continuous riots?

Here are some other findings of the phone and online poll of 435 “likely” Portland voters, conducted by California-based FM3 Research, which indicate that Portlanders haven’t really changed:

  • Only a little more than half (59%) believe Portland is heading in the wrong direction.
  • 76% view the Marxist Black Lives Matter favorably; 22% unfavorable.
  • 92% support “non-violent protests”, but as many as 67% are in favor of “these protests” — i.e., the ongoing mayhem.
  • A majority of Portlanders believe there is a systemic problem in the city’s policing system. 70% said they would vote for a November ballot measure to create a new community-driven independent police oversight system, whatever that means. Not surprisingly, there is a partisan divide on the the ballot measure, with 90% of Democrats and 60% of Independents supporting the measure, whereas 78% of conservatives and 70% of Republicanas are against it. Alas, conservatives make up a small portion of the Portland electorate.

~Eowyn

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DCG
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DCG
9 days ago

The tide won’t turn in PDX. Nor Seattle. Nor Chiraq. Nor any other hard-left, demorat-run city. The public indoctrination process has made sure of that.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
9 days ago
Reply to  DCG

DCG. . .Sadly, I must agree with you about these Democratically run “shitholes” not being able to turn around. Our young people have been seduced by the leftistist-Socialists-Communists who teach in the public schools, and the students coming out of these schools believe these rabid teachers more than their own family members. I am so heartsick over what is going on that I am strongly contemplating selling my family’ 4-Plex and getting out of Portland. I can hardly believe the gross stupidity of the average citizen in this city!!!!!

DeathMerchant
DeathMerchant
9 days ago
Reply to  DCG

So has vote by mail

GRIZZ
GRIZZ
9 days ago
Reply to  DeathMerchant

Damn straight.
Here in Colorado it gave us a California jew married to a boy for governor.
And of course…he sux

Tom Wigand
Editor
9 days ago
Reply to  DCG

DCG, Recently I’ve been coming to conclude that many on the Progressive side are (literally) under demonic possession. This (insight?) (perception?) arose after months of conversations with my wife as we’d watch OAN, Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson (etc.) and say to each other: “How is it that they can say / believe that, don’t they see …?” We were baffled about how people could be so not just oblivious, but 180 degrees off from what could be right in front of their eyes. We make fun of CNN and its “mostly peaceful protests” as building burn behind the talking head… Read more »

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
8 days ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Dr. E,

The Bible says that leftists are of the Devil! Just read Matt. 25:41. See for yourself here: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-25/#41

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
6 days ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

You’re welcome!

Nabi
Nabi
8 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wigand

Nope. Aliens are here–REAL ones. Invasion of the body snatchers.

Tom Wigand
Editor
8 days ago
Reply to  Nabi

And they’re here illegally. And the Democrats plan on giving them amnesty, and the right to vote. 😉

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
8 days ago
Reply to  Tom Wigand

“DCG, Recently I’ve been coming to conclude that many on the Progressive side are (literally) under demonic possession.” I couldn’t agree more. At first I thought it was just rebellious morons, then perhaps people with actual mental incapacities. But now it seems likely that more and more of them are truly possessed… Including many Democrat leaders bowing to them. What I can’t understand is the numbers of general-population folks choosing to follow them. Or those choosing to publicly kneel before them and ask for forgiveness for their whiteness. Sheer insanity, or fear? It literally reminds me of films on the… Read more »

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
8 days ago
Reply to  DCG

Not only that, the voting system is hopelessly rigged so they CAN’T be tossed from power! They make the old Soviet elections look honest…

Hesperian
Hesperian
9 days ago

There’s no such thing as white privilege.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
9 days ago
Reply to  Hesperian

I believe you are correct in that conclusion. . . however, thee is hard work, perseverance, believing in education as the means to improve your lot in life. I have seen first hand the work and sacrifice that my “white” parents, grandparents, great-grandpaents put into trying to improve the lives of their children. God Bless them thru all time for their sacrifices and great effort in allowing my and my siblings to stand on their shoulder for a leg up. This same opportunity is available to other peoples, regardless of whether they are white, black, red, yellow, or any other… Read more »

Catapult
Catapult
9 days ago
Reply to  Hesperian

Actually, it is affirmative action that enforces black privilege. Moreover, white cowering from fear of being labeled “racist” and targeted for violence by BLM provides blacks additional “privilege”.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 days ago
Reply to  Hesperian

Equality of outcome enforced by screaming “Racism!” as the excuse.

Nabi
Nabi
8 days ago
Reply to  Hesperian

There kind of is. I have the ‘privilege’ of hiring an employee who I believe will give me the least trouble (if I do it quietly).

Larry Folds
Larry Folds
9 days ago

The death of democrats is the only answer to cleaning up these cities.

Catapult
Catapult
9 days ago

“Wheeler’s handling of the continuous riots?”

Wheeler’s SUPPORT of the continuous riots.

There, fixed it.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 days ago

They disapprove of soy boy because they don’t think he’s Leftist enough.

Reuben G.
Reuben G.
9 days ago

my assumption is they hate him because he isn’t extreme enough. They’ll only be happy when they get someone like Mao.

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
9 days ago

1) “On August 28, Wheeler wrote an open letter to President Trump… “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery.” Translation: “We prefer to open the gates of Hell and welcome in all spawning of demonhood to our city.” 2) “…findings of the phone and online poll of 435 “likely” Portland voters…” Statistically, that is such a tiny number to poll that the results are insignificant, unless Portland has maybe <40,000 residents. I’m surprised anyone would pay for, let alone publish the results of such a poll there. But the results, such as they are, point to the fact… Read more »

Jen
Jen
9 days ago

So the mayor of Portland has led a charmed life – heir to a wealthy conservative family that made their fortune in timber;)

mlopez
mlopez
9 days ago

They must be made to live in the squalor and with the consequences. No federal aid.

Nabi
Nabi
8 days ago

Yep. I have friends like that. Totally brainwashed to rationalize any sort of abuse. Munchausen syndrome, likely by proxy.

Nabi
Nabi
8 days ago

Portlanders are too busy FBing notes around the country telling contacts how great things REALLY are there to notice how awful things are.

Nathan
Nathan
8 days ago

Progressive in my eyes is regression. What is progressive about lowering standards across the whole board.
This is what we get unhinged mental illness in the form of people in position’s of authority.