Your morning jolt: Ralph Long and his lonely endorsement of Mary Norwood

Somewhere in the vast darkness of a Wednesday night, on the heels of last week’s Atlanta’s race for mayor, the loneliness of his situation forced Ralph Long III to open his eyes.

The first-term state lawmaker, whose district eats up much of southwest Atlanta, is the only elected official who has endorsed Councilwoman Mary Norwood for mayor. Not just the only African-American elected official. The only elected official of any stripe or complexion.

“My father often told me that leadership was lonely, but wow,” Long tapped out in a long, pre-dawn missive that — after a little editing from his lawyer wife — was posted on his Facebook page. “Forty-six percent of Atlanta could not possibly be wrong. Why won’t other politicians follow the lead of their constituents?” he wondered on his keyboard.

“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.”

While she finished first in last week’s voting, Norwood hasn’t done so well in the endorsement department. On Wednesday, Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders — yet another elected official — endorsed former state senator Kasim Reed in the Dec. 1 runoff. Former Gov. Roy Barnes, while not currently a public servant, will follow suit today.

Norwood supporters say that the failure of metro Atlanta’s political community to back the eight-year councilwoman is a badge of honor — proof of her status as an outsider with no vested interests in City Hall.

Others, including many of Atlanta business leaders, wonder whether a mayor without an alliance of internal support can engineer the kind of change the city truly needs.

Cut and pasted, Long’s Facebook letter of frustration became the foundation of a weekend Internet conversation conducted among Atlanta’s African-American political class. It was capped by a note from Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, ex-wife of the late mayor Maynard Jackson and a supporter of Reed.

“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 [woman] will do something for them,” Jackson-Ransom wrote shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday.

Our own efforts to reach Jackson-Ransom have been unsuccessful. But Maynard Eaton, a longtime Atlanta journalist and political strategist, said Jackson-Ransom expressed regrets to him for her remarks, which she attributed to “early- morning emotions.” (Eaton, in addition to being executive director of Newsmakers Live, also served as a spokesman for former mayoral candidate Jesse Spikes.)

Though Reed campaigners declined comment, it is fair to say that this is not a direction they wanted conversation in the mayoral runoff to take. An overt discussion of race benefits neither Reed nor Norwood.

Long, of course, was stung by Jackson-Ransom’s comment. “Bamboozled,” he said, is a loaded phrase. Spike Lee used it as the title of one of his most caustic films.

Long endorsed Norwood in September. Many black elected officials no longer take his phone calls. At one forum, a woman accused him of running away from his “blackness.”

“I had to sit there. I had to be a statesman,” said Long, 33, a residential real estate broker.

But underneath the allusions to race, whether misplaced or not, is a worthwhile discussion of where the benefits from Atlanta’s (now curtailed) economic boom have landed.

“My house is in Sylvan Hills. I’m parallel-parked between two murders in the last three months,” Long said. “An execution-style murder on the corner of Langston and Carnes avenues. That didn’t make the news. And the young man who was shot 31 times in his vehicle. I even had another young lady who got shot in the face — it took her seven months to die — at an illegal club that was on Murphy Avenue.”

Development stops at the edge of Long’s district. Restaurants are rare, and grocery stores limit their stock. A fresh cucumber requires a seven-mile drive.

“My neighborhood has been bamboozled,” he said.

It should be noted that this isn’t the first time that Long has found himself at odds with Atlanta’s political establishment. He backed Robb Pitts against Shirley Franklin in the 2001 mayor’s race.

One senses the same flavor of southwest Atlanta rebellion in Long’s choice this year. “I’ve never been part of the get-along gang. My area’s already been ostracized,” he said.

Long, who includes his cell phone number on his campaign material, is all about access. He knows Norwood. She returned his phone calls. He’s seen her in his neighborhood.

Reed and Borders were less eager to discuss his concerns, which included a “home-grown” police chief, Long said.

Without adequate attention from City Hall, the symbolic nature of the office loses its importance, the lawmaker said. “We have a black president now. It’s not a mile-marker any more to have a black mayor.”

