A late-night conversation about Atlanta’s mayoral runoff

The conversation surrounding Atlanta’s mayoral runoff between Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed has already begun. In fact, it’s keeping some very late hours.

A string of e-mails has filtered through the city’s political class over the last three days, ending with a 4:14 a.m. Saturday note from Bunny Jackson-Ransom, ex-wife of the late mayor Maynard Jackson, promising to seek out “one black [Mary] Norwood supporter each day.”

Wrote Jackson-Ransom:

During the next few weeks, I intend to do whatever I can to wake up those African Americans who have become “bamboozled” into believing that a moderately educated, southern white women will do something for them. Obviously they have forgotten what Atlanta was like for our people before we had a Black Mayor. Yes, mistakes have been made; but we are surely not where we used to be.

But let’s walk it back a bit. This is a serious conversation that began with an extensive note from state Rep. Ralph Long, a real estate broker and first-term African-American member of the Legislature — originally published on his Facebook page.

On Thursday, Long marveled at his isolation as a Norwood supporter in a city that is “near the point of anarchy.” Wrote Long:

My father often told me that leadership was lonely, but wow. It is absolutely ridiculous that I am the only elected official who has endorsed the leading Mayoral candidate, Mary Norwood. Forty-six percent of Atlanta could not possibly be wrong.

Why won’t other politicians follow the lead of their constituents? Am I supposed to believe that only my eyes see the trash, lack of development, vacant homes and absolute lawlessness plaguing my side of town? We are near the point of anarchy. I remember in 2001 when we had a surge in home values. Dumpsters were everywhere as people all over remodeled their homes. There was a buzz that good economic development was finally coming to the pockets of Atlanta that had been forgotten. At the time, our desire for a local Starbucks, Publix and other retail did not seem so far-fetched. Those are laughable ideas now.

Yet I’m “crazy” – crazy because I want effective code enforcement. I’m “sold out” because I want a better city for my son. I’ve “run away from my Blackness” because I want better for my neighborhood and all of Atlanta. I’m willing to sacrifice a little prestige and popularity by standing alone for the sake of leadership – alone for the sake of what’s right. Why can’t you see what invades our homes every night on the news with murder after murder, theft after theft, rape after rape, crime after crime?

I’m the only elected official who has endorsed a candidate who exemplifies hope through her accessibility, work ethic and vision. Mary Norwood brings hope for a better day through her plans for rigorous code enforcement in all neighborhoods. Mary Norwood brings hope for a slice of the American dream that has not been slighted by blight, despair and crime. Mary Norwood’s vision brings hope for our kids who have no direction and run the streets with their pants sagging down. I just can’t believe that my eyes are the only ones that can see the economic depression on the corner of a once proud Beecher and Cascade. Am I the only person who hears about the near daily thefts and burglaries that occur on Westmont, Greymont, Martin Luther King or Mayson Turner and other streets?

Just around the corner from my home, a man was shot thirty-one times in broad daylight. His body was severely disfigured and on display for nearby playing children. Another young man was shot execution style on the corner of Langston and Deckner. He is now just a ghost, a vapor, seldom thought of in the abyss of Atlanta’s memory. Only one of these instances received any media attention, and that was because of the horrifying fact of how many times the victim was shot. The second instance only generated ink in the police report. To add insult to murder, voter turnout at the precinct in this neighborhood, Perkerson Elementary, a minute away from the crime scenes, was abysmal. There are far too many of these stories in Atlanta.

It is ok to say that the current regime has failed us. It is ok to say that good ideas can come from someone who does not look like me. It is ok to want a better life, to want more, and to desire to be safe and even know for the sake of decency that you deserve it!!!! I am not ashamed of the choices that I’ve made nor do I harbor any bad feeling for those who don’t agree with me, but I will not stand for people acting like they are blind. The forty-six percent of Atlantans with the wisdom to vote for change deserve the respect and admiration of their elected leaders. Now is not the time to favor political convenience over destiny.

On Friday morning, Shelley Wynter, a former talk jock for WAOK, wrote this response:

My father told me that lonely leadership is probably when you are on the wrong side of an issue. If you are the only elected official endorsing Mrs. Norwood then it is because your colleagues see that the candidate has major defects: inconsistency, inaccuracy, and not very intelligent. The growth that has gone in Atlanta has occurred exclusively north of I-20 and this is primarily due to the City Council on which Mrs. Norwood sat .

