Sarah Iannarone, a self-proclaimed Antifa member who has proudly stated “I am Antifa” on her social media account, is running for mayor in Portland.
The election, which is set for November, could spell the difference between a city that is still trying to hold onto a semblance of law and order and a disaster zone run by a far-left zealot.
Portland’s next mayor could become a woman who shut down traffic after President Trump won the presidential election in 2016, and has told news outlets that peaceful protests “might not necessarily move the conversation forward.”
Picking between current Democrat Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Sarah Iannarone may not seem like much of a choice on the surface. However, there are important differences between the two candidates. Mayor Wheeler, citing First Amendment concerns, has allowed protestors from both sides of the political aisle to demonstrate on city property. Sarah Iannarone, on the other hand, vows that she won’t allow “hate groups” inside the state. And we all know that this is just code for “right-wing.”
The premise is scary given the fact that the far-left has classified a wide range of groups as “hate groups,” including top-tier conservative law firms. Mayor Wheeler is eliminating a couple of police units and reducing police funding. Sarah Iannarone’s campaign platform pledges that she will “demilitarize” the response to current protests, essentially leaving police unarmed as they face violent rioters.
Other notable aspects of her platform include a pledge to declare a climate change emergency, provide free transit for everyone in the city, create tenant-friendly laws that all but ensure landlords will either sell their real estate or allow it to sit vacant instead of renting it out to potentially delinquent tenants, provide guaranteed income to the poor, etc.
Not surprisingly, Sarah Iannarone intends to tax the “rich” to pay for her generosity to the less fortunate. The move has been tried before and it typically results in the “rich” simply leaving town while the middle and lower-class workers feel the pain of living in a city that cannot generate enough tax revenue.
At present, it’s hard to gauge just how much support Iannarone has. Wheeler won the initial mayoral election while Ms. Iannarone came in a distant second. However, Mayor Wheeler’s failure to win more than 50% of the vote had led to a November run-off election between the two candidates.
One poll indicates that each candidate has about a third of the city’s support while a third remains undecided. If this is true, then a handful of Portlanders hold their city’s fate in their hands — and that’s scary enough for us.