While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:

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    57 comments Add your comment

    Mary

    November 12th, 2009
    7:13 am

    Ralph Long is young and has made a very big mistake by selling his vote to Mary Norwood. I know he’s unemployed and times are hard, but you have to maintain your integrity at all times.

    Key

    November 12th, 2009
    7:15 am

    The fact that Norwood has to depend on the endorsement of someone who’s so inexperienced and has accomplished nothing for in his short time under the Golden Dome is sad. He’s the black face (pun intended) of her campaign, but doesn’t have credibility in any circle.

    Interested Citizen

    November 12th, 2009
    7:19 am

    The fact that many people no longer take Long’s phone calls has nothing to do with him endorsing a white candidate. It has everything to do with him allowing an incompetent politician to buy his vote so cheaply and at the expense of the city (in more ways than one). I have absolutely not respect for Ralph Long.

    Teddy

    November 12th, 2009
    7:23 am

    As a white male, I can honestly say that I don’t think Ralph Long being shunned has anything to do with race. Looking at Norwood’s record or lack thereof, it’s hard to believe that Mr. Long isn’t simply being an opportunist. Especially, after Norwood having been exposed for paying off two other black politicians (Able Mable and Glenn Thomas)

    http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/2009/11/02/able-mable-pockets-1500-from-norwood/

    http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/borders-charges-former-rival-177008.html

    Angry Taxpayer

    November 12th, 2009
    7:32 am

    The accusations as well as the implied intimidation expressed in these blogs is stunning. It is no wonder that the City of Atlanta is nearly $9 billion in debt and no discussion of our financial situation created by the political machinery of Atlanta is taking place. Driving through sections of South Atlanta yesterday, it is a wonder that people would put up with the lack of code enforcement and lawlessness. Driving by a pawn shop on Jonesboro Road, I saw what appeared to be an owner or security gaurd carrying an M-16. Yet the bloggers focus on intimidation. Do you really think anything will change under a Reed Administration – is it not just 4 more years. Yet your self interest is so overwhelms your sense of community – that intimidation and accusations of others is all you have.

    It is clear from the respondents, several of which are probably paid staff, that there is no boundary for tact. Clearly, this is the kind of campaign we can expect from Reed supporters and the people will ultimately respond. The days of intimidation are over.

    Nathan

    November 12th, 2009
    7:53 am

    @Mary- The article says that Ralph Long is a real estate broker (in addition to serving in the Legislature). So am I, and quite good at it. How does that equal “unemployed?”

    @Interested Citizen – You know that Long gave money to Mary’s campaign. No matter how many times you tell a lie, it doesn’t make it the truth.

    How is it not opportunistic for Reps. Rashad Taylor and Stacey Abrams to make $6,000 and $9,000 a month, respectively, working for Reed and Borders’ campaigns?

    Confused with Norwood Supporters

    November 12th, 2009
    8:03 am

    Mary voted against ending the furloughs. She’s been there at City Hall for 8 years with NOTHING to show for it.

    Any logical person can see through her actions.

    The reason no elected official will get behind her is not about color of skin but the content of her character.

    Whites are voting for her because she’s white… Blacks are voting for her because they know her. The rest of the informed voters are voting for the person who is best equipped to handle the economy of Atlanta and set the tone of the city.

    The lowly state senetor had garnered support from lawmakers because he had worked with them. He’s raised money because people believe in his abilities.

    At the end of the day, people have their reasons to support their candidate. It seems that the norwood supporters don’t have a good one because they seem to be focusing on Reed instead of speaking about what she has done (nothing)

    shelley

    November 12th, 2009
    8:07 am

    Ralph is closer to my views politically then most. I look forward to him supporting the many good republicans running statewide in 2010. But this was not the race to show you are against the Democratic machine. However the pictures are great (sad) but if mary has been in office for 8 years, how is it that she will be different? Becasue she returned a call? Come on Ralph you are smarter than that.

