Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees

Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees
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A hotel chain owned by Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden to mark Tuesday anniversary of George Floyd's death Trump impeachment witness suing Pompeo, State over legal fees America's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE's ambassador to the European Union, is pushing back on a proposed boycott from a Democratic lawmaker, warning it would hurt workers.

Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerSenate candidate Gary Chambers discusses his opposition to criminalizing marijuana Lobbying world Congress to take up marijuana reform this spring MORE (D-Ore.) on Wednesday had called for a boycott of Sondland's hotels until the Trump administration official complies with House Democrats' request for documents in its impeachment probe.

Sondland is the founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels, a chain of six hotels in Portland. The area makes up a large part of Blumenauer's district.


“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,” Provenance Hotels spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Jim McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottSondland has 'no intention of resigning,' associate says Three women accuse Gordon Sondland of sexual misconduct Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees MORE, Sondland's personal attorney, added in a separate statement to the radio station: "Congressman Blumenauer’s irresponsible attempt to hurt a homegrown business that supports hundreds of jobs in our local economy is just shameful and ought to outrage all Oregonians.”

Blumenauer called for the boycott on Twitter, arguing that "no one who cares about America should do any business or stay at any of Gordon Sondland's hotels until he fulfills his duty as a citizen to testify & turn over all relevant documents to the House.”

Sondland, who finds himself embroiled in House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Trump, reportedly talked to Ukraine about how to respond to Trump's request for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

Last week, Sondland voluntarily offered to appear before a House committee to testify about what he knew, but the Trump administration blocked him from testifying.