Alpenrose Dairy attorney and heir, who Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler blasted with pepper spray after the man aggressively confronted him, expressed remorse on Wednesday, making it clear that he was in with the mayor and his firm’s partners wanted to remedy the city center.
“I am regretful about my decision to confront Mayor Wheeler on Sunday, January 24th, and I am sorry he had to use pepper spray,” said 48-year-old Cary Cadonau in the statement, almost 72 hours after His address to Wheeler and former Mayor Sam Adams was published outside a pub in Southwest Portland and filmed it on his cell phone.
“I value Portland and our local community. I realize Mayor Wheeler has a very difficult job. I have contacted Mayor Wheeler’s office to request an opportunity to resolve this amicably.
“I would also like to apologize to my legal partners for my behavior.”
Cadonau’s remarks are a sudden departure from his position just days earlier when he told police he wanted to “hold the mayor accountable” and hinted that he would publicly release the video he had made.
Mara Woloshin, a representative from Cadonau, said on Wednesday evening that her client was now reluctant to publish the footage.
“I don’t think he’ll ever release the video now,” Woloshin told The Oregonian / OregonLive. “It’s just not in his best interest to get involved in this ongoing argument.”
Jim Middaugh, a spokesman for Wheeler, said the mayor appreciated Cadonau’s sentiment and would soon have more to say.
The dust collection started when Cadonau, who was exposed and filming on his phone, confronted the mayor and Adams as they were leaving McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House around 8 p.m., a police report said of the incident.
Cadonau accused Wheeler of eating without a mask and said he photographed him eating, the mayor told police.
“Apparently you don’t know the rules,” Wheeler Cadonau said, according to an audio recording of the encounter recorded by Adams.
The mayor said he and Adams were in the tent area of the pub, which does not require facial covering under the current restrictions of the coronavirus, the police report said.
Cadonau then followed Wheeler closely as he walked to his car and refused to retire when asked, the mayor told police.
Then the mayor put a burst of fuel in the man’s eyes.
“They just sprayed me with pepper for no reason,” said Cadonau, according to the audio recording.
Adams interjected, “Actually, I was here and you were like a foot away from him. He asked you to retire and you didn’t. “
After that, Wheeler said, he gave the man a bottle of water to rinse his face.
Police said they identified Cadonau after he returned to the pub on Monday and asked a manager for security video footage and a copy of Wheeler’s restaurant registry.
The manager declined to provide these, but Cadonau gave him his full name and contact information, according to a police report.
A police officer interviewed Cadonau on Monday afternoon. He told the officer he was a lawyer and was reluctant to discuss the matter with the mayor, the report said.
Cadonau told the policeman that he believed Wheeler should be “held accountable” for the episode, but when the policeman asked why, Cadonau refused to say so.
“I have asked him several times to speak about the incident, share his video footage, or provide his side of the story, but he respectfully declined to say more,” Officer Matt Miller wrote in the report.
The encounter marks the most recent incident in which individuals publicly targeted the mayor.
Left-wing activist groups spoke up heavily on Wheeler twice in the past two months while he was dining at a coffee shop in northwest Portland.
During the last altercation, one of the activists hit Wheeler and made physical contact, according to the mayor’s office.
Cadonau is a partner at Brownstein Rask, a well-known mid-size law firm in downtown Portland. According to the firm’s website, his activities include real estate law, personal injury and criminal defense.
“Cary enjoys working to find creative solutions to disputes,” says his biography.
Cadonau is also a great-great-grandson of the founder of Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland.
An internal family dispute over the dairy led to its sale to another company in 2019. The amount of Cadonau family members received from the sale has not been disclosed.
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