Carol McCracken (Post # 2,572)
Mayor Ethan Strimling and his wife of about 10 years have split. The Mayor has maintained a romantic relationship with Stephanie Clifford, his campaign manager, for Portland’s mayor last year. She’s also married. The couple plans to marry eventually said one source trying to put a positive spin on this embarrassing episode in his friend’s life, if there is one. “This is TRULY love,” the source said. “He’s not a womanizer.” Allegedly, the Figurehead is laying out a framework for a run for the US Congress someday.
Rumors about the split have been circulating for several months now. But recently sources familiiar with the situation confirmed the split and the circumstances to mhn.com. Last November Strimling defeated incumbent Mayor Michael Brennan and became the second popularly elected Mayor in many years. One of the sources learned of the split immediately following November day. That begs the question – was the split kept under wraps until after election day? Not good PR for the Figurehead. Not good at all.
The newly elected Mayor came under fire when it was first revealed herein on January 12, 2016 (Post # 2,534) that he was hiring a special assistant to perform many of the duties that the Mayor was elected to perform – or in his image. Speculation, and that’s all it is, is that this was a position created for his girlfriend. Interviews for the job as special assistant to the Mayor are expected to begin next week. There were 57 applicants for the position. Apparently, city manager Jon Jennings found money somewhere otherwise not allocated to pay the salary and benefits for the special assistant to the Figurehead.
Who will Strimling’s “brain” be? His future wife?
Meanwhile, Strimling is moving his city hall office from a modest location on the second floor that was occupied by the no-frills Mayor Brennan to a special suite – the special suite he’s moving to is to the left of the administrative offices for the city on the same floor. The special space is currently being renovated to make it larger for the Figurehead and one other office for his special assistant? The cost is $5,000.00. Supporting the financial whims and the emotional needs of the Flawed Figurehead is getting expensive for the city. Who knew? This all speaks to character and to judgment – or lack thereof.
By the way, where is the Mayor? He never seems to be in his old office and no one has a clue where he is. Hmmmm.
Two emails to the Flawed Figurehead seeking comment have gone unanswered to date.
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