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A woman shut out of a rented beach house accuses the owners — a former Oregon GOP leader and his wife — of abruptly canceling her reservation because she is Black.
It's been more than a decade since businessman Mike Erickson final bid for Congress was derailed by allegations that the family-values Republican had paid for his pregnant girlfriend's abortion, though the now year-old said that, at the time, he didn't know what the money was for. That famous incident is unrelated to the beach house rental conflict. Kimberly Williamson booked a luxurious 7,square-foot Oregon Coast "surf resort" in to host her extended family, who flew in from Illinois for the occasion. Williamson and her relatives never reached the Neskowin sands.
As neighbors gawked, Erickson's wife, Katie, voided the contract over the phone as Willamson and her in-laws stood outside the locked front door, according to new litigation. I was crying," said Williamson, of North Portland. Williamson and the Ericksons have filed dueling lawsuits, though both sides agree the contract, originally ed via the short-term rental hub Vrbo, was shredded at the last minute over an occupancy dispute.
During the negotiations, Williamson says she sent messages with her photo included in the ature. The Ericksons say Williamson's member gathering violated their person limit, which is based on rules set by Tillamook County and, they say, always strictly enforced. The Lake Oswego couple asked a judge for a binding declaration OK'ing their actions. That includes pocketing Williamson's deposit, which the Ericksons say is justified because they "lost the opportunity to rent the Neskowin property to a guest that would comply with the guest limit.
In an interview, the child care business owner said she offered over the phone to split up her gathering or find separate sleeping arrangements, but Katie Erickson said no. The kids can stay, we can come back,'" Williamson recalled.
An online review posted in states a corporate retreat had "all 28 people come to this location for the daily presentations," while another positive write-up notes there was "plenty of room" for a family of 23 the following year. The Ericksons' suit says their housekeeper alerted them after Williamson's family arrived Sept.
Williamson says the family caravan had only six cars, plus a trailer packed with snacks. The year-old said the trouble started when her cousin and nephew, who had his daughter in tow, arrived early on Surf Road and neighbors started looking at the young Black men like they were "aliens. We all go to church. We weren't there to tear up their property," Williamson told Pamplin Media Group. Williamson and Volpert both say they didn't know of the Ericksons' political past when they began the case.
After making a fortune in the logistics business, Mike Erickson ran twice for state house seats in the s, losing one of the battles to a then obscure politico named Kate Brown. Erickson was later named the Republican nominee for the 5th Congressional District, which stretches from the coast to Clackamas County, but lost to incumbent Rep.
Darlene Hooley in and, after the scandal, to current office holder Rep. Kurt Schrader. The Ericksons now own High Style Vacation Homes, which offers seven properties deed to "impress the most discriminating tastes" across the Oregon Coast, Sun River and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, plus a charter yacht and vineyard, according to their website.
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