Last-minute moves in the Atlanta mayor’s race

Kasim Reed walks in a furrow plowed by the state Democratic party in the TV ad below, which hit Thursday night and emphasizes the former state senator’s status as a Democrat.

It’s a very busy piece of work that a) accuses Mary Norwood of Republicanism and questions her ability; b) establishes Reed’s own partisan credentials; and c) implicitly questions Lisa Border’s ability to take on Norwood in a runoff.

The script:

For mayor, the choice is down to Democrat kasim Reed and Republican Mary Norwood. Norwood is part of the problem, spending more on meals and perks than any other member of City Council. Called “ineffective,” “irresponsible” – Mary Norwood would take us back.

Kasim Reed is working for our future. Tough enough to fight crime and move Atlanta in a new direction. Tuesday, vote for the Democrat who can win: Kasim Reed.

The Mary Norwood campaign, in an apparent attempt to shore up her African-American support, this evening is hitting Atlanta voters with a robocall from Dominique Wilkins, the former Hawk star. Listen to it here.

This is from the script:

In basketball, you just can’t show up for the game, you have to work hard every day in practice. Mary Norwood is someone who has always worked very hard for Atlanta. And not just on game day. Now it’s time for us to help her.

Four Republican owners of Carter, the commercial real estate firm, have posted an endorsement of Kasim Reed for mayor on the company blog. It reads in part:

Leadership does not mean telling people what they want to hear — it means telling them the truth. What we have observed, firsthand, is that what Kasim says to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, he also says to the Labor Unions. His words and his actions are consistent. Now more than ever, our great city needs true, unbiased leadership in the spirit of Ivan Allen, William Hartsfield, Andrew Young and Maynard Jackson not just to keep our region at the top but take us to a new level.

The endorsement is signed by Scott Taylor, Jim Shelton, Bob Peterson and Trent Germano.

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Krooked Kasimmm

October 30th, 2009
7:36 pm

Wow, Just Wow

October 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

I smell desperation and hypocrisy.

Reader

October 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

So, she uses the cities most famous basketball play to appeal to black people? Are you serious? This man lives in Lilburn, what care does Dominique have for Atlanta citizens??

Atlanta

October 30th, 2009
7:48 pm

Reed is a hypocrite and a dirty politician. That, however, is no reason to automatically support Norwood. Borders has kept her head above all of this garbage, and deserves Atlanta’s vote for her ability to bridge communities to make this city great. This is my official endorsement of Lisa Borders for Mayor of Atlanta.

I am voting my race

October 30th, 2009
8:33 pm

Here’s hoping honkys take back over this cesspool of a city.

B&W

October 30th, 2009
9:29 pm

Clear cut outcome — the generational government dependent entitlement seeking leeches who are lucky to know (or care) the day of the week will continue to their Americal Idol voting ways….

Unfortunately their vote will cancel my well researched objective-based vote (it’s time to count their vote as 1/10 or 1/100 of mine)…

Jason

October 30th, 2009
9:32 pm

Norwood has peaked. For her sake, she’d better get over 50% on Tuesday because if there is a runoff, she’s toast. It’s too bad because I’m really curious to see how the people of metro Atlanta would react to the city having a white mayor. There are more people than would like to admit that they only feel comfortable with someone of their own race in charge. With a white mayor, would white suburbanites who are interested in city living but don’t want a black government move in? Would black city dwellers who feel only another black person can understand their problems move in large numbers to other metro cities or unincorporated areas? It would be interesting to see but Mary Norwood is a disaster waiting to happen so hopefully we don’t get to find out the answer to these questions this election cycle. There are over two hundred thousand white citizens living in the City of Atlanta, too bad one of them more capable than Norwood didn’t run. As it stands, voting for Norwood because she is white is a huge mistake because she simply isn’t qualified for the job or have the integrity to be a force for change. At least those who are voting for Borders or Reed because they are black will end up with an at least ok leader, even if they’re voting for them for the wrong reason.

I voted for Mary..cuz she is white

October 30th, 2009
9:36 pm

So ajc runs a story in Sunday’s paper about how Atlanta voters are unsure how they will vote on Tuesday and profile a man who hasn’t decided so he has 3 of the 4 candidates yards signs. Guess which one he doesn’t have and guess his skin color. Racism knows no color. I voted (early) for the white girl and I have every right to do so since well I am white…lol

Daedalus

October 30th, 2009
10:04 pm

We got four robocalls today, one from Dominique, one for someother dude, and two about Tad Christian — a candidate for dist 6. The first said that Tad was actually a closet republican and voted in GOP primaries, the second came 45 minutes later and claimed that the first call was a smear and that actually Christian is an independent who voted in the democratic primaries.

