Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is reportedly moving away from his Portland home after months long unrest has made its way to his front door. “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 said in an email to building residents, according to Oregon Live. “It’s unfair to all of you who have no role in politics or in my administration.”
Ted Wheeler will be switching residencies days after demonstrators again made their way to his building. Demonstrators have sporadically made their way to Wheeler’s building since June, at times starting fires. At one point, rioters threw burning debris into the building. A riot was declared and the crowd of 200 was dispersed by riot police. According to KATU reporter Allison Mechanic; the crowd set a fire in the street, mockingly celebrating the mayor’s birthday. Wheeler once joined the demonstrators over the summer, but has continued to be a target.
According to Andy Ngo, Ted Wheeler has more than one property outside Portland.
The rioting and unrest in Portland has continued largely unabated for over 90 days. The unrest resulted in a shooting just days ago, when Patriot Prayer member Jay Bishop was shot and killed. A self-described antifascist named Michael Forest Reinoehl is reportedly under investigation in regards to his involvement with the Bishop killing. According to Oregon Live, Reinoehl had brought a loaded gun to an earlier demonstration.
Ted Wheeler blamed Donald Trump for the violence in his city despite repeatedly declining offers of Federal assistance.