Anarchist flyers purportedly distributed in support of the campaign to oust Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler raise questions.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - A handbill purportedly created to raise support for the campaign to eject Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is in fact bogus, according to recall organizers.  The campaign to yank Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler from office has barely begun — and allegations of dirty tricks are already thick on the ground.

City residents woke up Friday, July 9, to find flyers purportedly in support of recalling the mayor scattered across Northeast Portland. But there was something fishy about the handbills, which advocated for far more than simply removing the mayor at the ballot box.

The leaflets, which are emblazoned with the official logo of the Total Recall political action committee, list a number of far-left priorities, including abolishing the Portland Police Bureau. Here are others:

• Appoint Jo Ann Hardesty as police commissioner

• Disarm all police

• Replace (the police) with political community defense groups managed by Sarah Iannarone

Organizers for Total Recall said they had not authorized the flyers. Other recall boosters said the bogus bills were nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt to push potential supporters away.

"That's not us," the group said. "We highly doubt it's Sarah Iannarone either — but you'd have to ask her directly, since she's not part of our campaign."

"Nope, not me," added Iannarone, who ran unsuccessfully against Wheeler in the last election. "I'm far too busy trying to turn I-5 into an ecovillage and reclaiming people's driveways for food forests through eminent domain to engage in public safety efforts."

To be sure, Total Recall's organizers have made no secret of their lefty politics — arguing Mayor Wheeler is unfit to serve based on a number of reasons, including undue deference to downtown business interests and because the police bureau he controls doused crowds with tear gas during last year's protests.

But observers say the campaign's best bet for finding nearly 50,000 signatures in 90 days from voters registered within city limits is to attract mayoral detractors on both the left and the right.

Anarchy as Order, another group listed as creators of the handbill, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Zane Sparling
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