This morning’s lead story on the Washington-based Roll Call website is a laudatory profile of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, concluding that he has “the look of a man in exactly the right place at the right time, but who could go just about anywhere.”
“Reed is a pugnacious partisan on the national stage, often appearing on “Meet the Press” as a fierce Obama surrogate. One recent Sunday, he railed against the GOP vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, and aggressively took on Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz.
But back at home, he is held in high esteem by Republicans from the governor’s mansion to the statehouse as a man who can work with them to get things done.
They see him as someone who is willing to put partisanship aside to solve big problems such as ballooning pensions or work to get important projects moving, such as expanding the Port of Savannah. And even in their partisan eyes, that makes him a rising star.
“He’s seen as one of the few legitimate Democratic candidates for higher office in Georgia,” said influential Peach State Republican strategist Joel McElhannon.
“He’ll be a formidable adversary,” McElhannon said. “But, for now, he is a good friend.”
– Jay Bookman