Your morning jolt: Maynard Jackson’s daughter to endorse Kasim Reed

The daughter of Maynard Jackson will endorse Kasim Reed in the race for mayor of Atlanta this morning, as get-out-the-vote efforts gear up in anticipation of the Tuesday vote.

Brooke Jackson-Edmond and the Reed campaign have scheduled a 10 a.m. press conference at Paschal’s Restaurant.

Consider this part of the fallout from that rally-behind-Lisa-Borders memo circulated by Aaron Turpeau in August. We understand that it ticked off the family of Atlanta’s first black mayor to no end.

Another reason it should come as no surprise: Jackson-Edmond, her father, and Daniel Halpern established Jackmont Hospitality, Inc., in 1994, a food service company with some interests at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as well as other spots throughout Atlanta, according to its web site.

Halpern was a member of the exploratory committee that Reed established in 2008, in the run-up to his mayoral campaign.

Jackson-Edmond’s endorsement, which will become part of a radio blitz by the Reed campaign. Though the appeal will be to Democratic partisanship, the ad will also serve to underscore the obvious racial dynamic of this race – that Councilwoman Mary Norwood could become the first white mayor of Atlanta since Maynard Jackson’s 1973 election.

Ken Hodges, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, already has the endorsements of former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young and former Supreme Court chief justice Leah Sears. Now Hodges is boasting of a $500 check from former U.S. senator Sam Nunn.

Hodges announced the donation – and a letter of endorsement — on his web site, under the headline, “Be Part of Sam Nunn’s Legacy.”

Connell Stafford, Hodges’ campaign chairman, was a staffer for Nunn in the 1970s.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will be a keynote speaker at an education reform gathering in Atlanta on Friday hosted, in part, by the Heritage Foundation and the Georgia Family Council.

Expect the topic to be vouchers and school choice. Gov. Sonny Perdue will give the opening remarks. Journalists are invited to attend but are forewarned that Bush will breathe nary a word about his presidential prospects.

The Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber will host a Nov. 16 panel on the creation of a separate Milton County from Fulton County’s northern half. The event’s at the Westin Atlanta North in Sandy Springs. We can guess who will argue for it. But no word yet on who will speak up against it.

Below is an Oct. 20 video in which Stephen Moore, the former president of Club for Growth and current Wall Street Journal editorialist, says very nice things about Karen Handel, the Republican candidate for governor.

The occasion was a meeting of the Atlanta Committee for Heritage. No need to watch the full 48 minutes. Moore’s brief praise comes in the first 45 seconds. So why is this worth noting?

Because for seven years, Moore has been among the harshest critics of Gov. Sonny Perdue and his budget policies. Handel may be the first thing they agree upon, but proof is required. To wit:

State Rep. Austin Scott of Tifton, another GOP candidate for governor, says he now holds the record for the longest walk by an American politician, breaking the previous record set by former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Lawton Chiles in 1970.

“I’m surprised that the ‘Walkin’ Lawton’ record stood as long as it did,” Scott said in a press release announcing his accomplishment. “I guess there just aren’t that many politicians who want to walk throughout their states the way I did.”

The Chiles walk was recorded as 1,003 miles. Scott says he’s walked 1,068. In a straight line, he says the feat would have taken him from Atlanta through a couple hundred miles of scrubland beyond Dallas and into west Texas.

File this from the New York Times under Things You Couldn’t Prove But Always Knew:

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.

The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home.

And presumed 2012 presidential prospect Sarah Palin is headed for a certain caucus state for a Des Moines fund-raiser on Nov. 21. According to the Iowa Republican:

The appearance would be Palin’s first in Iowa since the 2008 campaign and would come just four days after her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life” hits bookstores.