However, the City of Atlanta’s problems are issues of Finances. But she has admitted her lack of understanding of financial affairs. She has described the budget as being two books and being cooked. Well, she was a paid steward of these books, so is she criminally liable for this behavior?

Or did the cooked books benefit her since she has a contract with the City of Atlanta? And is voting for someone who has a contract with a broke city, while lambasting the stewards of the budget (of which she was one) really showing leadership or is it really more self serving?

Our crime problem was caused, in part, by Mrs Norwood. She voted against a one-half mil increase (as a pure conservative, I am against all taxes, however I would pay more for protection). Cops were furloughed, your neighbor was killed and now I am paying [a three-mil increase] — RIGHT BEFORE XMAS. But that vote was entirely okay because her community had private security.

Yes, the current regime failed us and Mrs. Norwood was/is part of that regime. Mr Reed can be tied to this regime, also. However, his ties are not in the area of legislation or lack there of. Also, the most damning reason that your candidate is not being endorsed by other elected officials is that her own city council members do not respect her intellect or candidacy — they have never selected her to head a committee. Nor have any of them to date, endorsed her.

And that prompted the following early-morning note from Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, whose daughter, Brooke Jackson-Edmond, has also endorsed Reed in the mayor’s race:

Shelly, I agree with you….

I was under the assumption that I could retire from active duty of campaigns – leaving it to the next generation. I guess I was wrong. During the next few weeks, I intend to do whatever I can to wake up those African Americans who have become “bamboozled” into believing that a moderately educated, southern white women will do something for them. Obviously they have forgotten what Atlanta was like for our people before we had a Black Mayor. Yes, mistakes have been made; but we are surely not where we used to be.

My personal goal is to seek out one Black Norwood supporter each day to remind and inform them. Thanks Shelly for providing some basic information that should hit home, educate and inform my sleeping neighbors. I invite some of you to join me. We need more than the “hope and vision” coming from Mary Norwood; we need vision – with direction and hope with ethics; we need action and follow-through shown through the record of Kasim Reed.

No doubt this won’t be the last on-line debate.

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291 comments Add your comment

mikey

November 7th, 2009
9:50 am

Bunny Jackson-Ransom is really afraid that her lucrative miinority contracts will be terminated. Why won’t she just come out and admit that her true fear is that her gravy train is about to be de-railed. Horrors. She might have to get a real job.

Rick Foxton

November 7th, 2009
10:00 am

When Atlanta starts focusing on results intead of race, our city will progess to the next level. I like what Rep Long has to say. Everyone knows the council has little power to fix the the city…the power rests in the mayors office to fix the city. Mary is honest. That’s what I really like about her. I don’t believe Maynard was. Reed doesn’t seem honest to my wife & I.

Reginold

November 7th, 2009
10:01 am

To the Jackson Family:

Please do not divide this town in order to keep your contracts at the airport. My city is too precious and delicate for it to be shaken for personal gain.

Reginold

BPJ

November 7th, 2009
10:02 am

It’s a shame that the Bunny Jackson-Ransom comments lead this article; the more thoughtful comments from the other two individuals are more noteworthy. My reasons for choosing Reed over Norwood are partly summed up by Shelley Wynter’s comments.

Shelley Wynter is right

November 7th, 2009
10:11 am

That is all.

Grant Park

November 7th, 2009
10:19 am

The Jackson machine sounds desperate, and is stirring the pot of racial politics in order to take away from the real issues of crime, finances, and economic development. I am sure either Reed or Norwood would be fine mayors, but I am voting for Norwood because she provides the spirit and the vision that Atlanta needs at this time.

