Lisa Borders to endorse Kasim Reed in mayoral runoff

This just from the mayoral campaign of Kasim Reed:

Former mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders will endorse former State Senator Kasim Reed for Mayor of Atlanta during a press conference on Wednesday.

Here’s the quote from the third-place finisher in Tuesday’s vote:

“After many months of campaigning, it is critical for us to come together as a demonstration of strength and unity. Atlanta lies at a critical crossroads and her very future depends on leadership that can unite us and move us forward,” Borders said.

“Now is the time to lay aside our differences and work in the best interest of all citizens to ensure each has the opportunity to rise to their full potential. Senator Reed’s ideas for afterschool recreation centers, his focus on public safety and his willingness to work toward increasing revenue opportunities for Atlanta are in line with my policy objectives.”

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John

November 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

This is BIG for Reed! Norwood apparently doesn’t have the respect of her colleagues.

Alan

November 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

No big surpise here. Funny how she says “Now is the time to aly aside our differences and work in the best interest of all citizens” – read as “Now is the time to aly aside our differences and work in the best interest of the black community”

Plain Jane

November 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

Mary Norwood’s in trouble.

Sam

November 11th, 2009
1:40 pm

No credible public official will put their name behind Norwood.

WTF

November 11th, 2009
1:50 pm

Really? Did you think it would be any other way? It’s sad that this town can’t rise above it’s racial issues.

Reverse Racism

November 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

No big surprise here. Move along. Status quo for ATL.

The Late Maynord Jackson

November 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

what can I say except THANKS

Don't Believe Kasim

November 11th, 2009
1:58 pm

C’mon now. This is an act of professional necessity, not a true endorsement. Borders had no choice but to side with Reed. The entire black leadership circle in Atlanta leaned on her and the rest of the senior staff on her campaign. She risked complete political obsolescence if she does not make this move. The whole thing is a joke. Toward the end of the campaign, Borders hammered Reed on his pie-in-the-sky public safety plan, his utter lack of viable revenue generators, and the absolutely nonsensical notion that opening rec centers (the cost of which Reed never fully accounted for) will decrease crime. Now she is lauding these proposals?? The lesson to be learned here is that politics is a nasty game that forces to you ally yourself with disgusting people to salvage your own career.

I love Atlanta

November 11th, 2009
2:27 pm

Well it looks like the brotha’s and sista’s will always side with eachother.

Four more years of black leadership! YAY! I can’t wait! More corruption, lost money, stupidly spend money, and lack of services because of stupidly spend money.

Great.

I love Atlanta

November 11th, 2009
2:27 pm

*spent* money….typo.

ATLlien

November 11th, 2009
2:48 pm

My initial reaction is who really gives a ….? Lisa Border supporters will not show up on Dec. 1st to support Reed since only 11K of them showed up on Nov. 3rd to support her candidacy. She only did this with the hopes of being used by Reed in some capacity within his administration.

And secondly, this will only benefit Mary Norwood as she now owes NO ONE any favors and can effectively lead the city without the typical outside interests & lobbying from big real estate companies and other politicians.

And yes, I’m an African-American Mary Norwood supporter.

playthatfunkymusic whiteboy

November 11th, 2009
2:58 pm

I know Lisa – she cares about her pockets, not about Atlanta. If she had won, she would have done so much…. for Cousins.

I think Atlanta won BIG TIME by her not being in this run-off.

Cherry

November 11th, 2009
3:04 pm

Politics as usual

Teela

November 11th, 2009
3:12 pm

I’m with WTF. and a bunch of others here..Perhaps I am exhausted by the arguments, but regardless who wins, we are going to be in a time of turmoil.

Again. This city is an Augean stable. I probably got that wrong, but it’s going to take a LOT to clean it up.

as for Borders…I agree. Where else was she going to place her support???

Poor Mary. But she already knows how hard it has been to work with the City Council. It will be much harder with the status quo disrupted.

But are they ever? It’s a machine.

RGB

November 11th, 2009
3:25 pm

Not unlike the OJ jurors rendering their “verdict.”

