This Jolt is being written with one ear on V-103 and a two-hour Atlanta mayoral debate among all six candidates. No news yet, but stay tuned.
Look for former state senator Kasim Reed, and perhaps Council President Lisa Borders, to press front-runner Mary Norwood on her Republican past.
That’s the route that Reed took at Sunday’s Atlanta Press Club debate. Afterwards, my AJC colleague Ernie Suggs asked Norwood if she ever voted for George W. Bush.
“I don’t remember,” she said.
On Monday evening, her campaign did some backtracking. Campaign spokeswoman Zee Bradford said the question was too foggy.
“She had just finished the debate and she was trying to remember the candidates,” Bradford said. “She doesn’t vote along party lines. She votes for the candidates. She has voted Republican, Democrat and independent.”
Norwood’s memory has now cleared. In presidential contests, the Buckhead councilwoman said she voted for:
– Ross Perot in 1992;
– Bill Clinton in 1996;
– Al Gore in 2000;
– John Kerry in 2004;
– and Barack Obama in 2008.
In other words, one independent and four Democrats. Not that she thinks about that.
“Mary remembers the candidates, she just doesn’t remember the year,” Bradford said. “Mary is not a Republican. People are saying that because they want to distract the voters.”
Norwood did, however, in 1999 attend the state GOP convention as a delegate in 1999. Her campaign said she attended as a vendor and was offered a delegate slot on the spot. She says the experience turned her off to partisan politics.
Addendum: The Reed campaign points out that Norwood voted in the 1998, 2000 and 2004 Republican primaries and runoffs. And that, while Norwood says she voted for Bill Clinton in 1996 general election, she also participated in the ‘96 Republican presidential primary contest.
The U.S. House unanimously approved H.R. 1471 on Monday, which will expand the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Ga., to include the gas station operated by the former president’s brother Billy.
The measure, which now goes to the U.S. Senate for approval, would add about 30 acres at a cost of $17 million over five years. Most of the money will go to land purchases.
Billy Carter’s gas station became something of an iconic symbol during the Carter years. The national press used it as a kind of informal headquarters. Billy Carter, whose toyed with his redneck image and even produced his own brand of beer, died of pancreatic cancer in 1988 at age 51.
According to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, who introduced the measure:
The legislation will redesignate the park from a national historic site to a national historical park and will direct that that the park service preserves and interprets a southern agricultural-based rural community during the early to middle years of the 20th century.
While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Georgia, Florida, Alabama delegations to discuss water war. AARP sues over gas pipeline surcharge. Perdue nominates Allen Barnes as new EPD director. Handel, Evans reach ethics compromise. Atlanta to outsource parking enforcement. Cobb County town hall meeting on flood recovery draws 300. Marietta council candidate owes back taxes.
Two views: Is the White House justified in its Fox News criticism? Wall Street bonuses wrongly blamed for U.S. financial crisis. Death is more expensive than life.
And from beyond:
WP: The AARP as reform advocate — and insurance salesman. NYT: German limits on war are facing reality in Afghanistan. WSJ: Web alphabet set to change, to include Asian language characters.
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