Dominque Wilkins switches to Kasim Reed

My AJC colleague Ernie Suggs sends word that the Human Highlight Film has apparently added flip-flopping to his repertoire of gyrations.

On Thanksgiving evening, during half-time of the Atlanta Hawks – Orlando Magic game, basketball great Dominique Wilkins announced that he was endorsing Kasim Reed for mayor of Atlanta.

That’s fine.

But Wilkins’ endorsement comes less than a month after he recorded a robo-call for Mary Norwood, supporting her for the general election.

“In basketball, you just can’t show up for the game. You have to work very hard every day in practice,” Wilkins said on behalf of Norwood in the 24 second call. “Mary Norwood is someone who has always worked hard for Atlanta and not just on game day. Now it is time for us to help her.”

Listen here.

On Friday, from his hotel room in Philadelphia, where the Hawks are playing the 76ers, Wilkins said that since he recorded the call for Norwood, his political thoughts have changed.

“Mary Norwood is a very nice lady, but Kasim has been a friend of mine for a long time,” said the Hall of Famer, who played more than a decade with the Hawks and who is recognized as the franchise’s greatest player. “He is good people and I think he will make a great leader. He will do a great job of fixing some of the problems we have in Atlanta.”

Wilkins said he was initially unsure of who he was going to support for mayor. He said a friend of his took him to meet Norwood in October and he was impressed. But he said that since that endorsement, and watching the race play out, he decided that Reed was the better choice for him.

“He has the leadership skills that make a great leader,” Wilkins said. “I think he will do a good job in a long line in the good mayors of Atlanta.”

Efforts to reach the Norwood campaign have thus far been unsuccessful. But we’ll add any comments as we get them. Wilkins said he did talk to Norwood before announcing his switch to Reed.

“She understood,” Wilkins said.

It is still unclear who Julius “Dr. J” Erving, who endorsed Lisa Borders in the general election, is supporting in the runoff.

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311 comments Add your comment

Raygunius Delmacio

November 27th, 2009
2:03 pm

Hope Kasim manages the City of Atlanta’s money better than Dominque managed his. Atlanta is a black city and needs a black mayor.

Tom

November 27th, 2009
2:05 pm

OMG

November 27th, 2009
2:06 pm

interesting…. why the flip flop?

Cynthia

November 27th, 2009
2:09 pm

Norwood’s campaign is falling apart…no wonder they’re so desperate.

BlahBlahBlah

November 27th, 2009
2:10 pm

Meanwhile – You STILL haven’t uploaded the mailer Norwood sent out against Reed.

What’s it been? 4 days? But the anti-Norwood mailers were up on your blog within HOURS.

Psalms

November 27th, 2009
2:13 pm

Kasim Reed is a blessed young man and will make a great Mayor.

Jarquaizem Devonta

November 27th, 2009
2:15 pm

Sammy

November 27th, 2009
2:16 pm

After actually speaking to Mary Norwood, Dominique must’ve realized he made a horrible mistake. Most people would do the same if they took the time to see who she really was or wasn’t.

Mike K.

November 27th, 2009
2:16 pm

“Atlanta is a black city and needs a black mayor.”

I’m sure that comes as a surprise to its white and non-black minority constituents.

The Late Maynord Jackson

November 27th, 2009
2:17 pm

Kasim Reed will be a great mayor. He has the Jackson Machine’s best interest at heart.. VOTE Kasim Reed EARLY & OFTEN…

T-Steel

November 27th, 2009
2:17 pm

How does this mean Norwood’s campaign is falling apart? What I see is a “coalescing” of black power players/brokers in Atlanta around the black candidate Kasim Reed. Even though I don’t live in Atlanta, I am hardly surprised at this. I’m originally from Detroit, MI (lived in Metro Atlanta for the past 9 years) but this happened in Detroit all the time when it looked like a non-black had some momentum. The black political machine would ramp up and PRESTO, the non-black candidate will start losing black endorsements. It’s a time honored ploy that black, white, and latino politicians have used when they have the numbers. Not surprised at all.

Raygunius Delmacio

November 27th, 2009
2:21 pm

Mike K….what that meen?

Just another thief...

November 27th, 2009
2:21 pm

Razor

November 27th, 2009
2:21 pm

What do Adam Lambert and Kasim Reed have in common?

They both can put on one heck of a crotch dance.

ATLResident

November 27th, 2009
2:23 pm

Watch the commercials for Reed and Norwood. She is walking around the streets with old black folks, while Reed is sitting and talking with old white folks. Tell me this campaign isnt about race..

C-ya

November 27th, 2009
2:24 pm

OK – as an employed white resident of the city who’s sick and tired of the corruption, sweetheart deals and theft that happens at city hall, I say go ahead, elect the thug Kasim. I (and many of my fellow taxpayers) are leaving – enough is enough. Maynard-Bill-Shirley-Kasim – nothing but more and more corruption. It’s clear you don’t want white people living in your city – fine – you can have it.