No need to bother presenting all that fancy DNA evidence. It didn’t matter.

billy bob from cobb

November 11th, 2009
3:32 pm

Atlanta is like the planet of the apes. I still don’t understand why a decent white person would want to be involved. I would be afraid if i was her. Darkie town is like the wild west. Remember what happened in Dekalb when that sheriff lost that election.

findog

November 11th, 2009
3:32 pm

Tella, are you saying it will take a Herculean effort to clean out city hall? With all the recent rain it may not be necessary for the individual to divert the rivers as maybe God is going to do it for us…

Concerned

November 11th, 2009
3:44 pm

Wow, the racism being displayed here is kind of shocking.

“Well it looks like the brotha’s and sista’s will always side with eachother.
Four more years of black leadership!…More corruption, lost money, stupidly spend money, and lack of services because of stupidly spend money.”

When white people support other white people, do you all comment here about how all the “honkies” stick together to the detriment of everyone else? I dont like cronyism and I’m obviously against corruption but using those issues to justify blatantly anti-Black commentary is cowardly and ineffective. Holding our electeds accountable is essential – not by race baiting, but by demanding they address the issues that impact us most.

Is Billy Bob from Cobb joking? I’m going to assume so otherwise I’m really going to lose it?

MC W

November 11th, 2009
4:03 pm

Voice of Reason

November 11th, 2009
4:06 pm

Can one of you Mary Norwood supporters please let me know what substantive accomplishments she’s had on behalf for the City of Atlanta? Your answer shouldn’t include chicken dinners for community meetings.

PoliticOracle

November 11th, 2009
4:07 pm

@Don’t Believe Kasim
Why is it that you people get on this comment thread insist that racism has something to do with Reed getting Border’s endorsement? To a critically thinking person, you all seem either very ignorant or very deceptive. There is no way you really believe this.
Is it somehow racist that Stephanie Rammage (white editor of the Sunday Paper) endorsed him? What about. The WHITE editors at Creative Loafing’s endorsement? How do you explain these two weekly alternative newspapers endorsing Reed? Don’t let me forget the very white Jay Bookman at AJC’s endorsement.

Now since Borders is an elected official, let me not forget all the WHITE progressive elected officials that I and several others in this city (white and black) respect. Such leaders as; Jim Martin, Nan Orrock, Kathy Ashe, Pat Gardner, Karla Drenner and David Adelman. Now you tell me if they’re worng in their judgement or if they are somehow racially biased.

The fact of the matter is, there have been no respectable leaders (white or black) willing lo lend their support to Norwood and Reed has a diverse cross-section f supporters from all backgrounds. This notion of Reed supporters being racist is starting to make you sound like you’re playing the new “white” race card. I guess if 40’s the new 30, white’s the new victim. Mary Norwood is a weak candidate and not even the Northside, white city councilmembers will put their support behind her. That should tell you all something. This woman’s doesn’t have a clue and is not good for the city. I don’t know why so many of her supporters are making this about race. I don’t like the comments of the CAU professors or those of Bunnie Ransom, but I have seen nothing that connects those things to Kasim Reed. In fact, the memo was meant to take support from him and I stated on an earlier post that the Bunnie Ransom’s of the world are the last of a dying breed. As a young progressive voter and entrepreneur, I’m putting my vote behind the candidate with the REAL record. Not a broken record that’s stuck on complaints about the current administration and full of excuses about why she couldn’t get anything done. Even Sarah Palin took charge and made things happen for Alaska. Mary Norwood has done absolutely nothing.

And for all those that want me to get off this thread, pray the weather’s better tomorrow so I can go back to my business. If it isn’t, I’ll be right here tomorrow policing this blog for lies and rhetoric.

@ATLien

Nobody cares what your race is, if you’re supporting Mary Norwood that’s fine. I respect you excercising your right to vote, but I’m so tired of people telling their race to prove a point. Us young progressives could care less about race. That’s how we got President Obama elected we stayed focus on the issues and didn’t let race distract. Just be ATLien, Mary Norwood supporter.

Senator

November 11th, 2009
4:08 pm

Looks like the city is abandoning Mary Norwood. Probably because she doesn’t have a record or competency to stand on.

Refocus

November 11th, 2009
4:12 pm

It’s clear that Mary Norwood supporters are trying to make a race issue out of all of this. Wake up! It’s called merit. It just so happens that Norwood lacks it…she’s accomplished nothing.

