State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) sent out an e-mail to friends this morning:
Now this is funny – at least to me.
My friend Mary Norwood spent this weekend in the Atlanta mayoral race promoting her Democratic Party credentials and explaining away why she occasionally voted in the Republican primaries in recent years at her Buckhead Atlanta residence.
Lindsey cites an article from Atlanta Progressive News in which Norwood and her campaign explain:
In 2004, Norwood voted in the Republican Primary and the Republican Primary Run-off; this race included US House and legislature seats.
According to Norwood’s campaign manager Roman Levit, Norwood picked up a Republican ballot because in her State House district there was a competitive race between three or four Republicans and there was no Democrat in the race [the seat that State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R) holds], so she voted for the least radical candidate.
In case you are wondering, I honestly take no offense – although I do wonder now if I was “the least radical candidate.”
A political friend of mine once described the closing weekend of a campaign as the Silly Season, when candidates stretched to the end of their ropes say and do things they would not ordinarily think of doing. He liked to say that no candidate in the closing days of a hard fought race should be allowed to drive heavy machinery or use a credit card.
I think that accurately describes things here in Atlanta the last few days judging from what was put out and said by all four leading candidates – Mary Norwood, Kasim Reed, Jesse Spikes, and Lisa Borders. They are all quality, serious candidates who could bring different strong credentials to the Atlanta mayor’s office.
However, instead of focusing on our fiscal crisis, crime, water, economic development, and transportation, they and their surrogates each have engaged in petty finger pointing of one kind or another. I trust each will regain their sanity tomorrow.
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