    Kudos

    November 12th, 2009
    8:07 am

    Kudos to Mr. Long, I am not positive who I am voting for, as a black man though, I’m not going to be bamboozled by my own people just to vote for the black person just because. There are two many things going wrong in my neighborhood (and not just recently, but for years) that I see change not in terms of a white mayor vs a black mayor, but in terms of cleaning the garbage and same people out of city hall. It disgusts me that just because someone endorses Norwood of a different color, they automatically bought her vote. Where are the people yelling that Jim Martin and Roy Barnes were paid for their endorsements. I’m sick and tired of all this same stuff going on in politics (this is in essence why Norwood got 46% because folks want change (not a white/black mayor) but change. I think Long is good for standing up for what/who he believes in. Us black people always try and bully each other into being on the same side because some ‘leader’ says that’s the right thing to do. We always fall for the same crap. Ralph Long, hold your ground and do the best you can for your candidate, if she wins, I’m sure you’ll be getting a lot of calls. If she loses, then you will be able to walk proud.

    Confused with Norwood Supporters

    November 12th, 2009
    8:14 am

    People are accusing Norwood for paying for support because she has no merit or record to stand on.

    8 years in City Hall and she was no maverick. She made the situation worse by holding a seat and doing nothing.

    Mary

    November 12th, 2009
    8:16 am

    @Nathan – a lot of unemployed people claim to be in real estate. Believe me…Ralph is unemployed. Not to mention Ralph has passed ZERO legislation…Zero!

    Same Politics

    November 12th, 2009
    8:18 am

    Very true…Ralph has passed ZERO legislation.

    dgroy

    November 12th, 2009
    8:19 am

    WOW…….I don’t ever want to see another Black Person use the Race Card. These people have to be the most blatant Racists ever. Buckhead, if this election goes the way of the past thirty five years, your efforts to form your own city should intensify; if not, you’re gonna be pulled down and stomped on. Downtown Atlanta will be another Detroit, rusting away under unmanageable debt, skyrocketing taxes and administrative nightmares. Please, please, start working now……

    Teela

    November 12th, 2009
    8:21 am

    @Angry Taxpayer. Well, you say a mouthful…and in my experience, it’s truthful.

    To be accused of ‘running from your blackness” is pure racial intimidation. Ralph Long is taking the high road, regardless the slings and arrows of some Black people.

    This election has shown my family and many in my community just how racist certain Black people are…hell, how racist so many Black people are in Atlanta.

    It is really disheartening.

    But you can bend all these stats and ‘endorsements’ any way you want. More years of the corruption of the Jackson/Campbell/Franklin machine will gutterize Atlanta more on the national scene.

    It’s not about race….it’s about integrity and character. Reed is far lacking in this…those Norwood campaign signs in the back of the SUV of his staffer speaks very loud.

    “How is it not opportunistic for Reps. Rashad Taylor and Stacey Abrams to make $6,000 and $9,000 a month, respectively, working for Reed and Borders’ campaigns?”

    If this is true….it’s just more ‘gravy train’ of these boobs rolling along. And won’t stop. This is the preview of the corruption we are sure to see more of. If it’s true.

    Mary and her chicken wings sounds small potatoes next to this stuff.

    Angus

    November 12th, 2009
    8:29 am

    Norwood’s vote was not to not end furloughs – it was against a tax increase. And Norwood will never threaten your safety for a tax increase.

    Giving the COA more tax dollars is the equivalent of giving a crackhead more crack. The COA needs rehab.

    Helen

    November 12th, 2009
    8:40 am

    I am insulted that Maynard Jackson’s ex-wife called Mary Norwood “moderately” educated. She graduated from Emory University. I know…I graduated at the same time from Emory. And furthermore, she had a very high GPA. Since Emory is one of Atlanta’s shining stars, I would think that all Atlantans would be insulted to hear Emory called a “moderate education”. It just proves the point that Mrs. Norwood’s opponents will say ANTHING to discredit her. It is so easy to speak a lie and then say you said it by mistake. I would call that a calculated mistake. Shame on you!!!

    Gerald Ball

    November 12th, 2009
    8:53 am

    Teela:

    What is your evidence that Reed lacks integrity and character?

    We already have evidence that Mary Norwood lacks those, which is her dishonesty about being a Republican. She attends the GOP convention, voted for the GOP for years, but then when she decides that she wants a political career in a heavily Democratic city, she calls herself “independent” and “nonpartisan.”