While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s

  • Congressmen to hold hearing in Atlanta on banking, real estate.
  • Atlanta scrambles to spend $30 million in federal cash.
  • State colleges pitch education to Latinos.
  • Atlanta man shot in face confronts cop in court.
  • Case-Shiller: Atlanta home prices edge up again.
  • $200 million in stimulus funds flows to Georgia to update power grid.
  • Officials hire firm to weigh next steps for Georgia Dome.
  • World Cup could bring $5 billion to U.S., $80 million to Atlanta, study says.
  • Coke expanding Atlanta plant for new machine.
  • Some opinion:

  • Cynthia Tucker says Wall Street still doesn’t get it.
  • Switch by radio station cut a vital link for many.
  • Pro & Con: Should health policy include taxing unhealthy foods, drinks?
  • From elsewhere in Georgia:

  • InsiderAdvantage: Opt-out provision could make things interesting next year – if it passes.
  • And beyond:

  • WSJ: Deadly blast rocks Peshawar after Clinton arrives in Pakistan.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer: Corzine spends more than two foes combined.
  • NYT: Bloomberg goes all out to lift turnout.
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    47 comments Add your comment

    Doubtful Dan

    October 28th, 2009
    9:50 am

    Ken Hodges also claimed an endorsement from Thurbert Baker based on receiving a contribution, but Baker’s spokesman later told you it in fact did not constitute an endorsement. I suspect when Nunn learns the facts about the federal lawsuit for false prosecution pending against Hodges in the Phoebe Factoid matter, his check suddenly won’t constitute an endorsement either.


    October 28th, 2009
    9:52 am

    This is not what I would exactly call breaking news……she’s certainly not gonna endorse Mary Norwood. C’mon, political insider, get real… this really news or just your way of trying to drum up votes for Kasim Reed?

    Krooked Kasim

    October 28th, 2009
    9:54 am


    October 28th, 2009
    10:05 am

    Nothing surprising about Brooke Jackson Edmonds’ endorsement of Kasim. Reed is the best candidate to protect her family’s and Jackmont Hospitality’s hold on no-bid airport contracts.

    Mary Norwood is the only candidate who doesn’t see City Hall as an ATM for her brothers, cousins and mentor’s fa


    October 28th, 2009
    10:23 am

    If that’s true Raquel, then why did Norwood vote to weaken ethics laws in City Hall. Don’t be fooled, Norwood will just have a different set of special interests. Jackson, Young, and Franklin’s were the city’s minority businesses. Norwood will have hers too.


    October 28th, 2009
    10:33 am

    No big deal. Brooke is a very nice woman, but her Jackmont business partner already chairs Reed’s finance committee.


    October 28th, 2009
    10:41 am

    Norwoood will not defeat Kasim Reed in a run-off.

    The Late Maynord Jackson

    October 28th, 2009
    10:48 am

    “Jackson-Edmond, her father, and David Halpern established Jackmont Hospitality, Inc., in 1994, a food service company with some interests at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as well as other spots throughout Atlanta..” It all leads back to nobid contracts for the Jackson family and friends.

    General Sherman

    October 28th, 2009
    11:01 am

    I was having coffee with Abe this morning and he stated that the war of northern aggression is nothing compared to the battle in congress over health care and the battle for mayor of atlanta!


    October 28th, 2009
    11:02 am

    I think this is a well deserved endorsement.

    Angry Taxpayer

    October 28th, 2009
    11:06 am

    Steve – Mary never voted to weaken ethics legislation. It is unfortunate that you accept misinformation without questioning but then again you probably have your own Airport or Watershed contract. Come clean Steve – do you work for a City vendor or a campaign.

    I work for neither. Taxpayers are angry and tired of the same ol same ol at City Hall.

    Maynard Machine Revitalized

    October 28th, 2009
    11:09 am

    Kasim is a product of what has put us in this corrupt, mismanaged situation. People realize that he did run both of Sureley’s campaign? If we want another 4 years of corrupt Atlanta politics, vote for Kasim Reed.

    General Sherman

    October 28th, 2009
    11:10 am

    Enter your comments here

    Uncle Tom

    October 28th, 2009
    11:30 am

    Is she anyone of importance or a celebrity?

    I Love Atlanta

    October 28th, 2009
    11:43 am

    I’m voting for true Blue, not Purple, not Red. Go Kasim!


