Feb 3 2009
10:39 am

Think we've got scandals in Knox County government? According to a story in this week's Time magazine, the Mayor of hipster Portland, Oregon is embroiled in a sizzling sex scandal where all the players have names that sound like something out of a porn movie. Compare to Knoxville where our rascals have cartoon-like names - Scoobie, Lumpy, Rags, Finch, etc.

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. Then there's Bob Ball, an openly gay local real estate developer who once had mayoral ambitions himself. In 2007, Ball hinted that Adams' mentoring relationship with a former legislative intern, Beau Breedlove (now 21), was, in fact, a sexual one that had begun when the young man was just 17.

SnM's picture

Scandal race!

Knox County must escalate its commitment to scandals in light of this new information. We have a clear scandal gap with Portland, and only an aggressive commitment to more scandals on the part of county officials will allow us to close this unprecedented scandal gap.

Nobody's picture

scandal crossover

Yes, Knox County has had it's share of scandals over the years. And just the last few years have brought us into a new "governing by litigation" direction for our county. From Black Wednesday to Mulch-gate, we have our share of buffoons with stupid nicknames to always remember what our local government was like. Or is like, depending on how you look at it.

It seems like Knoxville City government has had a non-buffoon policy, and hasn't experienced the grand glory of the county's scandals. But, that may be changing. The city government may be invaded by an ex-county player. The "hat" may be heading into the city's government ranks. So, watch out city council, scandal may be heading your way too.

sugarfatpie's picture

Who wants to live in a town

Who wants to live in a town with no scandals?
-Sugarfatpie (AKA Alex Pulsipher)

"X-Rays are a hoax."-Lord Kelvin

Lisa Starbuck's picture

Colorful Government

One thing you can say about Knox government - it might be predictable, but it ain't boring.

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