    Look, people who accuse Kasim Reed of being incompetent or corrupt need to say why. It really looks to me like “incompetent” and “corrupt” are just code words for black. Especially with this “Atlanta is the next Detroit” nonsense, more racial code words. Economists, demographers, and political scientists could spend HOURS describing the difference between Atlanta and Detroit. And Atlanta is facing financial problems? Excuse me, but so is the entire state. Or haven’t you heard about the massive job losses that have occured in Georgia under the Perdue administration …. major companies leaving, other companies severely cutting back, base closings etc. Tons of longtime Atlanta companies plus others that opened during the dot.com boom have either shut down, been acquired by out of state companies, or left the state. But all that was because Atlanta has black mayors, right?

    Look, if you support Mary Norwood, fine. If you want change, fine. But don’t peddle the nonsense that Norwood is more competent or more honest just because she is white, because it is a racist lie. Look at how corrupt and dishonest Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were. Or in our own state, there is a long string of governors, including “land deal” Sonny Perdue and “pay off my biggest contributors by building a bunch of highways that we don’t need” Roy Barnes, plus back in the day when those guys were REALLY corrupt before sunshine laws and better media coverage forced it to stop.

    Perhaps the best example that people aren’t more competent just because they are white: Hurricane Katrina. Who was the director of FEMA? Mike Brown, a political payoff hire by George Bush, and a fellow who had absolutely no experience in administration or disaster preparation. And the governor of Louisiana? Mary Landrieu. When the crisis hit, she was absolutely paralyzed, unable to make a decision, except of course refusing to coordinate with the Bush administration because she didn’t want Bush to grandstand and hog all the credit. She became a nervous wreck, and Russell Honore (a black man) had to A) tell her to get herself together, stop crying and get on TV so that the citizens and disaster workers would have confidence and B) he had to organize and coordinate the situation. Had Honore not come in and taken over (both from Landrieu but also from New Orleans’ similarly feckless mayor Ray Nagin) there is no telling how many more lives would have been lost.

    So Norwood supporters, come up with more reasons to support your candidate other than “black means corrupt and incompetent and white means honest and able.”

    Bert

    November 12th, 2009
    9:01 am

    Does Mary Norwood know any white people?????

    Has anyone noticed that only black people appear with her in photos opts and commercials?

    Isn’t it interesting that she’s always hugging black folks, but is never even SEEN with white people.

    Ralph long and Mary’s other black supporters are paid pawns.

    This criticism of Mary’s black supporters IS NOT about their decision to back a white candidate. It is about their choice to back someone that is so highly UN-INTELLIGENT AND UN-ACCOMPLISHED.

    The only thing that Ralph and Mary have in common is their “do nothing” records in office, which for both, will thankfully end very soon.

    Check the Facts

    November 12th, 2009
    9:01 am

    Hmmm… I heard that Ralph Long’s aunt attended Lisa Borders’s endorsement of Kasim Reed yesterday… Interesting.

    Check the Facts

    November 12th, 2009
    9:13 am

    “…Norwood supporters say that the failure of metro Atlanta’s political community to back the eight-year councilwoman is a badge of honor — proof of her status as an outsider with no vested interests in City Hall…”

    No vested interests in City Hall?!?! How is she an OUTSIDER when she was on City Council for 8 YEARS!??! The fact that she is trying to champion this line of thinking, AND the fact that she is trying to position herself as a candidate of “change” is just mind-boggling to me… How did City Hall lose $100 million of Taxpayer money when SHE WAS A SITTING MEMBER OF CITY COUNCIL — FOR 8 YEARS?!??!

    Jackalope

    November 12th, 2009
    9:22 am

    CheckTheFacts: She was one of 15 members. That means she has 1/15th the Institutional power of the Mayor. Oh yea, and she kicked everyone’s campaigning @ss so far. LULZ.

    Angus

    November 12th, 2009
    9:46 am

    Jackalope – you’re being kind to the city council. You’d be hard-pressed to find a city the size of Atlanta that has a weaker city council. City council members can get you garbage collection when you’ve been skipped two weeks in a row – not much else.

    The Mayor’s office rules Atlanta (and the airport rules the Mayor’s office, but that’s a different discussion).

