In April, Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders sat in the home of Verna Cleveland and said she was re-entering the race for mayor and that Cleveland would be her campaign manager.
Late Wednesday, the Borders campaign confirmed to my AJC colleague Eric Stirgus that Cleveland is out as campaign manager and state Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) is in.
Borders campaign spokeswoman Liz Flowers said Cleveland wasn’t fired, and this isn’t a campaign shake-up.
Instead, Flowers said Borders needed a new set of troops as the campaign “ramps up” for the final four months. Cleveland will still volunteer for the campaign.
“Verna will still support Lisa,” Flowers said. “This was all about the relaunch [of the campaign].”
In other words, Flowers said the campaign is shifting its focus from raising money to winning endorsements and votes.
Cleveland was Shirley Franklin’s campaign finance director for her successful 2001 mayoral bid and Borders needed some fund-raising prowess after being away from the race for eight months. The campaign must report by next week how much it raised between April and June, which many say is a critical test of Borders’ candidacy.
As for Abrams, Flowers said the two women go way back (a picture of Borders is on Abrams’ web site) and are in such sync that “they can finish each others sentences.”
While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Economy snuffs some Georgia fireworks shows. Atlanta axes 109 jail system workers. Hunstein sworn in as new chief justice. Nine are candidates for state Supreme Court vacancy. Georgia State accused of anti-Muslim bias. Do Milton County advocates have conflict of interest? Tom Price on health care reform. McKinney still held on ship of activists detained by Israel. Adulterous governor’s chattiness puzzles PR exec, ex-staffer.
Your Luckovich fix. Kyle Wingfield posits that cap and trade will be tax and fail. Kaffie McCullough on the trafficking of young girls in metro Atlanta. Stephanie Tames says forget subprime — the riskiest loans are those between relatives.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
WSJ: American soldier captured in Afghanistan. WP: U.S. hardens its stance with Russia ahead of summit. NYT: U.S. nuns facing Vatican scrutiny.
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