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 ajc.com:
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.
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:
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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