Its gonna be a long weekend.

Wow, Just Wow

October 30th, 2009
10:23 pm

If Borders wants to prove she is “above it”, then she should denounce it.

Kris

October 31st, 2009
12:20 am

I believe if you compare Kasim Reed’s Senate filed campaign financial disclosures with his bank statements you will see a huge difference. THE GUY IS A CROOK!!!!!!

Jerry Taylor

October 31st, 2009
4:18 am

I voted early last Tuesday (my day off) at the Adamsville Recreation and was amazed at the extremely low turn-out compared to the long lines and hours during the presidential elections. This time there was absolutely no waiting. Is Atlanta that disconnected to what’s going on around them? Now more than ever we need to excerise our civic duty. None of the candidates are ideal but this city is in real bad shape and in dire need of STRONG LEADERSHIP. People get out and vote for Kasim Reed.

Bert

October 31st, 2009
7:04 am

Remember “I’m a uniter, not a devider”. Uncle Tom preachers (like Eddie Long) helped elect George W. Bush. The new Uncle Tom sellouts for Mary Norwood (Dominique Wilkins, Able Mable Thomas)are trying to elect Atlanta’s version of George W. Bush.

Think about it; these fools are partnering to elect Mary Norwood with racist idiots like the one above “I am voting my race”.

Molly

October 31st, 2009
7:29 am

Mary Norwood was incompetent as a city council memeber and I find it almost laughable she has gotten this far. Reed has my vote.

jsh

October 31st, 2009
7:52 am

It is a pretty sad state of affairs invoking racism. Picking on Mary Norwood is getting no one fast and now my vote is sealed for her!

Will

October 31st, 2009
8:10 am

Relative to the stress and crisis created by the worst economic mess since the Great Depression, I think Atlanta is a great city. It is not immune to similar problems that plague all cities.

I also happen to think Atlanta will have a responsible, effective mayor regardless of whether the next mayor’s name is Reed, Norwood or Borders.

Batboy

October 31st, 2009
8:17 am

Good Job Reed. You found the right code word to get race into the election. Jane Kidd with the state party paved the race baiting path. The problem is, if you you win, you have to cooperate with the state and the surrounding counties. Good luck with that.

Hector

October 31st, 2009
8:28 am

You can have it all! That is what drove me to Cobb county, unethical, dirty politics, played by the most expensive and least service oriented city in Georgia! They all do exactly what they accuse others of doing in the past. R.I.P. Atlanta!

Dixiecrat

October 31st, 2009
8:48 am

“I am voting my race” you got that right. It is truly dissapointing how all of the other candidates are lashing out at Mary Norwood in desperation. And Shirley Franklin should be ashamed too. I figured she would be above those tactics, but clearly she isn’t and is just as bad as the other candidates running. It’s time to clean house and i am excited about it.

RJ

October 31st, 2009
8:52 am

This is an example of how disgusting + weak the GA Dems have become since their demise started in 2002. It’s no wonder that they will remain a minority party for years to come. If anyone thought Bill Campbell was corrupt, just triple the trouble with Kasim. Perhaps the GA Dems think they have their own Obama, but make no mistake, this is not Obama.

neo-Carlinist

October 31st, 2009
9:01 am

no honor among thieves

Top Cat

October 31st, 2009
9:28 am

Atlanta’s voters would be wise to remember that the city’s finest times have come when they and their leaders have embraced the notion that Atlanta is the city too busy to hate!…Transcend the racial piece…let’s move forward again!

Horsehockey

October 31st, 2009
9:49 am

Can you be anymore slanted against one candidate and still claim to be a journalist? Walter Chronkite is spinning in his grave!

Why is the AJC moving to the Perimeter Mall area? See the article below from the 8/17/09 AJC. Note the line about holding government and corporate officials accountable for fiscal responsibility!!!! LOL

“The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will relocate its headquarters next year from its longtime home downtown to smaller, leased offices near Perimeter Mall, parent company Cox Enterprises announced Monday.

“We hold corporations and government officials accountable for fiscal responsibility, and we must do the same for ourselves. This move will reduce controllable costs and help the company remain viable and focused on our core mission of journalism, while continuing to serve the community and provide advertising solutions.”

Why are they leaving? Cost (meaning Fulton County and City of Atlanta taxes, crime, parking, panhandlers).

Why is the subscription rate down? DuuuuuHHHHHHH?????

