The effort to oust Portland's gay mayor Sam Adams over a sex scandal has failed – for now, Portland alternative Willamette Week reported.

The all-volunteer group led by Jasun Wurster has failed to meet Monday's deadline to hand in the 32,000 valid signatures needed to force a recall of Adams.

But critics of the mayor say they're ready to mount a second effort.

Adams quickly returned home from Washington D.C., where he was participating in President Obama's inauguration festivities, to admit that his long-standing denial of having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy, Beau Breedlove, was not true. He confessed to the affair under pressure from a Willamette Week reporter who confronted the mayor with new evidence the paper was preparing to publish.

The rumor that he and Breedlove had an intimate relationship first surfaced during the 2007 mayoral campaign. Adams' response was to dismiss those reports as a “nasty smear.”

Adams, 46, has admitted to sleeping with Breedlove as soon as three weeks after he turned 18 in 2005 and the two dated for “maybe two months.” The legal age of consent in Oregon is 18 and opponents of the mayor have suggested the pair shared an intimate relationship before the former legislative intern turned legal.

But an official investigation into the scandal failed to bring charges against Adams. State Attorney General John Kroger said he could not find credible evidence that the men slept together when Breedlove was underage.

Still, opponents are rolling out a second effort. Wurster says his new political action committee called Portland Future PAC has already gathered over $100,000 in promises from local business leaders to pay for a new recall campaign.

“It should be only a week or two to secure those commitments and get them filed with the state, and get those checks entered into our bank account,” he told the Gazette Times. “Then we will launch the new recall.”

The new group is expected to hire professional signature gatherers this second time around.