Toliver

November 11th, 2009
4:15 pm

Priority number one: Get all black politicians out of City Hall. They’ve had their reign and ruined the city…we need it back.

newA

November 11th, 2009
4:21 pm

Norwood’s campaign is OVER.

PoliticOracle

November 11th, 2009
4:24 pm

@Toliver

You’re a disgrace to your family. Do you feel the same about our state leaders, who are at the helm of the 48th state in education rankings and wh have had to furlough state workers, haven’t done a thing about transportation in the state?

Son of the South

November 11th, 2009
4:25 pm

Maynard Jackson is the most overrated mayor in the history of the south. Look at the state of what he supposedly created. It’s time for a new color of leadership in Atlanta. Mary Norwood for Mayor!

Ira in East Lake

November 11th, 2009
4:27 pm

Middle aged white males unite!

Vote for Kasim!!

Lisa’s a joke. She’ll go back to her six figure no show job for the hospital – good riddance.

Watch out for Mary to join the Milton County and City of Buckhead crowd once she get her butt kicked by the rational citizens of Atlanta.

Enoughwiththeendorsements

November 11th, 2009
4:39 pm

You know, Norwood might actually have a great shot of winning this thing without pulling much support from City Leaders. You know what that would say? These nice staged endorsements and all mean nothing to most voting folks who don’t much support the city officials in the first place and the lack of effectiveness they’ve done. (Jim Martin? The guy that lost by 20% points in his meaningful race. Lisa Borders? The President of City Council while Atlanta got into this position it is now (No, she wasn’t around during Mayor Franklin’s first effective term). These great democratic state legislators? They’ve accomplished next to nothing this century in the Legislature and can’t even mount any sense of leadership/challenge to the Republicans, nor can they offer GA any real democratic leadership other than hauling in an ex Governor who got beat also). And, careful, but Norwood gained 47% of vote, apparently someone in Atlanta thinks she would be a good mayor, endorsements not needed.

Jackalope

November 11th, 2009
4:44 pm

PolitcalOracle: you owe me dinner RE: “Norwood won’t break 40%”

Tom Stafford

November 11th, 2009
4:49 pm

The more it changes the more it is the same. For a brief moment my naivity led me to believe that Lisa was a genuine independently thinking soul. Her comment about how politics had strange bedfellows..when a grass root group endorsed Norwood, kind of made me think “you know, this lady is can paddle her own boat..By Golly.” Wrong! Race is the overriding issue in this campaign..case closed.

Reuben

November 11th, 2009
4:53 pm

Sounds to me like the rappers are about to have free rein over the city. Every good restaurant is about to be ruined even more by the thug crowd. Expect more nightclubs where the rodents of this town will be able to pop more bottles.

Angus

November 11th, 2009
4:56 pm

The only thing I’ve ever heard Borders & Reed agree on is “increasing revenue opportunities”.

For the naive, that translates into raising your taxes…again (that is, if you have anything taxable).

But looking at how Atlanta voted, http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-mayor-race-2009-185261.html , there’s no surprise in that.

Angus

November 11th, 2009
5:00 pm

@ enoughwiththeendorsements –

The Democrats are “all in” here. They lose this and they are essentially wiped out of the state of Georgia – they have no choice.

PoliticOracle

November 11th, 2009
5:21 pm

@Jackolope

I do owe you dinner, maybe we can link up after 12/1.

Did you here Gov. Barnes plans to endorse Reed? And to those that say these endorsements are meaningless, you’re very naïve. These endorsements come with hundreds of volunteers and thousands of dollars in fundraising capability.

Norwood, is going to get the brakes beat off of her.

Teela

November 11th, 2009
5:25 pm

@ findog:….Yep, a Herculean task….LOL! Get out the shovels….or thimbles. (Grin).

It is going to take a lot of effort. However, the whole issue is giving me a monstrous headache. City politics can do that, you know.

@enough with the endorsements: I agree. I don’t think it gives a hot damn who endorses whom now. People that can’t think…and there are plenty of those to go around….

who read and believe the endorsements…a la Borders to Reed.

You are right on about Martin. What a weak and silly man….and losing by 20%??