Seriously

October 31st, 2009
9:54 am

So now Norwood wants to wash the Republican off of her
saintly hands after using their support to raise money
and get this far?

http://www.marynorwoodformayor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=93&Itemid=110

There are all kind of folks in our great city, and we need a mayor that
respects them all. If she will disavow you now, Republicans of Atlanta,
just wait til she’s mayor.

inou

October 31st, 2009
9:56 am

Atlanta needs a serious change. It’s been going down hill for too long, thanks to inept, irresponsible, racist, corrupt politicians.

Chas

October 31st, 2009
10:10 am

Since when is race important in a political race??? I thought you voted gfor the best in the arena???

Jackalope

October 31st, 2009
10:58 am

All of this is backfiring on Reed. It is consolidating and motivating Norwood’s base. They WILL turn out. And IF there is a run off, they WILL vote again.

Norwood = Class

October 31st, 2009
11:13 am

Enter your comments here

Reed = Crass

October 31st, 2009
11:17 am

Norwood = Class

Reed & Borders = Crass

Atlanta needs competent leadership, not petty sophomoric snipers!!

We know Mary Norwood and how hard she works for the betterment of the City of Atlanta and the community at large. We are voting for Mary Norwood.

Robb Cohen

October 31st, 2009
11:33 am

Beware of the zero liability voter! Everyone deserves one vote, but those of us who atre the taxpayers and producers and pay for all of the city services should have their vote count 1.5 times

Teela

October 31st, 2009
12:10 pm

“Voting my race”…..a sad statement, but perhaps not to crazy or sad when you consider what black politicians are running.

Kasim Reed I’ve checked out. A Black Political machine child. Borders? another one. Spikes? Intelligent but a suit. Corporate lawyerism at it’s worse.

Norwood?? Well, all the mud thrown at her by blacks and blacks with something to ‘protect’??

Makes you look closer. I would take Mary’s lack of experience (with a good bunch of advisers around her) over the corruption of Reed and Borders. They are already ‘known’ elements. And the ties to Franklin is more of this blatant corruption.

Keep the entitlements going!

I was thinking about Spikes seriously, and I’m white. But with all the racist garbage thrown by Reed/Franklin/Borders/ Democratic Party, et al….well,

These politicos must be very afraid of something…and this little old white woman scares the pants off them enough to make them so racist in public?? (I already know what they do in private….been a fly on the wall before…I guess because I’m white I disappear to them…have been in Krogers and heard the black employees hold forth in very LOUD voices what they think of white folk….no manners at all)

So all I can see is that they are very afraid of a white mayor….any white mayor. They are acting like spoilt children.

Grow up. You have had 35 years plus of hegemony and power and look at the state of Atlanta. I’m not saying a white mayor will make any difference, but we can hope….and not because of the color of her skin.

I’m voting for Mary, …doesn’t matter what color she is. Bring me a Black candidate that isn’t tied hand and tooth to the Black Power structure nor the Dem. Party, and I’ll check them out.

We don’t need four more years of a Franklin knock off.

Dana Blankenhorn

October 31st, 2009
1:15 pm

I find it gratifying to see Democrats for Norwood and Republicans for Reed. Also black folks for Norwood and white folks for Reed. (Not the same thing.) Whoever wins it’s important that those who would tear this city apart on the basis of race or national politics not be allowed to do so.

Atlanta is a small city with the responsibilities of a big one. We’re more like Dallas, Texas than Houston, Texas. This limits what we can do, and the limits need to be accepted. I get the feeling that both Reed and Norwood both understand this. Their campaigns represent two possible approaches to the same problem.

I wish more city council members and candidates were making endorsements in this race because I remain undecided.

Jason Green

October 31st, 2009
4:09 pm

Mary Norwood ruined Atlanta nightlife by closing the nightclubs early. If she is elected she will close them even earlier. She is a Bush Supporter and I hate BUSH!

Jason

October 31st, 2009
4:28 pm

Robb Cohen, I am quite certain that I have a better income than you but I’ve read this little document called the Constitution so I don’t think my vote should count more than yours. Perhaps you’ll want to give it a look before deciding how much a person’s vote is worth.

Big Jon

October 31st, 2009
4:29 pm

The hatred of anything white in this city is so bad. It is obvious from the of the older black leadership to the bottom of the new is nothing but raw unapologetic hate of anything white. That is bad for both black and white. Hate is wrong. Please for Godsake Atlanta Black Leadership stop this hate of anything white. Why can’t We all just get along. Stop making this election white against black. Just a thought. Jesus said love one another.

