Posted on | March 2, 2016 | 11 Comments
Neil Goldschmidt was Secretary of Transportation in the Carter administration from 1979 to 1981, and governor of Oregon 1987-1991, but before that . . .
In the 1970s, Portland, Oregon, mayor Neil Goldschmidt started sleeping with his kids’ babysitter. She was 14 when it started. It didn’t become public, but it also wasn’t a well-guarded secret. Goldschmidt took her to parties with other power brokers in the state, but no one said anything. . . .
That Goldschmidt raped a babysitter didn’t become public until 14 years later later in the wake of a scandal involving Goldschmidt and his lobbying clients, as well as some dogged Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting from Willamette Week that brought it to light. They were referred to as the “light rail mafia” because Goldschmidt was exploiting all of the transportation rules and development restrictions that he himself had put in place when he was in office. The story was that Goldschmidt’s victim had threatened to go public and one of the conditions of the settlement was that he would leave public life. So he became the state’s top lobbyist, not that the move would necessarily prevent him from doing less political damage. . . .
One of those in on the cover-up? Liberal publisher Win McCormack, who co-founded Mother Jones and recently bought The New Republic. Kicker:
In 2011, Elizabeth Lynn Dunham, Goldschmidt’s teenage victim, died in hospice at age 49. She spent most of her life battling addiction and mental illness. Neil Goldschmidt is still with us. When he’s not in Oregon, he lives on an estate in the South of France.
Democrats are the “rape culture” feminists never notice.
(Hat-tip: Ace of Spades HQ.)
UPDATE: Here’s a Weekly Standard story from 2012 in which Mark Hemingway remarks: “Portland is quietly closing in on San Francisco as the American city that has most conspicuously taken leave of its senses.”