Chaos

November 27th, 2009
2:30 pm

One can only imagine how bad things are at the Reed camp now, with the people who are disgusted with the strong arm tactics of the more militant members of the Reed staff.

The fear that Reed is losing grassroot support among people who are completely turned off by his campaign tactics can’t be making for happy times in his camp.

It looks like Reed is putting all of his eggs in the endorsement blanket as an open admission that Reed is simply not getting it done when it relates to his dealings with the average voter in Atlanta.

N-quisitive

November 27th, 2009
2:34 pm

C-ya, If the white residents leave who will pay the taxes????

Southwest Atlanta

November 27th, 2009
2:36 pm

We are a family that lived in the forgotton side of the city – Southwest Atlanta on Campbellton Road. Kasim Reed did not once come in to my neighborhood to see what my needs were but Mary Norwood did. Trash litters the streets, gunshots litter the sky but yet we keep electing a mayor that gladhands to the black elite in this city. Unfortunately we will continue to end up in the same situation over and over…if you keep on the same thing and getting the same response and clearly you need change it’s time you changed it up to get a different response.

It’s unfortunate that “black” Atlanta can’t see beyond the color of someone’s skin and feel that “black” Atlanta has to band together to elect a black mayor not the best canidate. Kasim Reed is part of the same old same old that has keep Atlanta late to every party…but some of Atlanta doesn’t care because it’s fashionable to be late…it just doesn’t work for our family anymore – we have left the egotistical political machine that makes up Atlanta. Atlanta will be stuck in the same grind till they stand back and take a fresh look, not follow the crowd.

Atlanta rez

November 27th, 2009
2:38 pm

I think people are starting to realize that Mary will not be a good leader for this City. We are not a small town, this is Atlanta and big moves and deals happen. We need someone who can cut through the mustard and Mary is still stuck in the peanut butter. She is no good for as a Mayor. She is best as a community rep or NPU leader-not Mayor. Seriously, all bull crapp aside. Kasim Reed and Clair Muller is best for Atlanta. No creeps like Ceasar and Mary who are fined for using taxpayers money on their family members!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wow

November 27th, 2009
2:41 pm

What is Chaos talking about?! Every time I have been around the Kasim campaign, there are more and more new people asking how they can help!

Of course Wilkins changed his mind once he learned about the candidates! Reed is the only one with a record of doing anything other than visiting people and having tea or a bite to eat. And it is a very compelling record. Mary has done nothing for any corner of this city. All she has done with her time and money as a council person is run for mayor. That’s a big 8-year waste of my considerable tax dollars, if you ask me!

BlahBlahBlah

November 27th, 2009
2:44 pm

This is a prime example of someone being PRESSURED to do something they don’t want to do. It’s sickening.

Falling apart

November 27th, 2009
2:46 pm

Is the Reed camp so worried about the infighting among staff coming out that they have taken to the blogs to try to limit the damage?

You're a pig Jim

November 27th, 2009
2:47 pm

Jim it’s clear you’re a Reed supporter. I ‘Reed’ your posts and saw you at the debate. You’re nothing but a big fat big who’s sucking at Reed’s teet.

Dominique embarrasses himself

November 27th, 2009
2:53 pm

If Dominique had any business acumen at all, he would have had his endorsement flip-flop sponsored by the Waffle House.

The endorsement has already proven to be an embarrassment for the Reed campaign, which failed to thoroughly vet his statement, which led to the following debacle that spilled out of Dominique’s mouth.

“He has the leadership skills that make a great leader,” Wilkins said. “I think he will do a good job in a long line in the good mayors of Atlanta.”

Now the Reed camp has got to figure out a way to undo the damage caused by Dominique tying Reed in the voters’ minds to the likes of Bill Campbell.

Not a good day for the Reed campaign, to say the least.

BlahBlahBlah

November 27th, 2009
2:56 pm

Wilkins is a liar – inside scoop is that he never actually spoke to Mary and told her he was flip flopping. He’s a coward.

Disaster for Reed

November 27th, 2009
3:03 pm

Wilkins’ endorsement has become yet another disaster in a series of recent disasters by the Reed campaign. Not only has Wilkins been ridiculed for his flip-flopping, he made it even worse by implying Reed will be a good mayor, just like Bill Campbell was!

No word yet as to if the Reed camp will release a statement to minimize the damage.

zanesmith's teeth

November 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

That’s all well and good, but who did Spud Webb endorse???

Dominique

November 27th, 2009
3:10 pm

Bill Campbell was a great mayor, we together partied in the VIP lounge of my club many times. My good friend, Kasim Reed, will be just as good as Bill Campbell.