    October 28th, 2009
    11:51 am

    When should we expect Andy Young, John Lewis and Mayor Franklin to start with the water hoses and dog ads? Will Mrs. Jackson-Edmond join in with stories about segregated lunch counters?


    October 28th, 2009
    11:51 am

    Jackmont Hospitality…Is that the company that used Affirmative Action to get their highly lucrative airport contract?


    October 28th, 2009
    12:28 pm

    Where do you folks get your information. Please name any no bid contracts at the airport. There aren’t any. The contracts are put out for bid. They won the bid. Wnat are you talking about? Please give us facts. Stop repeating something you have no factual information about. It is irritating. You sound like the birthers.


    October 28th, 2009
    12:38 pm

    What’s actually NEWS and a SURPRISE is that Newsmakers Live (the black run and black focused newspaper) is endorsing Mary Norwood.


    October 28th, 2009
    1:04 pm


    I must admit, you do a good job of keeping us apprised of your candidate’s news. With that said, an endorsement from Newsmakers live isn’t worth much and they aren’t very credible.

    Sen. Reed (who is now my candidate) has been endorsed by weekly alternatives; Creative Loafing and Sunday Paper and most recently by AJC opinion Editorial writer, Jay Bookman. Now, if he isn’t best for the city, how do you explain this? None of these individuals stand to gain anything for stepping out on such a limb, in fact it could be more damning to them given Mayor Franklin’s percieved unpopularity.

    You know why the editors of these beloved publications endorsed Reed? Its simple, HE’S THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE IN THE RACE. He may not have greased any palms or bought-out black soul food restaurants, but he has a command of the issues and has a plan to move the city forward.

    BTW, I find it very interesting that Ms. Norwood complains of the shell game that the city finance department plays with the budget numbers. I find it even more interesting that none of her other colleagues have ever complained of anything similar. It’s my understanding that Ceasar Mitchell found alternative funding for his proposals in 2008 to replace funds into the public safety budget. When this wasn’t an option in 2009 he, along with the majority of his colleagues, took heed to the mayor’s call to raise taxes 3 mils to take city employees off furlough.

    Ms. Norwood also played a role in consistenly rolling back the millage rate (pandering) every year, when there were dire financial forecasts. It’s one thing not to RAISE taxes, but to also roll them back is just bad. Mary Norwood isn’t capable of making sound judgement calls, because she has been too busy trying to be everybody’s friend and that’s difficult. It’ll get you 40% of the vote, but the other 60% of voters want a smart decision maker as mayor and that’s why I voted for Kasim Reed. It is also for the abovementioned reasons that Mayor Frankling “called” Norwood out. Norwood is disingenious and she lacks the intellectual capacity and vision to lead a city like Atlanta.

    Chief Wiggum

    October 28th, 2009
    1:10 pm

    Why is it, every family member of a former mayor seems to be tied to a business at the airport? That’s the typical political patronage thing here in Atlanta, isn’t it?

    And maybe I haven’t lived here long enough, but why would Maynard’s daughter’s opinion matter?

    For those who suggest that the bids at the airport are all fair and square, even a bid contract can EASILY be written to favor a particular firm. Happens all the time. Pure coincidence that all these former mayoral family members get contracts out there…pure coincidence.


    October 28th, 2009
    1:10 pm

    @ Angry Taxpayer, you’re wrong about this one. The council, Norwood included, almost unanimously voted to weaken the ethics laws on May 16, 2006. Check the records. The mayor vetoed the legislation and the council failed to override the veto. This vote, and the veto, was in all of the major publications.

    I state again that Norwood has her own set of special interests. Unlike, Franklin, et al, we don’t who they are.

    I state again that Norwood has her own set of special interests. Unlike, Franklin, et al, we don’t who they are.


    October 28th, 2009
    1:15 pm

    Why is this woman’s endorsement worthy of headlines?


    October 28th, 2009
    1:16 pm


    In my quest to try and verify this Newsmakers endorsement, which by the way isn’t on Newsmakers’ site or Norwood’s, I stumbled across a bit of misleading information. According to Mary Norwood’s website, she has been endorsed by the AJC.


