Mayor Ted Wheeler was confronted by a several members of the public Wednesday evening while dining at a Northwest Portland restaurant with a friend.
According to the mayor's office, Wheeler was having a non-work-related dinner at Cafe Nell when a group of people began "shouting obscenities" at him, and several entered the outdoor tent in which Wheeler was dining. "At that point," wrote Jim Middaugh, Wheeler's communications director, in an email to the Mercury, "one member of the group started swatting at the mayor and made physical contact with him."
A video shared on Twitter Wednesday evening captured the encounter, which was first reported by OPB.
Middaugh said that restaurant staff "persuaded" the group to leave, and police arrived shortly after. No arrests were made, and Wheeler does not intend to press any charges against the person who touched him.
"Given the tenor of political discourse nationally and locally, it’s not unusual for people to confront the Mayor and other elected officials in public," wrote Middaugh. "It’s part of the job."