The crazy season has arrived a few days early.
State Rep. Ralph Long of Atlanta, the only elected official now supporting mayoral candidate Mary Norwood, has handed to WXIA a video recording that he says shows someone removing Norwood yard signs – then handing them to a Kasim Reed field office for what appears to be payment.
Long told the TV station that his car was pounded on and he was chased by another vehicle after the African-American lawmaker, armed with a video camera, showed himself to Reed supporters
Here’s the teaser to its 6 p.m. broadcast offered by the TV station.
Long isn’t identified on the video by name, but the WXIA web site does make use of his name. The signs were allegedly removed at the Adamsville natatorium on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, an early voting location. Long allegedly followed the man removing the sign to a shopping center at Linhurst and MLK.
Paul Crawley says that, afterwards, a “shaken” Long came straight to the TV station.
“And frankly, he’s worried about his safety at this point,” Crawley says.
On Saturday, in a debate televised by WAGA-TV, Norwood said she had called Atlanta police, “just to make sure that they are riding through neighborhoods where Mary Norwood signs are, because there are people who have been very concerned.”
Reed, in turn, said his yard signs were being filched, too. “My campaign has 6,000 addresses with yard signs in them. Yard signs for Kasim Reed have been removed citywide as well,” he said.
We’ve got a call into Reed’s campaign.
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