    If i’m not mistaken (and i’m not) AJC’s editorial board didn’t endorse in this year’s municipal elections.


    The only candidate to recieve an endorsement affiliated with AJC is Kasim Reed, with the endorsment of Opinion writer – Jay Bookman.



    I have substantively proven that Mary Norwood is not to be trusted. I am not one to spread rumors and that’s why I feel comfortable in my claims. It’s in black and white, check it out for yourself.

    Anonymous Midtown Resident

    October 28th, 2009
    1:57 pm

    I’m sure any RFP at the airport was specifically, narrowly written so only one respondent could win: Jackmont! Maynard used this city as his piggy bank, and Kasim is clearly cut from the same cloth.


    October 28th, 2009
    2:06 pm

    Who is Brooke Jackson-Edmonds besides being Maynard’s daughter? Trying to keep the same old people in charge of running the city? Links to her father’s cronies, Shirley Frankin, etc. It is no big surprise to me. Mary Norwood may not be that great, but st least she would be someone new instead of the elite group that has been running things in Atlanta for a long time.

    Ms. B. Boop

    October 28th, 2009
    2:08 pm

    Hmm…I tried to leave a comment earlier, and it was blocked. Is the AJC censoring me?


    October 28th, 2009
    2:17 pm


    Your recent post sounds uninformed or you are deceptively misleading. The endorsement you speak of her from the ajc is from her race for city council in 2002. Clearly the website, if you’d try and stop trying to fool folks, says its her site for running for council member in 2002. People like you make me sick on these blogs and in general.

    Karzai Kate

    October 28th, 2009
    2:22 pm

    Enter your comments here


    October 28th, 2009
    2:43 pm

    Nice to see Handel get the recognition that she deserves. She is a true leader with a proven track record of solving complex problems. Bring It On Karen


    October 28th, 2009
    3:21 pm

    @Kia and All Political Insider Readers

    I don’t mind taking the humble when i’m wrong. I was looking for the Newsmakers live endorsement and I thought I was on Ms. Norwood’s Mayoral website. I was wrong, but I can assure it was unintentional. I do not want to mislead anyone. I am a facts driven person. Please disregard my comment about Norwood’s AJC endorsement, but open your mind to the other facts that I pointed out.

    One does not forget who they support in an election, especially if you are a civic leader yourself. Also, Kasim Reed has recieved the most substantive endorsements throughout this election and that should cause all voters to take a look at his campaign. As an open-minded, discerning supporter I am equally watching to see if he will address the issue of his brother’s employment again and if he will do the right thing.

    People was must think for ourselves. I care about this city and I just want to share good information.

    A World (Atlanta) Without (Lisa) Borders

    October 28th, 2009
    3:45 pm

    Darn. Last thing I want is another Maynard Jackson clone as Mayor — so that means that both Borders and Reed are out and I’m left with Norwood or Spikes. How did that slogan go?

    Run Jesse Run. That’s it. Sounds OK to me.

    Angry Taxpayer

    October 28th, 2009
    4:51 pm

    Of Course Steve you do not include the Ordinance Number – because it is simply is not true. You are not going to be able to play a character assisination game with Norwood. Her contributors are from all over the City, all zips and more than 3 times as many voters contributed to Norwood than Reed. Reed got nearly a third of his contributions from folks like Brook at Jackmont (Airport Vendors) – so do they think Reed is a business a better business opportunity for them?

    If so – how does that help the taxpayers and ratepayers. Steve – if your going to state facts then state facts rather than cr^&* – give me an ordinance number.

    Jeremy W.

