In the next few days, many journalists will write that the end of this winter session of the Legislature on Friday will mark the beginning of the next campaign season.
Usually, this is true — as a metaphor.
State Sen. Kasim Reed has decided to make it a fact. At midnight Friday, the moment that the General Assembly’s assignment expires, Reed’s campaign for mayor of Atlanta has arranged a rally on the steps of the state Capitol — only a block away from City Hall.
The 2009 mayoral field is far from settled. City Councilwoman Mary Norwood is in. City Council President Lisa Borders apparently is mulling a return to the contest. City Councilman Ceasar Mitchell is in the running, but could drop down to the council president’s race, we’re told, if Borders jumps into the mayor’s contest.
My AJC colleague Eric Stirgus reports that yet another mayoral candidate, Glenn Thomas, channeled his inner Barack Obama today during his campaign kick-off at City Hall.
“If change can come to our nation, then change can come to Atlanta,” the 31-year-old Thomas told about 30 supporters.
Thomas took a jab at outgoing Mayor Shirley Franklin, who had used this slogan: “If you make me mayor, I’ll make you proud.”
“Are you proud?” Thomas asked.
“We’re not proud,” the crowd chanted, raising red and blue pom-poms in the chilly air.
Thomas, a former budget manager for the city’s police department, said he disagreed with the mayor’s decision to furlough police officers and firefighters to help fill a budget gap. Thomas said he’d cut waste instead.
Asked for specifics, Thomas said, “We probably spend too much money on commodities and services we shouldn’t spend money on.”
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