New product launch

November 27th, 2009
3:15 pm

The Under a Dollar store is pleased to announce the addition of the Dominique Wilkins flip-flop to its footwear line.

It’s being marketing with the tag line; It’s Worthless, And It Last Less Than A Month.

Early reports indicate Atlanta area consumers aren’t buying it.

Keith

November 27th, 2009
3:26 pm

What a joke! Dominique lost his black street cred and had to get it back.

Dick Whitman

November 27th, 2009
3:27 pm

Same old garbage again and again…. Nothing will ever change now .. Atlanta’s future in NOT

Dick Duke

November 27th, 2009
3:28 pm

I also wish to endorse Mr Reed.

Lee

November 27th, 2009
3:31 pm

I have lost all respect for Wilkins …. this stinks.

DOTTIE

November 27th, 2009
3:32 pm

k. reed is a black,evil thug associated with some of the top criminals from as far north as DC and south as FL…I know them…they are threatening people in the community…e-mailing people to voluteer for $10.00 an hour…the money being paid out is coming from these criminals who have a hold on k. reed… and if he wins k.reed has to follow these criminals orders in running the city…who do you think allowed s. franklin’s daughter to skip jail time…they are all in this together…atlanta is about to become a city run by big city criminals… he can go to jail right now…we got the goods on him; he will be shocked k. reed is really not smart enough to cut the deals s. franklin cut

How it's playing out

November 27th, 2009
3:33 pm

It will be interesting to see how the Reed camp plays this out, now that this endorsement has blown up in their faces by Dominique equating Reed in the voters’ minds to Bill Campbell.

Will the Reed camp be able to distance themselves away from Dominique’s statements, without looking like they are distancing themselves from Dominique?

drsoul

November 27th, 2009
3:43 pm

Kasim ‘Baby Bill Campbell’ Reed…watch out for people who vote for this man as they are supreme supporters of crime, thievery of your city money, coverup, corruption, bad neighborhoods…etc. they are greedy for themselves only and very racist; non-christian and very manipulating.. no self-esteem or pride in themselves, family or Atlanta.. they are a ‘cancer’ on our society..no matter the ethnicity.. this statement has no eyes for race or ethnicity; it is for ‘Citizens for a Prideful Atlanta’…ALL CITIZENS.. if the above does not identify you, then we know you and Norwood will lead us out of this sewer the REEDS and past regimes have put us in and will clean up our precious Atlanta..!!!

@Galloway

November 27th, 2009
3:43 pm

This made for a good laugh.

lmno

November 27th, 2009
3:46 pm

Where is the guy who stole the signs?

Can we put up a reward to find him? All we need is that guy and we will know who is a lying scumbag and who isn’t.

Shirley endorement for Reed, Reed say "he will clean up the mess at City Hall"

November 27th, 2009
3:53 pm

Love the Reed statement in Reed’s latest campaign commercial.
Yeah he is going to clean up the mess at City Hall….
the mess Franklin, Young etc created?
It don’t add up Kasim!

Matt C.

November 27th, 2009
3:55 pm

Raygunius, you are nothing but a racist…period.

Andie

November 27th, 2009
4:03 pm

I have been watching, listening, observing both Mr. Reed and Mrs.Norwood; and one can tell a whole lot about a person and their character by way of words spoken out of their own mouth’ whether they are sincere or not. Folks…he is not for your or mine or for Atlanta’s best interest!
She is telling the truth and is the one who you can bank on in your best interest in moving Atlanta forward in a clean safe classy way for all of the citizens of Atlanta!!! When she spoke of possibly finding her police chief from in-house within the department; she hit the ball out the ballpark; and the nail on the head! We need a police chief that originates from Atlanta and not from out of town, but someone who knows what the hell is going on in this city and if given the chance and opportunity to serve as police chief from within the police department selected by Mayor Norwood…He or She will start out kicking azz’ on the crime going on all over Atlanta!
To bring someone from out of town who knows very little about the way of life in Atlanta; would be just another grave mistake bringing in a stranger to try and tame crime here Mr. Reed!!!
We taxpayers cannot afford to spend frivolousy the little money that the city has on budget; searching in all the wrong places for a stranger who knows nothing about Atlanta and its crime; except for what they hear on the news and read on the internet! “Too Dangerous” look what happened when your outgoing chief has done!!!….really NOTHING!!! he could never be found or was out of town or was hiding from the people of Atlanta when all this crime was and still is going on!!! Enough is Enough Dammit!!! Kasim Reed has not a clue about what it takes to be mayor of Atlanta.
It is said that he was raised by city hall for what 11-years!!! And he still not know how to tackle this crime ridden city! He wants to get in and get hands on the money and seek out elsewhere for chief of police and we the taxpayers should have a say so about what does not work by way of that route for “ATLANT’s CITIZENS” This is our money that pays these folks salary when we hire them to represent US! Speak up Citizens of Atlanta….’Say “NO MORE’ lets start fresh, lets start over, lets move in a cleaner safer positive direction with grace…”VOTE FOR CHANGE” Vote for Mary Norwood as our next mayor of Atlanta and lets work hand in hand with her to clean it up all over this city, not just parts of it but all of this city! Vote For Mary Norwood and you will see change.