Oops, I promised Mr. Galloway I would play nice. But I don’t trust politicians…and just for the record. Ralph Long didn’t come out early in the Perkins Auto dump the toxic fluids in Perkerson Park scandal. No, he was a Ralphie come lately on that score. A lot of nameless (to power) people in the community in SW Atlanta worked years on that issue. Ralph jumped on it and got someone’s glory.

I didnt’ know that run offs were a white man’s attempt to discourage blacks from winning elections. Amazing what you learn here. I didn’t know.

So……Mary at 47% should have won the first time around???

TEELA

PoliticOracle

November 11th, 2009
5:49 pm

@Teela

These endorsements are significant because these individuals are very popular in Atlanta. Jim Martin and all the other WHITE leaders that endorsed Reed. Jim Martin killed Chambliss in Metro Atlanta and he has the respect of many voters. You can kid yourself if you want, these endorsements are huge and Atlanta is one a few remaining democratic strongholds in Georgia so the state party is right to throw as much support as possible behind Reed.

The only COLOR we Dems care about is Blue and Mary is supposedly Purple so she is getting trounced.

Don't Believe Kasim

November 11th, 2009
6:16 pm

@PoliticOracle:

Try to relax. At no point did I say that Borders’ endorsement of Reed was somehow “racist.” As I understand the word, “racist” defines any act whereby someone defines the qualities or characteristics of another solely on the basis of that person’s skin color. Just because an issue involves race does not make it racist, nor does commenting on the influence that race might have on a particular issue. Would you call it racist if I said that black voters in Atlanta favored Kasim Reed in the general election? Of course not.

The point of my comment was to highlight that Borders’ endorsement of Reed is by no means an indication of the strength of Reed’s platform. Rather, it is the prudent, albeit unseemly, decision of a political official to maintain relations with predominately black power structure in hopes of maintaining her professional prospects. I don’t disagree that Reed has broad, racially heterogeneous support. Nevertheless, I find it highly dubious that the proposals that Borders extolled in her endorsement were the very ideas that she spent the last month aggressively (and legitimately) blasting in public forums and campaign statements.

jimbo

November 11th, 2009
6:18 pm

Enter your comments here

jimbo

November 11th, 2009
6:21 pm

Black communities and most icons (excluding mike jordan) are the eyesore to this country. Black democrats are basically anarchist. Black people are also the most racist of them all, they always get what they want cause they pout whine and cry about it on the news and people just get sick of hearing about it. I remember i seen a bunch of black people cheering in oakland when 4 officers were killed. Thats whats next for the city of Atlanta…….great.

Goodness

November 11th, 2009
6:23 pm

There may be some surprises in store at the run=off white folks don’t grandstand they just silently do what they need to do 47% is a high number of folk voting for Mary it ain’t over till its over remember black folks voted for Mary as well and what about Kyle and Jesse’s votes did kasim pander to them or did he feel he has this wraped up! If he came in 2nd after being in 3rd mary may get over 50% instead of 47%! “ya jus neva no!” don’t have the party start too soon yes it does concern me about kasim’s thuggie friends and the company he appears to keep they are not my kinda people and i am a black women!

jimbo

November 11th, 2009
6:44 pm

im really just fed up with how racist 85% of black people in atlanta are. these losers come on here saying its not about race were progressive thinking blacks and bunny ransom is a dying breed. the progressive thinking ones ive met are the worst of all, they are the most racist cause they learn about history in college and want to start black agendas. and that is what kasim is gonna do start a black agenda…its so crystal clear, if kastim becomes mayor in atlanta then its pretty much over, hell atleast get a giant SUV and police protection at his home. even though hes lived in the city for 2 years….yea hes sure got the best interest for the city or maybe for his wallet and his families wallet…disgusting, i cant even look at him without getting sick.

PoliticOracle

November 11th, 2009
6:59 pm

@jimbo

Thanks for telling us all how bad the black community is. We’ve learned something today, blacks are bad except Michael Jordan.

@Don’t Trust Kasim. Your comments “Borders had no choice but to side with Reed. The entire black leadership circle in Atlanta leaned on her and the rest of the senior staff on her campaign. She risked complete political obsolescence if she does not make this move” Suggests that Borders was pressured by blacks to support Kasim because he’s black. It would be good to stop introducing race into these discussions, is all I’m saying.