    October 28th, 2009
    5:07 pm

    The last thing this city needs right now is Norwood, who can’t remember who she voted for to be the president of the United States (it’s kind of an important decision to make). I know a few sweet, elderly folks who can hardly remember their age but still know who they voted for. The city also doesn’t need a puppet for Cousins Properties. Even if they are not directly given a contract, there will be plenty of ways to keep that technically true and still benefit Cousins Properties. A company and the people running it don’t put so much money into a person as well as stick their neck out by encouraging their friends and collegues to invest as well if they don’t expect to get a good return on that investment which is Borders. As for Kasim Reed, he has a strong history of getting things done for the city in the State Legislature to show that he will follow through with all the excellent plans he has for the city. City workers need to be held accountable for the quality of the work they do and Kasim has shown that he will make that happen. If his brother is doing a good job for the city, then he should stay. If the city and its employees are held accountable, then he will be held to the same standards. Besides, he got the job before Franklin ever took office. Why should he be out of a job just because Kasim is the best candidate for Mayor? He shouldn’t. If a person can do their job and do it well, then let them have at it. Kasim is the best person for the job of Mayor if you take a look at the facts, so I say he should have the job.


    October 28th, 2009
    5:49 pm

    PoliticalOricle: When Mary comes within 2 or 3 points pf winning outright, and then wins in the run off 52-48, I’ll let you buy me a beer.


    October 28th, 2009
    6:50 pm

    Ugh. Black Atlanta politics as usual.

    Why is Jackson’s daughter any person of importance? Is she involved with the local politics? Sounds a bit like the same crapola of the King siblings.

    Celebrity by association to dead parents?? At least Hosea’s daughter does something worthwhile for the hungry and homeless.

    When is black Atlanta going to realize that the rest of us don’t give a damn about these people who are trod out to ‘influence’ a certain segment of Atlanta who can’t think for themselves?

    We don’t tie ourselves to the past, the currently influential or the ‘king-makers’. That’s for those who can’t think or read for themselves.

    We are not hanging on every word/endorsement/proclamation/etc. of crooks/rappers/arm twisters.

    Grow up. Atlanta should be past this crap, but the Black Bourgeois is in a holding pattern…because it befuddles the masses. Their masses.

    It’s getting downright dirty today with Borders claiming this Glenn character trying to get her to pay his campaign debt of 25,000.00. And of course this was timed by the Borders camp to ‘reveal’ when Glenn endorses Norwood.

    A new low for Borders but that shows desperation. It already seems that Norwood doesn’t need to buy any endorsement. She’s ahead, and we should not play dirty politics.

    But that is asking too much from a city who believes entitlement is the name of the game, and doesn’t realize that the rest of us just don’t want to play these stupid and mind numbing games.


    October 28th, 2009
    7:19 pm


    Are you saying Lisa Borders was approached by Glenn Thomas to pay off campaign debts?

    Is the information public?


    October 28th, 2009
    10:01 pm

    Ordinance number 06O0980. Sorry, but you’re misinformed about this one Angry Taxpayer.


    October 29th, 2009
    1:24 am

    i bleiev mary has this in the bag at first i thought kasim did but not any longer he needs a wife! i like lisa but i don’t like this all of a sudden i am being black mailed he say she say crapabout her and glen

    Politics At Its Finest

    October 29th, 2009
    3:12 am

    Isn’t there a connection between the Newsmakers Live and that Turpeau memo that urged Blacks to rally behind Lisa Borders? Weren’t they circulating it saying it had merit? Now they have endorsed Norwood?

    Please clarify!


    Truth teller

    October 29th, 2009
    3:22 pm

    All airport contracts are awarded through an open, public bid process. It is IMPOSSIBLE to get a contract at Hartsfield Jackson because of who you know. In fact, family and political connections can hurt a business that is pursuing opportunities in airport concessions. That is reality. If you choose to convince yourself otherwise that is your business, but facts are facts.

    And to TEELA, those who cant think or read for themselves believe everything they see in newspapers and on the news. EDUCATE YOURSELF!! It is truly MINDNUMBING TEELA, to think that there are people out there who will cast a vote without so much as a clue about the facts on their candidate.