Emily

November 27th, 2009
4:06 pm

I honestly don’t think either Norwood or Reed will make a good mayor for Atlanta. Norwood seems to be good at talking a good talk and convincing people that she cares about their problems, but I’m not so sure she’ll do much of anything in office. I mean, look at her record. She did as little as possible on city council. I think she’ll do anything– including lie, cheat, steal, smear–to get elected as mayor because she wants the title and the prestige and maybe she wants to bring in her friends (Republicans) to run the city and run out all the blacks. I just don’t trust her. And I don’t trust Reed either. I think he’s pretending, too. I just don’t think he has the citizens’ interests at heart. He’s made a very nice living as a corporate attorney, defending them against “the little guy”. As mayor, who do you think he will align himself with? And I have yet to hear either one of them talk about what they propose to do, as in a plan, for Atlanta. Norwood–all she does is point out the problems, but has offered no well-thought-out solutions. Reed–he doesn’t say much of anything that seems well-thought-out. He just repeats what the others have said in debates. Neither one of them is worth supporting, as far as I can tell. I hope I’m wrong about..well, whoever ends up getting elected, I guess.

How does the Reed camp respond?

November 27th, 2009
4:11 pm

Is the Reed camp is at a total loss at how to undo the damage from this disaster of an endorsement? Right when they hoped to get momentum from a new ad vowing Reed will clean up City Hall, the Wilkins’ endorsement blows up in their face as Wilkins ties Reed to the legacy of Bill Campbell.

They don’t want to distance themselves from Wilkins, but they are at a total loss of how to distance themselves from Wilkins tying Reed to Campbell, without insulting Wilkins.

Is this a fatal blow to the Reed campaign? Will those who tied their political career hopes to endorsing Reed now start to back off?

TPM

November 27th, 2009
4:12 pm

Does Dominique live in Atlanta?

shannon

November 27th, 2009
4:14 pm

zanesmith’s teeth : hahahahahaha and what does Doc Rivers and Tree rollins,heck Kon Koncak think too lol

MC W

November 27th, 2009
4:16 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cugtdSrr4zM
Here’s my new video.

Poor Dominique. He probably received more than his share of hate for the prior endorsement…

shannon

November 27th, 2009
4:18 pm

Jon Koncak sorry

IdaHere

November 27th, 2009
4:22 pm

People please learn to read. The quote from Dominique above reads:He has the leadership skills that make a great leader,” Wilkins said. “I think he will do a good job in a long line in the good mayors of Atlanta.”

How does anyone who has at least a 3rd grade education relate his quote (1) to just black mayors; (2) to Bill Campbell: If one does not think that Bill Campbell did a good job, well he is not in a long line in the good mayors of Atlanta PERIOD Stop grabbing at straws, there is no damage control that needs to be done!

Congratulations, Dominique for waking up and smelling the coffee. Anyone who reviews the records of achievement for the City of Atlanta by Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed, knows that her record cannot come close to what Kasim accomplished as a State Representative and State Senator.

Furthermore, Atlanta is a great cosmopolitan city, an international city and a city too busy to hate! We need the expertise of Kasim Reed who is articulate, knows policy and is known for working across party-lines to achieve on behalf of the people. As our State Senator, he was accessible, easy to approach, and delivered for seniors, teachers, youth, and all citizens of Fulton County and Atlanta.

Mary Norwood visited our neighborhood many times over the past 8 years, but did not speak-up not one time as a Council person. It is amazing that she has so many complaints now that she is running for Mayor, but never addressed these same issues as a member of the City Council for the past 8 years! She wasted taxpayers money by running for Mayor for 8 years!!! Speaking of machine support, what about the biggest Machine behind Mary Norwood who once served as Mayor??

If I recall correctly, the next Mayor will be the 59th for the City of Atlanta. Four (4) have been black. Do you want me to believe that among the 54 white Mayors there was NO corruption, the city advanced, and blacks were given their fair-share of progress? Well I did my homework and it just didn’t happen that way.

I am not voting based on race, but on qualifications, readiness to lead our great city forward, and who can best represent Atlanta, on the local, state, national and international levels. Based on his record, Kasim will get the job done.

hoodtechie

November 27th, 2009
4:27 pm

Raygunius Delmacio is typical of most uninformed blacks in this town.i guess portland,or is a white city that needs a white mayor.try printing that and see if you don’t draw the ire from the naacp,sclc,etc…as a african american i am ashamed at the the way the the black community is reacting to this race.just goes to show you we have a long way to go.