After pandering to the far-left anarchists who have been rioting in Portland for months, how is Mayor Ted Wheeler fairing in his re-election campaign? Well, if the idea was to endear himself to the radical residents of his Oregon hometown, we can only conclude that it was a failure of a strategy. We know this because his opponent in the race – a woman who recently proclaimed “I am Antifa” – is leading the embattled mayor by a whopping eleven points as we head into the home stretch.
Wheeler is getting whipped by Sarah Iannarone, whose biography, according to Willamette Week, amounts to this: “An unknown Portland State University bureaucrat preaching the value of sustainability and smarter transportation and land-use policies.”
But if you’re thinking, well, that tells me that they could have run a sofa against Wheeler and have still won the election in a landslide, don’t be so sure. Iannarone is unapologetically radical in her left-wing politics. When the Portland demonstrations were just getting started in early July, she tweeted her support for the anarchists.
“Goddamn tired of watching reporters, medics, legal observers, peaceful protesters, and, yes, vandals getting targeted, arrested & assaulted by Portland Police,” she tweeted. “F*ck you, Ted Wheeler, seriously.”
Later in the campaign, she pledged her support of Antifa, branding herself an “everyday anti-fascist.”
In case there were still voters not clued in on the message, Iannarone gave them some visual illustrations, wearing a skirt that was decorated with the faces of Mao Zedong, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and other Communist dictators.
And that seems to be exactly what Portland residents want in their new mayor.
“Wheeler polled at 30% to Iannarone’s 41%, with the remaining 29% of surveyed voters split between writing in a candidate (16%) or remaining undecided (13%),” Willamette Week reported. “It’s an especially notable result given that the poll was not conducted by either campaign, though PBA is supporting the mayor. (The poll has a four percentage point margin of error.)”
While we certainly understand the impulse to get rid of the feckless, incompetent Ted Wheeler, the fact that Portland is set to replace him with this lunatic is evidence that this city is beyond saving. If they put Sarah Iannarone in office…well, sorry, but they will get exactly what they deserve.