Opponents of efforts to fluoridate the Portland water supply won handily in Tuesday's election, but they're not stopping; they've had just about enough of the underhanded, big money, back-door schemes that have been employed by fluoride backers to get the City Council to implement mass fluridation (Portland City Council unanimously voted to do so after months of behind-the-scenes and undocumented lobbying by proponents; prompting voters to overrule their decision).
Opponents have already filed an initiative petition to amend the City Charter in order to prevent any recurrence of such shenanigans, and they're also calling for investigations into official misconduct:
Opponents also are pressing for an investigation into officials at the Oregon Health Authority, whom they accuse of illegally aiding the pro-fluoride campaign on public time. Clean Water Portland, the committee that fought the fluoride measure, released a collection of emails from OHA officials obtained through the public records law the day before the election.
According to campaign chairwoman Kimberly Kaminski, the emails prove the officials worked behind the scenes with the pro-fluoride campaign to pass the measure. She is calling for an Oregon Department of Justice investigation.
Two current City Council members who voted along with then-mayor Sammy Adams and his sidekick, Randy Leonard, to fluoridate the water supply are up for reelection next year; Dan Saltzman can always return to his family's property development business when he loses, but the future's less certain for Nick "Dead" Fish. Their only hope for continuing to feed at the public trough would be the failure of anybody with credibility to step in to challenge them.
And assuming that opponents can get their Charter amendment onto the ballot next year, things will only get stickier for these two.