On May 1st, 2021, the Multnomah County Republican Party signed a contract with a known affiliate of the Proud Boys to provide a security team for a private meeting. Daniel Tooze who voluntarily offered the security and signed the contract, received high praise from a letter the local republican party leadership had written to him stating “We were greatly pleased to have discovered you, and your extensive experience with church events, weddings, and various patriotic events.” They also stated in the letter that they were looking for a “safe event with no problems.” The May 6th private meeting was held to expel the county GOP chairman Stephen Lloyd, who has said to have been criticized for attempting to make the Multnomah County GOP more inclusive and open its meetings to the public. An Internal party petition read “The Chairman should promote the party platform, and not state, ‘Diversity is an extremely important part of society and diversity of ideas is what we should be striving for.’ ” The event was held at the Portland City Blessings Church with the contracted security team patrolling the local neighborhood from 5pm until midnight, according to a post from the social media platform NextDoor.
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Photo from Sophie Peel’s worthwhile May 10 2021 WW article below. Check it out!