Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he will move after rioters broke windows, set fire to his condo building

by Joel Abbott · Sep 2nd, 2020 2:48 pm

Last Updated Sep 3rd, 2020 at 12:43 pm

The day after rioters attacked his residence, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has announced he is planning to move elsewhere.

On Monday, the mayor's 58th birthday, a group of more than 200 rioters set fire to the mayor's condo building, broke windows, and set off fireworks as they called for his resignation.

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In a Tuesday email, the mayor told other residents of his condo building that he is moving out "for everyone else's safety and peace."

"I want to express my sincere apologies for the damage to our home and the fear that you are experiencing due to my position," the mayor wrote in the email. "It's unfair to all of you who have no role in politics or in my administration."

Wheeler purchased his two-bedroom condo in 2017 for $840,000. His building has 114 units in addition to ground-floor retail space.

Earlier this week, Wheeler blamed President Trump for the ongoing violence in Portland, which has raged for months. The president offered the city federal assistance last week, which Wheeler refused.

In response to the riot outside the mayor's residence, Portland's Police Chief Chuck Lovell released a statement saying it "marked yet another escalation of the senseless violence" before calling for officials to hold criminals responsible.

"Our elected officials need to do their part to draw a line in the sand and to hold people accountable," Lovell said. "The violent behavior must end."


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