    Truth teller

    October 29th, 2009
    3:32 pm

    Why does Anonymous Midtown Resident, and so many others of you, seem to want so desperately to believe that someone cheated? Dont you think that the brillian investigative reporters around ATL would have uncovered an attempt to steer contracts toward one specific company? Criteria put in place to favor specific companies, no bid contracts and all of that foolishness went out the window as soon as Maynard came on the scene. Dont believe it? Did you know that King & Spalding and handled ALL of Atl’s legal work for decades, no questions asked. Did you know that Robinson Humphrey, an old Atl investment banking firm handled ALL of Atl’s business for years, no bid no questions. Did you know that Hartsfield’s wife had a contract at the Atl Airport for years and there was never a bid request issued. The contract was given to her, no questions asked. All of these events took place prior to 1974. RIP Maynard, we miss you and we especially miss and need leaders who spoke the truth, had some balls and used them with CLASS.


    October 29th, 2009
    9:43 pm

    @ PoliticOracle:

    Well, Duh. The news report I saw yesterday said (or Borders said) that Glenn Thomas approached her (her campaign people??) for his support IF she would pay off his campaign debt to the tune of $25,000.00.

    (Break to video of Norwood and Glenn Thomas in a serious hug)

    Now, I remember Borders saying that ‘She understood English” (she was a bit pissy about being asked, too) and no, she wasn’t mistaken. I can’t remember which channel carried it, but damn, I am looking for Jim Galloway or someone to comment.

    So…what are you going to believe?? That Aliens had control of the cameras/mikes, and Borders made this all up to smear Norwood?

    Wait! That IS a possibility considering the present race. And IF Norwood paid off Thomas for his support….well, that will come out…eventually.

    @ “Truthteller”….Ah…I’ve been here in Atlanta for 40 years and voting for all those years. I’ve seen buses pulled up to voting places and old women get off the bus and openly say: “Now, who was it I was told to vote for?”

    This is voting politics in the ghetto, brother.

    Get real, TT…come to SW Atlanta and see the myriad possibilities of rampant ignorance amongst the populace. I have and remain unconvinced that politics are served by this amazing behavior.

    And as for City Hall, etc…as you mentioned. Been there (and Court Watch a lot of times).

    Done all that.



    October 29th, 2009
    9:57 pm

    @ PolitiOracle and ESPECIALLY “TruthTeller”:

    “Glenn Thomas asked me for $25,000 and a commitment to make him the Chief Operating Officer of the City,” Borders said. “I refused. I will not pay anyone to play or to support me. I will not work with anyone who even suggests quid pro quo as a condition of support. I’m disappointed in any candidate who would.”

    This is a direct quote from Borders, lifted from her campaign site….

    IN THE TV spot…she said that Thomas asked for the money to pay off his campaign debt. And he would then endorse her.

    Ok…I do MY research…I just can’t understand how others haven’t picked up this juicy bit of news. The attempt here was to smear Norwood by inferring she did “something” for Glenn Thomas’ endorsement.

    Dirty politics indeed.


    October 29th, 2009
    10:20 pm

    @Truth Teller

    I like your truthfulness. I knew about the Hartsfield contracts, but I didn’t know about the King&Spaulding and investment firm contracts. I’m not surprised though.

    If there is no impropriety or unfairness exposed, be quiet. If Norwood, Borders or Reed wins there’ll be a new group of contract insiders.

    In the case of Jackmont, they own and operate mainstream restaurants like TGI Fridays. Get over it, Maynard Jackson served this city well and his daughter is running the successful business that was started out of his legacy. This is no different than George W.Bush, The Kennedy’s and other political dynasties passing the mantle to their descendants.


    November 4th, 2009
    12:52 am

    we need some who will take ATL forward in development(water pipelines to dams,tankless water heater tax break,outerlimits HWY and JOBS ) and yes safety but not heavy handed over anyone groups ; this why KASIM REED is the person for job,not MS MARY NORWOOD


    January 24th, 2010
    12:52 pm

    Any other Ken Hodges endorsements since Nunn? Teilhet seems to be getting his buddies in the legislature to endorse him, while Hodges seems to be focusing on a band of prominent Georgia Democrats. Not sure which strategy is more useful (if either).