Jamesbrennandoyle

November 7th, 2009
10:30 am

Reed is the only candidate with ethical violations. Reed was not seen in Vine City (an historically black neighborhood) after the devastating tornado. Reed just moved into the city limits less than two years ago after living in unincorporated fulton county. Reed and Mary are both qualified but I am voting for the candidate that I have seen in my neighborhood and for the candidate without ethical violations. This is not about Race…although these prominent poli-citizens would like you to think it is. How many times do you think they have actually gotten out of their car and picked up trash in these historically black neighborhoods…..oh im sorry they never did. They just rolled their windows up and went back to cascade…

Jamesbrennandoyle

November 7th, 2009
10:31 am

ITs time for a change….its time for Mary Norwoood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Man

November 7th, 2009
10:34 am

@ BPJ,

I agree with you. I don’t endorse any candidate as I do not live in the city and do not have a vote, but these elections affect those of us outside of the city as well. I can appreciate a well articulated argument such as Shelley Wynter’s. We’ll never progress with the thinking of the old guard such as Jackson-Ransom. This is bigger than race. This is about the good for all, not just a few. I just hope we get it right so that we can make the streets safe and improve the quality of life. Atlanta isn’t the paradise it once was.

Jamesbrennandoyle

November 7th, 2009
10:36 am

Just saw a truckload of young reed supporters….blaring rap music that objectified black women and gays…..there were so many people on the truck the tires looked flat. Isnt reed concerned about anyone getting hurt????? Is his new campaign slogan “Bust it Wide Open” because that is what was playing….a catchy song at the club but the wrong song for a mayor hopeful to be playing in a neighborhood that has been rocked by prostitution, high hiv rates, theft, vacant/abandoned homes, mortgage fraud….etc….As they swing from the truck with their REED signs…they dance to “Bust that P*SSY wide open and tell her to bring it back” Is this the mayor you want for your city?????? WAKE up!

art

November 7th, 2009
10:39 am

Norwood= Bush. It’s just that simple. Two simple minds, money background, without a working knowledge of how to use it. I’ll vote for race any day to stupidity.
Boy you people have very short memories, the country is in it’s state because of a dumb, greedy, lying group of peoples who used scare tactics to get the vote. DON’T YOU PEOPLE GET IT! It’s happening again.
Man, you’re dumb….

South West Atlanta Progressive Thinker

November 7th, 2009
10:39 am

The bottom line is I am not proud after 8 years of wasted resources and other mess that has gone on in the City of Atlanta. I agree it is time for the gravy train to end!!! Supporting Mary Norword is not about race; it is about change and new ideas on improving the City of Atlanta. Please for the record, I do not feel “bamboozled” at all. We need to stop looking back and start working together as a thriving city that looks out for everyone. This so call black coalition of political leaders has only looked out for themselves and friends for financial gain.

What?

November 7th, 2009
10:43 am

Atlanta has been growing above the I-20 because over the years our gay residents have transformed Midtown from a run-down neighborhood to a sought-after area. Why is Shelly Wynter blaming it on Mary Norwood? Shelly, you’re blind and desperate for any argument to go against Norwood. Mrs. Norwood is garnering the most votes because of these empty attacks.

Jamesbrennandoyle

November 7th, 2009
10:43 am

Its very obvious that these Reed Supporters do not live in neighborhoods like English Avenue or Vine City. Bunny Jackson probably does not even know where those neighborhoods are…let alone anyone that lives there. I challenge these supporters to live in these neighborhoods until the run off….they would not last for more than a night…and if they do….they probably will see Mary in her 1998 Buick driving through and stopping to talk to my neighbors…BLACK ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE REAL PROBLEMS THAT THE FRANKLIN MACHINE COULD NOT HANDLE….What makes you think that REED can handle them? He cant even handle his disclosures for the Senate…..WAKE UP~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!

bonbon

November 7th, 2009
10:44 am

we love mary

Downtowner

November 7th, 2009
10:44 am

I just want to point out that it’s NO reflection on Mary Norwood that she’s never been chair of a City Council committee. The Council President appoints these chairs–one of the two responsibilities of this office besides breaking tie-votes. The committee members DO NOT ELECT their chair.

And who has been City Council President for the last eight years? Lisa Borders….

bob

November 7th, 2009
10:45 am

MARY NORWOOD ALL THE WAY. SHE VOTED AGAINST THE MACHINE…THEY HATE HER BECAUSE SHE’S A SPIT FIRE!!! I’M BLACK. EDUCATED. WE LOVE MARY…..

CATH

November 7th, 2009
10:46 am

mary is a vote for CHANGE….WE ELECTED OBAMA…WE WANT CHANGE…VOTE NORWOOD.