    When our inept accounting finally bit us in the rear and our CFO vanished into thin air, the Mayor used public safety as a pawn to shove a tax increase down your throat – the city council was powerless to stop her.

    Check the Facts

    November 12th, 2009
    9:47 am

    Jackalope: Your proving my point for me. She’s a part of the institution that caused the problem. What legislation did she champion? What initiatives did she push through?

    What did she do to address the pension issue – other than voting in favor of it? The pension issue, which has been written about by the AJC, is one of the biggest problems that was created by the Administration. A $100 million + problem… Reed sponsored legislation — THIS SESSION — to help improve the performance of pensions that were overweighted in bonds. WHAT HAS MARY DONE?!?

    What committees did she chair? Which council-members are backing her? They were her colleagues for 8 years, but they aren’t publicly endorsing her? Why is that?

    back

    November 12th, 2009
    9:49 am

    ChecktheFacts: I heard President Obama is flying in to endorse Kasim Reed on top of the moon. You people say the dumbest stuff.

    MC W

    November 12th, 2009
    10:05 am

    @Checkthefacts

    As far as I know Mary has done nothing regarding the pension plan. This I will concede; I am no campaign staffer, and I am indeed disappointed some of the chances missed by her these past years. She did, however, vote against ending public safety furloughs, as that proposal actually ended furloughs for every city employee; in my mind that more than makes up for it.

    La-sha

    November 12th, 2009
    10:21 am

    Kasim Reed sure is cute but did he pick Chief Pennington?

    White Native Atlantan Male

    November 12th, 2009
    10:26 am

    I live in the City of Atlanta and will be voting in the mayoral election on December 1. I’ve lived in the city of Atlanta for over four decades. I have a family. I pay my taxes on time. However, if I can sell my house in the next few months, I will no longer live in the City of Atlanta–I will move outside of the city. Why? Skyrocketing water bills, crime, increasing & uncontrolled traffic, skyrocketing property taxes, lack of leadership in Atlanta, political bickering in Atlanta politics. Atlanta needs change–or it will turn into just another cash cow for the current political dynasty.

    Tedr@

    November 12th, 2009
    10:27 am

    The momentum swinging Kasim’s way is to staggering for Norwood to overcome, much like the non work she’s done the past 8 years on city council to overcome someone like Kasim with actuall proven legislative and political results.

    Teela

    November 12th, 2009
    10:29 am

    Geez, where to start here: I just won’t answer some crap that I didn’t say, didn’t write and don’t believe…

    BUT! I did call Ralph Long this am and had a good talk with the fellow. He’s young (I’m not) but he is a man with integrity. He must be to weather the crap that has been thrown at him.

    Look, I don’t answer to anyone here: I live in SW Atlanta and have for 40 years. I know the conditions. I know the responses by public officials to our crime and quality of life issues.

    So does Ralph Long because he lives here. He knows first hand the issues that Atlanta faces. And further..

    I asked him about this $9,000 and $6,000 MONTHLY income by Taylor and Abrams (Reed campaign) and he said that he’s been knowing this for quite a time.

    $9,000 and $6,000 A MONTH????

    King Rat can endorse Reed all he wants…and I am NOT impressed with any of the other endorsers of Reed….and that goes for Nan Orrock, etc…all the white folk you trot out here in support of Reed.

    Now….Zell Miller is more interesting….THAT would be worthy of a deeper look.

    I’ll just keep my vote and support for Norwood. She’s been through and with our neighborhood here for years. We DO get results from her when we don’t with our own councilperson. Blah.

    You may bite your thumb at Mary’s response to our calls, but when we get her and we can’t get a response from the other, well…what do you think this says to us in SW Atlanta???

    Mary is not part of the Franklin/Campbell/Jackson etc. machine. Reed is , poor young man….a continuation of this. Why should we continue the misery???

    and I don’t give a hot damn whether she has voted Republican, Democrat or Independent.

    I have, too. I don’t march lockstep with any party. Georgia’s politics will do that to you. I can think for myself.

    Teela

    Oh Intown Writer...