Oprah's Vajajay

October 31st, 2009
4:44 pm

The black power structure in Atlanta, that was so powerful, has gotten too complacent over the last decade and has taken the white minority constituency for granted. That complacency has turned into open and absolute disdain by many blacks towards whites, as they saw Atlanta as “black” and didn’t need white people anymore. Shirley didn’t address this unacceptable attitude at City Hall over her reign. Granted, this is a generalization, but it is the attitude that is perceived and which is uniting a white backlash in this election.

If you doubt it, just look at how the democratic party is going after Norwood. Shameless and desperate!!

It is so funny people are sheep.

October 31st, 2009
4:57 pm

From reading these post, it seems playing the race card by any candidate is the right thing to do. Obviously, it motivates people. We as a people only have the government that we deserve. If we let subjects such as race dictate how we vote, can we really be mad about the city government? If any of the candidtes actualy told the truth, would you believe them? I mean come on now really? How many of you voters out there have actualy attented a city council meeting? How many voters out there have actualy researched the voting habits of Boarders, Norwood , or Reed when they were in public office? All that information is available through the Freedom of Information Act. What… you did not have time? Who does that? So instead you rely on information from what other people tell you rather than what you know. You only get the representation in government that you deserve. If you are going to vote for someone because a retired basketball player, or a rapper tells you to… then dont be so upset when there is a crap government in place.

IdaHere

October 31st, 2009
11:48 pm

Well the race for Mayor in Atlanta is certainly heating-up! It’s great to hear ALL of the the comments and debate going on! I’m enjoying every bit of it. One big laugh for me was the robot call from Dominque Wilkins! What a laugh, he is not intelligent enough to know that had it not been for Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young and their coalition working together, HE would have not had a chance to play for the Hawks! Colored people seem to forget so fast the great sacrifice their ancestors made so that they can enjoy a better life. Well, it was just a few decades ago that their folks could not even vote, here in Georgia, lynching was the biggest sport of the season, and it was great fun riding through their neighborhoods with white sheets scaring the H out of them. Well I have been trying to help them, but their self-hatred is so strong, and their memory so short, they can be bought and sold for nothing, just like the old days!

I APPRECIATE THE PROGRESS MADE IN THIS CITY OVER THE PAST DECADES AND KNOW THAT ATLANTA HAS COME A LONG WAY FROM THE DIRT ROADS AND AIRFIELD. THE POOR COLOR PEOPLE CANNOT APPRECIATE THE ROLE THEIR PEOPLE PLAYED IN MAKING THIS HAPPEN. WHAT A SHAME. WHEN MLK RECEIVED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, WE HAD TO PUSH REALLY HARD TO GET HIS HOMETOWN TO HONOR HIM! HOWEVER, WE DID IT AND IN GRAND STYLE. !

LET’S GET TO THE HEART OF THE MAYORAL RACE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE CANDIDATES, WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR ATLANTA, THE POTENTIAL OF WHAT THEY MIGHT ACCOMPLISH, THE THREE COLORED CANDIDATES ARE HEAD AND SHOULDERS OVER THE OTHER CANDIDATE. HOWEVER, IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT ACCORDING TO THE POLLS THAT SHE IS OUT FRONT! DON’T THE POOR COLOR PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THAT THE POLLSTER CONTRIVED THIS FROM THE BEGINNING AND THEY HAVE ACCEPTED IT WITHOUT QUESTION? ALL THEY ARE DOING IS BEATING UP ON EACH OTHER AND LETTING THIS GREAT CITY SLIP BACKWARDS!

No one ever conceived that this big joke would work! Well we know now just how much our brainwashing accomplished! All we have to do now is continue to move back in the City and keep them in their place! I say this sadly, because I truly took a lashing from my neighbors when I continued to work towards unity in our community, However, I will continue to work to keep Atlanta a city too busy to hate. My hope is that we can again join forces to move forward!

Yes, I am voting on Tuesday, because I cherish that right! Who I am voting for is my business, cause I also cherish that right!!

WAKE-UP ATLANTA AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!! WHO IN THIS RACE HAS DONE MORE FOR THE CITY OF ATLANTA AND HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CONTINUE OUR MOVE FORWARD IN MAKING US THE TRULY GREAT CITY WE DESERVE?

Intown

November 1st, 2009
11:03 am

Vote for Jesse Spikes! Atlanta needs new blood. Kasim carries Shirley’s water, Mary’s nuts and Lisa…well…That Jesse’s also brilliant and a helluva hard worker is even better. See his bio on jessespikesformayor.com.