Jamesbrennandoyle

November 7th, 2009
10:47 am

ATLANTA is not necessarily growing above 1-20 there are plenty….about twenty neighborhoods in northwest Atlanta (30318 and 30314) that have not grown….District three is depressing….and it is north of I-20. VINE CITY and English Avenue are in the NORTHWEST CORRIDOR…..they are considered NORTH areas…..just because its in the NW or NE does not mean that there has been growth….get your facts straight!

smartguy

November 7th, 2009
10:47 am

This is so pitiful.

I thought last year we made it clear that color has no place in picking the best candidate. Now, to many African Americans, it is the ONLY issue.

While the rest of us have moved past race, some of you are still stuck on it. That is too bad.

BIG MAC

November 7th, 2009
10:47 am

If anyone other than Bunny Jackson-Ransom had written that or, God forbid, someone endorsed a white candidate in the same manner, they would have been rightly called a BIGOT and probably a RACIST.

In a city “too big to hate”, there sure seems to be a focus on the color of one’s skin not the content of their character.

Obama was elected by a lot of white folk votes, how about the same courtesy in the mayoral runoff to discuss issues without a skin color reference.

tim

November 7th, 2009
10:48 am

i want norwood. we don’t care about her polotics- dem or repub. we need a change and she is it. if blacks are so racist as to insist the mayor be black, shame on you…don’t be a racist, vote mary.

doug

November 7th, 2009
10:49 am

I’M VOTING FOR MARY. ALL YOUR RACIST COMMENTS HAVE MADE A MARY SUPPPORTER OUT OF ME. KEEP IT UP….

Brad

November 7th, 2009
10:49 am

The hypocrisy coming out of the leadership of the black community is outrageous. Everyone is supposed to “see past the color of a person’s skin” until the person in question is white. YOU are damaging the efforts of those who came before you. YOU are perpetuating the race issue. YOU are dividing this city. YOU will lose this election by doing so.

Jamesbrennandoyle

November 7th, 2009
10:50 am

Lisa Borders has been in bed with the very same developers that have left “GHETTOS IN THE SKY” aka condo buildings that are empty. She does not care about the city…she cares about herself and her developer friends.

Morehouse Guy

November 7th, 2009
10:50 am

I seem to remember a recent campaign that spoke of “hope”, but let’s be honest — governing isn’t campaigning and it’ll take more than hope to right the City’s fiscal and public safety challenges.

It’s sad that many Norwood supporters can only point to “hope”, “energy” and “access” when justifying their support for her candidacy, but the reasons why they are left with these squishy reasons are clear: her legislative record is anemic. Mary Norwood was not a visionary legislator. She was not a well-respected Councilmember. She was a busybody. A nice woman but a busybody no less.

I respect Representative Long, but again, his rationale for supporting Ms. Norwood is telling. We know the key issues facing the City, but can ANY Mary Norwood supporter point to anything she’s done or anything she says she will do that will address our budgetary or public safety woes? Did any of you watch ANY debates? How could you come to the conclusion that Mary is most qualified and best equipped to lead the City? Or, are you just looking for something new?

Though I see where Ms. Ransom is coming from, her approach is outdated. Though I am a younger guy, I doubt older Black Atlantans need any reminding about what the City used to be like. They need to be reminded about what the City is currently facing, sell Senator Reed’s clear record of accomplishment and draw clear contrasts between Ms. Norwood’s rhetoric and his legislative RECORD (in a Republican-dominated, anti-Atlanta state legislature no less!). Some segments of Black Atlanta’s political class seem to be so consumed with the past, that they can’t see what is driving Ms. Norwood’s candidacy.

Further, I would hope that this election season brings to light this nonsensical belief that because someone is accessible or because they show up at every community meeting (or every senior facility’s fish fry or every church BBQ) that this equips them to be Mayor. I find it shocking that people would think that you can do nothing (other than call for a few audits) on the Council, but show up to every senior facility’s spaghetti supper and pander to misled black folks at the Beautiful, pay off “activists” like Dave Walker and “Able” Mable and someone take your mayoral candidacy seriously.