    November 12th, 2009
    10:56 am

    As a nice white female who’s on no one’s political staff, who lives in a nice white part of town, who has a nice white Council person -
    I’ve gotten better response and support from Norwood’s staff than that of my District Council nitwit.
    Lots of white folks in nice parts of town personally know Norwood, and are voting for her, many of whom happen to fall into that horrid category of “screaming liberal.”
    The power in Atlanta resides in the mayor’s seat, not Council (they’re pretty much just the fix-it staff, unless they’re on the Mayor’s Nod Squad – see, there’s even a name for ‘em).
    K.Reed is the heir apparent to the Shirley Machine – after 8 yrs, done had enuf.
    Gettin’ that blue sign soon…

    SW Atlanta Resident

    November 12th, 2009
    10:59 am

    I’m confused as to why Ralph Long wrote that letter pleading for other elected officials to support Norwood and for other “politicians follow the lead of their constituents?”. It seems like he feels lonely on the island. In this case elected officials don’t need to follow the lead of their constituents, this is not an super-delegate stituation. They will need to follow that lead if and when Norwood wins and begins the task of implementing the sweeping changes her platform is built on. The citizens of Atlanta will decide this race at the end of the day. He seemed confident in a Norwood vitory as he stood behind her on election night and he echoed that by saying 46% of the city cannot be wrong. I am also interested in who he blames the state of anarchy on. While those problems are real is he blaming Reed? If so is Norwood not responsible as a two term council member? Is Reed responsible because he is affiliated with Franklin?

    I don’t agree with any of the race related issue thrown his way but I’m confused at why he seems to have a need to as for back-up on his decision.

    Reed Rules

    November 12th, 2009
    11:03 am

    Norwood’s history—she doesn’t have a chance! Reed is the man and will win this runoff easy—mark it down. Kasim will bring home the bacon back to the African-American community in Atlanta!!!!!

    NewDayAtl

    November 12th, 2009
    11:05 am

    Let me get this right:

    Kaseem Reed has the “backing” of Borders, Martin, and Barnes.

    Didn’t they ALL lose elections or re-elections? So some of you think those are meaningful endorsements? LOL ! Who will endorse Reed next – Cynthia McKinney?

    I hate to state the obvious, folks…but there’s a reason those politicians were either ousted or defeated in elections. They are on the WRONG side of the issues !

    By the way…..some of us are still waiting on that “denouncement” by Reed pertaining to those racist comments by Bunnie Jackson.

    We need CHANGE in this city from top to bottom, and we need it desperatly …

    Mary Norwood has my VOTE !

    Teela

    November 12th, 2009
    11:29 am

    @NewDay Atl:

    Yeap, me, too. Waiting on Reed to denounce Bunnie Jackson-Ransom’s racist comments.

    But don’t hold your breath. Any man who takes Norwood signs…or allows Norwood signs to be taken from private property….is corrupt already.

    We saw the pix, etc.

    Reed hasn’t answered my ’stand and deliver’ email of days ago, either. I guess he’s just waiting for the clamor to die down…Like Joyce Shepard: Who was supposed to give back $8,000.00 in contributions months ago…said she would…and hasn’t.

    Playin’ opossum is a political trick well used….

    Business as usual in Atlanta.

    Truth be told

    November 12th, 2009
    11:51 am

    The fact that no black elected official other than Ralph Long will endorse Norwood is just an indication of how much their personal fortunes are tied to the Jackson machine. Face it, you’ve been sold down the river by black elected officials that make deals with big developers for campaign cash and other perks.

    Ralph saw that Norwood was the only elected official in Atlanta that was doing her job for his district and he did the right thing without regard to race.

    The Jackson machine, Reed and Borders included, is about power and privilege for themselves, not solving other peoples problems. The further they can get away from poor blacks, the better they like it.

    They should not be rewarded for their inaction and neglect.

    Mary has earned your vote by working for it. Do the right thing.

    The Snark

    November 12th, 2009
    12:05 pm

    This white boy will be voting for Reed, though he’ll do it with concerns about whether Reed’s abilities match his ambition. I’ve listened carefully to Norwood’s public statements and she just doesn’t seem to have the relevent experience or the skills to manage the city. I’m afraid she would be in over her head on day one.

    Race is big with a lot of folks, but it ain’t everything.