Intown

November 1st, 2009
11:05 am

Vote for Jesse Spikes. Atlanta needs new blood. That he’s also brilliant and a heckava hard worker is even better. Chk his bio: jessespikesformayor.com

Mikey Downtown ATL

November 2nd, 2009
3:23 pm

Food for thought..Dem’s have been running the inner cities of America for about 40 years. People in the inner cities of America have been complaining about the same things in the inner cities for the last 40 years. Have you forgotten that most of the great civil rights leaders have been republican, Fredrick Douglas, Dr. King Jr, swear to God, look it up!

Uncle ( I'm no racist) Andy

November 3rd, 2009
11:59 am

A vote for Norwood would put us back in chains and she would put the police dogs and fire hoses on us, lawdy. Those people who vote their race are demons.
Remember me taking on the ’smart ass white boys’ and setting the stage for what Atlanta is today?
I am preacher and know what right. Ask Home Depot, I cleaned up their mess too.

EX

November 3rd, 2009
1:36 pm

It’s amazing to me to read some of these posts by white voters who think that blacks have it better in Atlanta and they are the victims of “racism.” Not sure they know what “racism” actually means–do you really think it just means talking negatively about a white person? Gosh, I wish that were the only racism the rest of us experienced, people talking negatively about us–what a relief that would be. I am neither white nor black but have lived in predominantly black and predominantly white neighborhoods in the past 10+ years, and I can testify that there’s a good reason many voters worry that an inexperienced white mayor would not understand the needs of black Atlanta–then again, Shirley Franklin hasn’t done much for black neighborhoods either. In white neighborhoods I saw how relatively fast things got taken care of. Roads get fixed; police respond; problems responded to. In my last neighborhood, over 99% black, we have to fight tooth and nail (and spend our own money) to deal with problems that the city should have been dealing with. The thing is that it isn’t even just a racial thing–we live in the South, where race and class still have something to do with each other. The so-called white “minority” really isn’t minority because it’s generally upper or upper-middle class (the latter including young college-educated people who live in expensive condos and complain that they’re poor).

All this to say, I’m really disheartened that the dialog has gotten this trivial. Why are we not talking about rich vs poor Atlanta, new vs. old Atlanta? About the issues that affect all of us and haven’t been dealt with the past 8 years…I often have wondered what Atlanta would be like today had Gloria Bromell-Tinubu won back then…I’m disheartened that now that we have the chance to turn over a new page, none of the candidates seem to be capable of serving Atlanta’s needs. They say they “listen” but are they going to keep doing so after elections are over?

The other sad thing is how hard it still is to vote. The people who vote are generally those interested in local politics; the fact that so little information is out there and we’re still using traditional and outdated voting procedures guarantees that the outcome is not going to represent the true voice of Atlanta.

Thug

November 3rd, 2009
3:11 pm

Mary NorWEAK is not strong enough to handle this city. She afraid to walk the streets. Another weak woman trying her luck! LMAO!

I copy that Teela!!

November 7th, 2009
6:10 am

Teela

October 31st, 2009
12:10 pm
“Voting my race”…..a sad statement, but perhaps not to crazy or sad when you consider what black politicians are running.

Kasim Reed I’ve checked out. A Black Political machine child. Borders? another one. Spikes? Intelligent but a suit. Corporate lawyerism at it’s worse.

Norwood?? Well, all the mud thrown at her by blacks and blacks with something to ‘protect’??

Makes you look closer. I would take Mary’s lack of experience (with a good bunch of advisers around her) over the corruption of Reed and Borders. They are already ‘known’ elements. And the ties to Franklin is more of this blatant corruption.

Keep the entitlements going!

I was thinking about Spikes seriously, and I’m white. But with all the racist garbage thrown by Reed/Franklin/Borders/ Democratic Party, et al….well,

These politicos must be very afraid of something…and this little old white woman scares the pants off them enough to make them so racist in public?? (I already know what they do in private….been a fly on the wall before…I guess because I’m white I disappear to them…have been in Krogers and heard the black employees hold forth in very LOUD voices what they think of white folk….no manners at all)

So all I can see is that they are very afraid of a white mayor….any white mayor. They are acting like spoilt children.

Grow up. You have had 35 years plus of hegemony and power and look at the state of Atlanta. I’m not saying a white mayor will make any difference, but we can hope….and not because of the color of her skin.

I’m voting for Mary, …doesn’t matter what color she is. Bring me a Black candidate that isn’t tied hand and tooth to the Black Power structure nor the Dem. Party, and I’ll check them out.

We don’t need four more years of a Franklin knock off.