The fact that 46% of Atlantans voted for her only underscores what we’ve known in the City for some time — voters say their cast their votes for substantive reasons but that’s mere pretext. People think that a “new” face will somehow magically clean up City Hall. But Mary’s not new! What has she said or done to think she’ll be effective? It’s sad that a legislator can’t point to anything of record that Mary Norwood has done to address the very ills he thinks she can address.

Councilmembers are far from powerless, but some of them are ineffective, and Mary Norwood’s record on the Council, her debate performance and her platform all speak to her inability to lead the City. But then again, my critique works from a substantive basis, and this City is so consumed with race and contracts (@ Reginold — please believe that cronyism and no-bid contracts didn’t begin with Maynard Jackson), that we can’t get to the issues that truly matter and we’re possibly on the verge of electing someone who has shown she’s unfit to serve.

What?

November 7th, 2009
10:51 am

Mary is a republican? Look at her views! She’s more liberal than even a moderate democrat! Being white does not make her republican. CONDOLEEZZA RICE was a republican and so was COLIN POWELL. But there was no hate against them for their party affiliation. Race is an issue because that CARD keeps getting played. But guess what? There’s a new card to be played in America, and it’s the gay card. Sound slike some are angry they can’t be the “special” people anymore. I guess it’s time to just act like we’re all equal…Sorry it sucks for you…But, hey, it’s what we all need.

CallItBothWays

November 7th, 2009
10:51 am

Wow, we will never get past our past mistakes as a country as long as there are racists like Bunny Jackson-Ransom who have a voice. I wish racist, divisive figures like her would just go away so we can confront our problems together.

Diehard

November 7th, 2009
10:52 am

Bunny needs to remind people she’s Maynard’s offspring so she can keep hip-hopping along to the bank. Follow the money, Bunny. Follow the money.

Morehouse Guy

November 7th, 2009
10:56 am

And how did Blacks become racist when more of them have shown themselves to be more supportive of Ms. Norwood’s candidacy than whites of Mr. Reed’s candidacy? Did anyone read the AJC article from earlier in the week that showed majority black precincts and Ms. Norwood’s performance relative to Mr. Reed’s in majority-white precincts.

There are folks on both sides of this race who are voting for Mr. Reed and Ms. Norwood purely because of their race, and we need to admit it.

atlpaddy

November 7th, 2009
10:57 am

I haven’t heard a peep from Bunny Jackson these past several years while the city was being run into the ground by Bill Campbell and Shirley Franklin, but now all of a sudden she acts like she cares….

Jamesbrennandoyle

November 7th, 2009
10:57 am

THE ALLEGED BLACK AGENDA HAS DONE NOTHING FOR THE HISTORICALLY BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS THAT RIGHTFULLY DESERVE THE SAME LEVEL OF CITY SERVICES THAT THE REST OF CITY RECEIVES>………WHY NOT?

What?

November 7th, 2009
10:59 am

@Morehouse Guy: Statistically, there are more black people in Atlanta than white. So for Mary to garner a higher percentage of black-votes then Reed’s white-votes is statistically supportive in regards to the ratio. So, in essence, Atlanta voted equally.

Harald

November 7th, 2009
10:59 am

@art

Gee… I think this country is in better shape than the City of Atlanta…having lived here most of my adult life and seen mayor after mayor run the city finances into the ground, race bait every chance they get, blame it on everyone except themselves, use the City as a personal piggy bank for them and their cronies, etc…

We all know where Kasim Reed is coming from and where he is going…Bill Campbell the Second.

Oh and Mary Norwood = Bush??…why, because they are both White? Absolutely pathetic…and I’m sure you are the one who screams ‘racism’ every chance you get.

Ward

November 7th, 2009
11:00 am

Did you expect any different from Maynard Jackson’s widow? She’s fighting to preserve the old order, and her prejudice fairly oozes from every word. Bunny, it’s NOT 1972. I find it amusing how local Dems are all about ‘change’ and equal opportunity… except when it works against them.

Vote for Reed if you to continue cronyism and more appointments like Richard Pennington.

Bill

November 7th, 2009
11:09 am

Regarding the comments from Bunny Jackson-Ransom: The changes seen by blacks in this city may be less from thirty years of black leadership than simply from thirty years passing. Our country is very different (thankfully) than it was in the 1970s. You will be hard pressed to find citizens of Atlanta (any color) who wish to go back to those days. However, the idea that blacks can only be served by black leadership is a notion that is stuck in the 1960’s.

