Big League Politics:
Portland could become the first ANTIFA city.
Neoliberal Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is trailing a left-wing election challenger who identifies herself as a member of the ANTIFA movement, according to a new poll from the Portland Business Alliance.
Wheeler is supported by 30% of likely Portland voters, while ANTIFA-affiliated progressive challenger Sarah Iannarone has 41% support. Iannarone had challenged Wheeler, who has since become universally unpopular in the city for his efforts to appease left-wing militants while largely blaming the failures of his administration on President Trump.
Another recent poll indicates that Ted Wheeler has an unfavorability rating of 63% with only 26% of Portlanders approving of his job performance. It is difficult to win reelection to any office with those sorts of underwater approval ratings.
Iannarone has openly identified as a member of ANTIFA. She had previously challenged Wheeler for the mayoralty in Portland’s non-partisan elections in 2016, but the atmosphere of violent leftism in the city appears to have boosted the prospects of the leftist candidate.
If Iannarone wins the November election, the Portland Police would stand to be either sharply limited from performing law enforcement duties at ANTIFA riots, or abolished entirely. It’s likely that federal police and US Marshals would have to return to the city in force to prevent the destruction of the Hatfield Federal Courthouse.