Some significant messages are zipping around Atlanta, trying to penetrate the tryptophan haze that’s about to descend on the mayoral race.
The first concerns gay marriage and Mary Norwood. The second is an avalanche of videotaped endorsements about to appear on former mayor Andrew Young’s Facebook page.
A third is from state Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta), he of the sign-stealing video.
Douglas Brooks is an Atlanta attorney, parent of two, and member of the gay community, upset at the state Democratic Party’s opposition to Mary Norwood, an advocate of marriage equality.
Georgia Equality, the state’s largest gay rights organization, has declared its neutrality in the contest. The state Democratic party, by declaring Norwood a Republican, has all but endorsed Kasim Reed – who favors civil unions, but can’t take that one step further toward gay marriage.
Atlanta’s Stonewall Democrats have also endorsed Reed.
Read Brooks’ entire message of frustration here, but these are a few paragraphs of a flyer circulating in the the Sixth District, where a council position is still at stake:
Kasim Reed’s anti-marriage equality position is not only an insult to the thousands of tax-paying gay and lesbian Atlantans, his position represents a step backwards for a city which is currently led by Shirley Franklin, who favors marriage equality. Like many of you, we are disappointed in this year’s race, and not just for Senator Reed’s position, the party’s intervention, and the lock step support from party faithful.
The Democratic Party of Georgia asks gays and lesbians to compromise on marriage equality in voting for Reed this year, while doing nothing elsewhere to improve the discriminatory treatment we feel from state government. No member of the Democratic caucus has introduced legislation to repeal the 2004 anti-marriage equality amendment; nor to create a parallel structure of civil unions, nor domestic partnerships, nor any other advance.
Is it any wonder gays and lesbians are – for the first time in memory – ignoring the party’s candidate endorsement to support the pro marriage equality, Mary Norwood?
Andy Young was one of Kasim Reed’s earliest supporters, and has stepped into social media in a large way on behalf of the younger man.
Young’s office sent, on Tuesday evening, a polished video that’s about to appear on the former U.N. ambassador’s Facebook page. It has the look of material likely to become part of a TV ad in the final days. See it here:
You’ll remember that Reed broke through the clutter of the Nov. 3 round of voting by declaring himself the only true Democrat in the contest.
But this video aims at undercutting Norwood’s support in Buckhead. It begins and ends with an endorsement from state Rep. Joe Wilkinson, a Republican from Sandy Springs.
Other figures in the video: Home run king Henry Aaron, former Gov. Roy Barnes, and Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Finally, on his Facebook page, state Rep. Ralph Long has published a substantial defense of his video of a man removing Norwood signs from Martin Luther King Drive.
WXIA ran the video, which Long says shows a field office for Kasim Reed paying the man for the signs. The Rev. Mitzi Bickers says the man told Reed campaigners that Long paid him.
I am saddened that a Pastor, a Reverend who we all know uses her Church resources for political activities, would blatantly lie on television and to the people of Atlanta. She knows that she and her hired guns have been taking down Mary Norwood signs and intimidating and harassing Mary Norwood supporters, including myself, throughout this campaign.
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