I leaned strongly toward Kasim Reed until 3 weeks before the election. The attacks on Norwood, the democratic paty’s interference, and the negative tone of Reed’s campaign at the end moved me to the Norwood camp. I am not thrilled with her, but I do believe we need a change.

If we keep doing what we have always done, we will keep getting what we have always gotten. Reed does appear to be a continuation of the Maynard Jackson dynasty. I do not like dynasties, regardless of their color.

Several commentors have said that Norwood lacks intelligence. She is not rocket scientist, but she is not stupid. In our current situation, other qualities such as diligence and hard work may be more important.

Shirley Franklin had vision for this city. That was her strength. The same can be said about Maynard Jackson. Reed makes the same claim. But what we need right now, is not vision. We need someone who will work in the trenches, and make the city work. Vision is fine, but someone has to make it happen. The beltline project is a great example of vision. But what good is that if the streets aren’e safe, the trash isn’t picked up on time, and codes aren’t enforced. We need to make the nuts and bolts of this city work like they are supposed to. We need to make all city services efficient, effective and accountable. I don’t know if Norwood can do that, but I am willing to give her a chance.

John

November 7th, 2009
11:12 am

Let’s ask some questions about our city.

Anybody been by City Hall East lately? Are you proud of it’s appearance? Anybody been down on Central Avenue recently? How about Five Points? See any panhandlers or trash – raw garbage – chcken bones, etc, littering the streets? How’s the city’s budget doing? Any furloughs planned before the holidays? How’s our homeless situation? And crime – up or down? Anybody feel safe in downtown Atlanta after dark? How about the good folks who live in Fourth Ward? Do you feel safe from the drug dealers and gang-bangers who plague your community?

How about students at Spellman, Clark and Morehouse. You feel safe walking across campus?

I got news for you fellow citizens of a once-great city. What we’ve got here is a reverse good ol’ boy system. Keeping Atlanta’s power structure black is all that matters to some folks. That mentality has given us 16 years of criminal behavior (Bill Campbell) or incompetence (Her Honor, Shirley Franklin).

One of Atlanta’s strengths USED to be diversity. Education, commerce and prosperity that crossed racial lines were hallmarks of the community. But gone are the days of enlightened leaders in City Hall. We need another Sam Massell or Maynard Jackson. These were men of vision; they were consensus builders, not scallywags looting the public coffers or playing up racial differences to mask their piss-poor management.

Hell, if pigmentation is all that matters, why not see if we can lure Eldrin Bell away from Clayton County? He seems to qualify based on Ms Jackson-Ransom’s standards. By the way, are Clayton County’s schools accredited yet?

We estranged ourselves from – then ultimately lost – the predominantly-white communities (i.e. tax base) with indifferent public services – they’re just a bunch of rich white folks. Why should they stay and suffer our perpetual incompetence and foolishness?

Some folks call Atlanta the New York City of the south. Maybe once. But now we’re a helluva lot closer to Newark, New Jersey.

Me personally, I don’t give a flip about the ethnicity of our mayor. A dedicated and capable public servant would be nice for a change, though. I ain’t holding my breath.

Bill

November 7th, 2009
11:14 am

Re: all the talk of race and accusations of racism.

If you are black and vote for the black candidate, that does not make you racist.
If you are white and vote for the white candidate, that does not make youi racist.
But, If you vote for the black or the white candidate BECAUSE of their skin color (or that of the opponent), that is a different story.
You cannot determine racism, or the lack of it, by counting how many blacks voted for the white candidate, or how many whites voted for the black candidate.

Morehouse Guy

November 7th, 2009
11:15 am

@ What: You’re misunderstanding what I’m saying. I’m not talking about absolute votes but comparative performance. Comparatively, Ms. Norwood performed better in majority-black precincts than Mr. Reed in majority-white precincts, see: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-mayor-race-2009-185261.html. Compare Norwood’s performance in Districts 10,11, 12, 3 and 4 and compare that with Reed’s performance in 7 and 8. Again, we’re talking RELATIVE performance and not ABSOLUTE numbers.

