As noted in this morning’s Oregonian Alan Classen and his colleague, Mike Ryerson of The Northwest Examiner did what many bloggers and their readers wish they could do. They used some great sleuthing to expose an anonymous blog commentator who berated public figures, and Portland in general. Turns out he is Brian Owendoff, the head of the Portland office of CB Richard Ellis, a major commercial real estate firm. Mr. Owendoff arrived in Portland about four years ago from Cleveland and apparently is not too happy with his new city.
From the Oregonian:
Owendoff was a regular on OregonLive, posting more than 200 comments since last June. For the most part, he voiced the sentiments of many pro-business conservatives concerned that Oregon's tax structure, business environment and lefty politics are dooming the state to economic also-ran status. He was particularly tough on Adams. "Sam has no fiscal responsibility. Sam will go down as a one-term mayor and among the weakest leaders the Rose City has ever seen. He will be pumping gas at the Chevron at 19th and Burnside before 2011."
Owendoff was a big supporter of Chris Dudley, the business-friendly GOP gubernatorial hopeful, and took frequent swipes at his Democratic opponent, now-Gov. John Kitzhaber. "Cohabitation in sin," Acta Non Verba wrote in a Dec. 3, 2010, post in apparent reference to Kitzhaber's relationship with his companion, Cylvia Hayes. "And a retread government that refuses to 'dress for success' in hillbilly jeans."
Owendoff even fretted about the message sent by "Portlandia," the new cable television sendup of the Rose City. "Unfortunately, this will continue perception that Portlanders are lazy with low work ethic and underemployed compared to other parts of the country. No wonder our median income is plummeting and very few out-of-town venture capitalists are making significant investments in Portland."
And from The Northwest Examiner:
"The silent majority dislikes the NW Examiner," Acta Non Verba wrote. "Why anyone would waste their money to advertise in this rag is beyond me. In addition to being good for bird cage liners, the NW Examiner is also excellent for potty training puppies and to wrap used fish parts. Shut up Allan, no one takes you seriously. Time to retire."
It makes me really happy that BlueOregon now requires Facebook identification. Just go to the Oregonian link above and read the vitriol in the comments section compared to the commentary here. Also I recommend you read the original article in The Northwest Examiner and enjoy the detective work and some real investigative journalism.