Blumenauer: Boycott Gordon Sondland’s hotels

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rep. Earl Blumenauer called for a boycott against hotels owned and operated by Gordon Sondland, the Portland hotel magnate and current US Ambassador to the EU who is embroiled in the impeachment scandal.

Sondland, who was appointed ambassador after donating $1 million to Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, was set to testify to a House committe Tuesday until he was ordered by the US State Department not to. He has since been subpoenaed.

Three House committees are demanding that Sondland appear at a deposition Oct. 16. They are also demanding that he produce documents, including communications from his personal device that have been turned over to the State Department but not to Congress.

Gordon Sondland, left, in a recent but undated photo, October 9, 2019 (CBS)

The 62-year-old is the founder of Provenance Hotels, a chain of upscale hotels throughout the country including 6 in Portland.

In a statement to KOIN 6 News. Provenance Hotels spokesperson Ellen Carmichael said:

“We are saddened to have our Congressman Earl Blumenauer call for a boycott that would put the livelihoods of thousands of his own constituents in peril. This attack on our employees is unwarranted.

“To be clear, Ambassador Sondland ceased being an executive with our company well over a year ago when he was appointed to public service. Boycotting our hotels has no impact on what is happening on the national political stage.

“We trust Congressman Blumenauer, with his years of experience as elected official, well knows that a boycott like this is purely political maneuver that hurts people. In this case, his fellow Oregonians. We’re a company that puts people first – we ask that our elected representatives do the same.”

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