Jamesbrennandoyle

November 7th, 2009
11:15 am

The young generation is just not going to listen to this outdated rhetoric…white and black people alike are suffering in this city….open and vacant structures, armed robbery, etc. Crime is not race based in this city…it affects us all….

At this point...

November 7th, 2009
11:17 am

Reed is doomed.

Morehouse Guy

November 7th, 2009
11:18 am

@ Bill: If you believe that there aren’t voters in both camps who aren’t voting for either Norwood or Reed because of their race, you’re delusional. Further, you can’t definitively prove racialized voting from the raw data, but the racialized patterns of voting across the City does at least suggest that race is certainly at play IN SOME FORM in the City’s voting patterns. That’s my contention, and I doubt most people would disagree that race IN SOME FORM is informing voting patterns in the City. Let’s not be naive.

Rockin Bob!

November 7th, 2009
11:19 am

Some people are right at home living around trash and dilapitated buildings. They keep rats as pets.

dewstarpath

November 7th, 2009
11:33 am

Out of all the mayoral candidates, Kasim Reed seems to be
the most credible. He’s the only one who is not a “Southern
stereotype”, who can be taken seriously.

dewstarpath

November 7th, 2009
11:34 am

- Rockin Bob! – needs to stop smoking meth.

GladtobeOTP

November 7th, 2009
11:38 am

@John:

The Clayton County Board Of Commissioners does not play any sort of role in the day to day running of the Clayton County Board Of Education and the running of the school system. The members of the BoE are elected and they hire and fire the Superintendent.

Eldrin Bell moved to Clayton County because he knew that he would never be able to get elected for any elected position within the City of Atlanta as he was not part of the system that elected Franklin and Campbell. The voters in the City of Atlanta had their chance to bring him in as Mayor, but didn’t. Their loss was Clayton County’s gain. He’s actually been a pretty decent Commission Chairman for Clayton County. He has a lot a support from not only black voters but also white voters in the county. Imagine how screwed up the county would be if the Lee Scott political machine took over his seat? The voters saw through the b.s. he was spouting, and also voted his wife out as D.A. and Victor Hill as Sheriff, both also part of his political machine. Perhaps they ought send those three Atlanta’s way as a bit of thank you gift for getting Bell to move down here.

This race doesn’t do much to improve the impression that those who may live OTP or in “the other Georgia” (AKA outside of Metro Atlanta) have about the city.

I have to say that any black candidate that tries to pull the race card in an election deserves to be defeated. The race card when it comes to political campaigns is a one-trick pony, and at this point, said pony has been dead for years. The carcass is really rotten and needs to be buried.

When Mayor Franklin was elected, her commercials stated that she was “Going to make us proud.” At this point, it turns out it was business as usual for the City of Atlanta.

Those that are trying to turn the mayor’s race into a partisan race ought to be ashamed of themselves. If they want to make it a race where party affiliation is an issue, then let the city spend the money (Which they probably cannot afford to do.) to hold primaries for any Democratic and/or Republican candidates. As it currently stands, the Mayor’s race is a non-partisan race and should always remain so. Any candidate or political party that wishes to drag party affiliation into such a race ought to be censored and/or fined for such comments.

General Sherman

November 7th, 2009
11:41 am

Wasted article and comments.The blacks are going to stick together .They do not want to lose the sugar tit.

Same old same old

November 7th, 2009
11:44 am

Bunny is a racist!!!!!!!!!! Shame, shame.

John

November 7th, 2009
11:50 am

GladtobeOTP,

I stand corrected on Commissioner Bell. I guess I cling too long to past transgressions.

I’m encouraged too that things are looking up in Clayton County.

Best regards.

JPfromtheA

November 7th, 2009
12:00 pm

I’m a black man, grew up in the heart of Atlanta. My entire family is from Atlanta, my great grandfather founded a black insurance company which I won’t name. So my roots go way back. I grew up under this so called black leadership here in Atlanta and I really don’t see where it’s gotten us. I’m proud to say i’m voting for Norwood but it’s not because of her race but because we need a change from what we’ve gotten over the last 30 or so years. We need a real change. Norwood to me is that change. I think Reed is a good man and and some point may do a good job as Mayor but I don’t think it’s his time just yet. I think Norwood can turn Atlanta toward a new direction and I wish her the best.