Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland has decided to dash from his $840,000 condo in order to avoid rioters who have targeted his own on numerous occasions.
Ted Wheeler wrote to neighbors in his building to say it would be “best for me and for everyone else’s safety and peace” for him to move from the building that rioters tried to torch on his 58th birthday Monday, according to The Oregonian.
“I want to express my sincere apologies for the damage to our home and the fear that you are experiencing due to my position,” Wheeler reportedly wrote, according to a screenshot of the email.
The mayor bought his two-bedroom condo in the building with 114 units for $840,000 in 2017, the paper said, citing property records. It has regularly been a scene of protests, with fireworks lit and lights shone on the building as fires also get lit in the street.
“It’s unfair to all of you who have no role in politics or in my administration,” Wheeler added.
Wheeler has faced harsh criticism for his handling of the protests in the City of Roses for 97 consecutive nights since George Floyd’s police-custody death in Minneapolis in May. He has sympathized with protesters, called for cops to refrain from arrests and also pledged to defund the police.
Portland mayor @tedwheeler, who has an Oregon beachfront home, a $1.3m home on the west hills & another property in the San Juan Islands, announces he is looking to move from his NW Portland condo after antifa keep attacking it. #PortlandRiots https://t.co/2JdQuvKB2Z
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 2, 2020
President Donald Trump called Wheeler a “wacky Radical Left Do Nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland,” adding that he had “watched great death and destruction of his City during his tenure.”
Portland’s police chief, Chuck Lovell, used the arson attack on Wheeler’s condo building as proof that “the nightly violence is coming at increased cost.”
“Our elected officials need to do their part to draw a line in the sand and to hold people accountable,” he said, calling for “urgent action.”
Wheeler also attacked the acts of “senseless violence” that “range from stupid, to dangerous, to criminal” — while highlighting alleged police brutality and saying he still stands with protesters.