    Change In Atlanta

    November 12th, 2009
    12:13 pm

    That sad how racist is still in Atlanta….Mary Norwood have done nothing for this city…Ask her way she supported to close down 20 recreation center in the poorest neighborhood. Norwood lost my vote and I am going to campaign for Reed… Mary Norwood another Sarah Palin confuse with everything …Norwood is a undercover Republican

    Teela

    November 12th, 2009
    12:13 pm

    Thank you, “Truth Be Told”.

    You speak the truth as I’ve experienced it.

    Thomas Jones

    November 12th, 2009
    12:25 pm

    Ralph Long endorement of Mary Norwood is a disgrace. His political future is toast. Anyone who needs a campaigh contribution can contact me and will help you. This man is a disgrace to all of us. Next he will endorse a Klansman. I did not march for Civil Rights to have an Uncle Tom put us back into Slavery. Live Free of Die!!!!!

    Thomas Jones

    November 12th, 2009
    12:26 pm

    Ralph Long is a digrace to all African-Americans!!!!!

    SynamonSays!

    November 12th, 2009
    12:51 pm

    Bamboozled is the correct description of what happens to so many Blacks…Thank you Bunnie Ransom, I hate that you found an apology necessary, you were right on target. I will say it and no apologies offered.

    Laura

    November 12th, 2009
    1:11 pm

    “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 [woman] will do something for them,”

    So does that mean that I (a white woman) have been bamboozled into voting for a Black person from the who will do nothing for me? The Mayor is supposed to represent the city and all of its constituents.
    I would’ve loved to see Borders win, but Reed is terrible and the direction this race has taken is terrifying. In some ways we’ve never been farther from being “the city to busy to hate.”

    DeKalb voter

    November 12th, 2009
    1:21 pm

    “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 [woman] will do something for them.” – Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, ex-wife of the late mayor Maynard Jackson and a supporter of Kasim Reed.

    I am deeply saddened over this ignorant remark.

    MC W

    November 12th, 2009
    1:34 pm

    “This man is a disgrace to all of us. Next he will endorse a Klansman.”

    I am hardly so paranoid as to believe that you’ve just labeled us white people as Klansmen. You haven’t, have you?

    Long Hates Women

    November 12th, 2009
    2:24 pm

    Ralph Long has failed to mention the vulgar Yahoo profile that he had back in 2002 with his picture and real name on it that disrespected women and so misogynistic I care not to explain it here.

    No Uncle Toms

    November 12th, 2009
    2:57 pm

    Norwood gets her only endorsement from an uncle tom? Very funny. Kasim will unite the African-American community in Atlanta—-all minorities need to vote Kasim!!!!

    ATLTruth

    November 12th, 2009
    3:56 pm

    Why is everyone hating on Rep. Ralph Long? Why must a man get this backlash just because he is speaking his beliefs and convictions. Rep. Long lives in an area that “our” African American leaders use as a dumping ground. Atlanta is the perfect case what is called elitism. It means that there is a core African American elite that is only concerned about their inner circle. The Maynard Jackson/Shirly Franklin/Andrew Young machine is only concerned about there friends and flunkies. Unethical practices exist with the airport and its concessions. Why even Andrew Young’s brother Walter gets a consulting fee from Marta. Do a open records request…I guarantee it. Kasim Reed is nothing but a pawn in this Atlanta Black Elites efforts to protect, keep, and enhance there business interests. Ask Kasim this. What can you do to raise my property value? What plan do you have to increase and generate additional revenue for the city? Is it true your father is a Black Republican? Do you have any children? What is your plan to bring jobs to the city?

    Teela

    November 12th, 2009
    4:10 pm

    I can not believe the level of racism and ignorance from many of these posters.

    Are you so devoid of integrity you think that this crap will hold any moral water???

    You can call decent men “Uncle Toms”, decent women “white bitches”, etc.

    But the rest of us who are so embarrassed by this behavior with move far away from you on the bench.

    Sad.

    I Voted

    November 12th, 2009
    5:04 pm

    Ralph Long, its chess not checkers young blood.

    Where is Mary Norwood

    November 12th, 2009
    7:41 pm

    Where is Mary Norwood she suppose to have a press conference and her own staff does know where she at. I am switching my vote to Kashim Reed