I listed Reed’s broad support base because its testament to the diversity that he represents.

PoliticOracle

November 11th, 2009
7:04 pm

@Jimbo

You mustn’t have seen Galloway’s post about keeping this debate civil. Leave your bigoted drivel between you and your inbred family. You’re embarrassing good whites everywhere.

jimbo

November 11th, 2009
7:11 pm

@politicoracle what college did you goto morehouse? clark atlanta? morris brown? those arent real colleges they just push you through so you have a degree and can act educated. supporting reed is basically keeping franklin in office…and what has she done nothing, but ud much rather just see a black face in the mayor office, thats hows its been since 73 thats hilarious….i bet you have a poster of lil wayne up on your wall too…such a great role model

jimbo

November 11th, 2009
7:24 pm

just one last comment from me, barack obama is not 100% black, i know a lot of people that voted for reed think he is but hes not hes half white.

Chris

November 11th, 2009
7:31 pm

Is Politicoracle done wiping off the sweat off of Kasim Reed? Is she/he making him dinner tonight? Are you even getting paid like the rest of the posters on here to defend everything in the world Kasim? Do you have a life if you aren’t a paid blogger. I hope you get an endorsement for your good work and your hard sweat that goes with living on this blog and wiping up Kasim Reed’s every sweat drop.

RJ

November 11th, 2009
7:32 pm

I love watching “PoliticOracle” use big words he doesn’t understand (and cannot spell).

PoliticOracle

November 11th, 2009
7:55 pm

@RJ

Are my big words (don’t use many) too hard for you to understand? I’m actually a good speller with a strong diction. When I’m posting I free-type. Do you know what that is? Its kinda like texting.

Again, stop distracting from the subject matter. Can you refute my claims? Probably not, Are you a Norwood supporter? If so, talk up your candidate. That’s what these threads are for.

@jimbo

You’re probably assuming I’m black, and you know what assuming does. Don’t worry about my institution of higher learning. Doesn’t matter if I went to Harvard, Emory, UGA, Spelman, Morehouse or Tech. My claims are factual and I am against Norwood for Mayor.

Also, here’s a little tidbit of information on those black schools you’re trying to bash. Spelman consistently ranks high among small liberal arts colleges and Morehouse produced Rhodes scholars in 2002 and 2004.

If you must know, I’m partial to Emory. Nice try trying to figure out my race. Again, it is unimportant. It doesn’t make one person or candidate better than the other. Its irrelevant to the conversation. SO FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN STOP IT!!

Teela

November 11th, 2009
8:07 pm

You all lay off PoliticOracle. He’s reforming…the froth is gone. He’s being rational.

EXCEPT: This issue of Bunnie J.Ransom is not a ‘dying breed’. Oh God, how I wish it were so.

For a lot of years, I hear the racism of some of our elected (and not.Just the inner circle, the lieutenants) of rank and disgusting racism here in Atlanta. Sometimes they say (and I am talking about ELECTED officials) things like whites aren’t in the room…. And not exactly sotto voci. I spelled that wrong, but I meant “soft voice”….You get the meaning.

In part, it comes from their deep fear of gentrification. After decades of not seeing whites in ‘their’ neighborhoods…they are uneasy. Things are upset. Business isn’t as usual.

And about those neighborhoods….I am just old enough to know that these were WHITE neighborhoods before blacks came in. But the point is this, right? We share. It’s a multi-cultural neighborhood….except when it isn’t.

I WISH the breed of Bunnie J. Ransom was over, extinct, but it’s not. It’s very much alive and well in Atlanta. Do you remember the 11th hour radio ad of Franklin/Lewis/Young??? Why are people so….forgetful??? IF a white person made that ad, it would be a shot heard around the world.

No one here will answer that. I didn’t think so. Except for excuses.

As for these political endorsements??? Ahhhhh….I have to think further on that one, P.O.

I guess because I’m not red or blue….but can think for myself…not after a party fashion…that I would have to admit that anything goes right now.

And Goodness….Bless you. I’m concerned too, about Reed’s thuggy friends. Something to watch.

And for all that shut up jimbo. Thank you. That stuff has no place on this board.