Catching up: Closing arguments in the ATL mayor’s race

Throughout this mayoral campaign, Mary Norwood has run the more aggressive TV campaign – perhaps not in eyeballs or points, but certainly in content.

There’s no embed code available, but this is the link to her closing ad, which started last week. Norwood is on a porch swing, and says:

Some people are trying to divide our city along racial lines. But whether we are white our black, live on the noth side or the south side, we are one city and we need to have one government that actually responds to every neighborhood, delivers services and solves problems.

The ad served as fodder for a major portion of Sunday’s final televised debate on WSB, as rival Kasim Reed pressed her to identify who “some people” were. Norwood declined. A session this morning on V-103/WAOK presented Norwood with a similar question. She gave a near identical response.

Reed’s final TV ad is more of a traditional, feel-good wrap-up. But the ad does have a narrator who promises that Reed will “clean up the mess in City Hall” – presumably a nod to the anti-incumbent fever out there that must be acknowledged. To wit:

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WOW

November 30th, 2009
10:55 am

Sammy

November 30th, 2009
10:58 am

It’s so clear that Norwood is indirectly injecting race into this election by claiming that the other candidate is doing so without any basis.

WOW

November 30th, 2009
10:59 am

Oh yeah. Name one piece of substantive legislation Norwood has authored and had passed in 8 years? How did she help end the furloughs of public safety also. How is she an ‘outsider’ when she sat on the Council and voted in favor of many of the problems the city now faces, ie. increasing pensions, increasing water rates BEFORE asking for an audit of Watershed, etc.

Mary

November 30th, 2009
11:00 am

Mary Norwood really reminds me of Sarah Palin. She doesn’t have the intellectual wherewithal to be mayor.

Atlanta Psalm

November 30th, 2009
11:03 am

Kasim Reed is a very talented young man. God bless his heart.

Teela

November 30th, 2009
11:03 am

Ahem….since you dwits have forgotten….very early on there were the memos from the Clark profs….telling blacks to rally around a BLACK candidate…

Then there was the infamous Bunnie Ransom blurb…..

And you people say Mary is interjecting race into the campaign????

but I guess it’s ‘ok’ if blacks do this….it’s tolerated because people have two standards on these issues.

Well, I don’t.

Vote for Mary Norwood and vote for real change.

WOW

November 30th, 2009
11:06 am

Teela, how is Norwood change when her actions, when she does anything, leads to increased pension obligations for the city and higher water bills for its residents?

As a citywide representative, what has she done as councilmember to fight for constituents of this city? If she hasn’t done it as councilwoman, how will she do it as Mayor?

Jane B.

November 30th, 2009
11:06 am

As a white female, I cannot vote for Mary Norwood in good conscience. She is completely out of her league and doesn’t have the savvy or sophistication to be mayor. I just can’t do it! Kasim Reed for Mayor!

Silent Majority

November 30th, 2009
11:08 am

Kasim Reed is head and shoulders above Mary Norwood. She’s constantly ran from questions and been overly general regarding the real issues. She’s not a leader and she can’t lead our city.

Brand Atlanta

November 30th, 2009
11:11 am

I was a Borders supporter initially and now that I have to choose between Reed and Norwood there is no question in my mind that Kasim Reed is the best choice. Mary seems to be a nice lady, but she lacks presence and intellectual depth. Kasim Reed will win tomorrow and Atlanta will be better off.

LegalTruth

November 30th, 2009
11:12 am

Mary’s Poor Ethical Decisions and Judgment: Irresponsible Leadership

Mary has displayed poor ethical leadership. She voted to establish ethical standards for elected public officials such as herself and then afterwards voted to repeal those same standards, to allow herself, other elected officials and certain employees to receive unethical gifts, meals and ticket prohibited by law. She also signed a document that supported the irresponsible spending of millions of city funds. Mary has acknowledged the nature of her actions: she admitted to each action as being a mistake. But she only tried to rectify each “mistake” after being highly criticized.

On March 10, 2002 Mary Norwood voted for ordinance 02-O-0377, an ordinance that strengthened the ethical standards of City Council Members and other public officials, by disallowing elected officials such as Mary from receiving tickets, gifts and other items of value from people doing business with the city.[1]

HOWEVER, On May 15, 2006, Mary voted in favor of an ordinance that repealed the established ethical standards she had helped establish by vote, just 4 years prior. The new “unethical” standards Mary supported granted appointed and elected officials, and 8,000 city employees, the right to accept free meals up to $75 and tickets up to $100 from people doing business with the city,[2] in direct violation of the law.[3] Moreover, the new ordinance did not establish any reporting requirements or restriction on the source of gifts.[4]

Mayor Franklin immediately vetoed the ordinance, stating that “we cannot accomplish anything… if we lose public trust…in order for the city to move forward, we have to have the public trust.”[5]

When asked why she had voted in favor of an ordinance that attempted to overrule the city’s ethical standard, one that she helped establish, Mary stated:

“My reason is I was completely distracted. I made a mistake. I should have voted against it.”[6]

Mary’s “completely distracted” excuse for attempting to overturn the city’s established ethical code, which she had voted for, isn’t the only time she irresponsibly supported questionable actions.
In the same year, 2006, Mary signed a letter to NASCAR, a letter that committed $62 million dollars of city’s backed funds to build a NASCAR hall of fame. The letter did not mention any time line for repayment of the funds or any other common sense details that one would want to see before signing. When asked why she signed such a letter (she had her staffer sign the letter), Mary stated that:

“I thought I just signed a letter that said ‘I love NASCAR.’”[7]

This is a very poor excuse for several reasons. First, why would you have your staffer sign a letter, which clearly committed millions of dollars of city funds? Second, why would you endorse city fund expenditures without understanding the details involved in the transaction? Third, would a strong, accountable leader do such a thing?

[1] See copy “Amending the Code of Ordinance of the Cit of Atlanta so as to Delete Chapter 2, Article VII, Division 2 Standards of Conduct in its Entirety and Replace it with New Standards of Conduct; and for Other Purposes. Substitute Ordinance as Amended by Atlanta City Council. Ordinance 02-O-0377. (Copy on file); see also Resolution Urging the Atlanta City Council to Sustain the Mayor’s Veto of Ordinance 06-0-0980. May 18, 2006. City of Atlanta Board of Ethics
[2] Mayor Keeps Vow to Nix Council’s Ok of Freebies.” May 19, 2006. Atlanta Journal Constitution
[3] Mary voted in favor of this ordinance despite the fact that the city ethics board had established a long standing rule that city officials accepting tickets is “unethical.” And the City Council had already made it illegal to accept these types of tickets. Ord. No. 2002-27, § 1, 4-10-02; Our opinion; These Gluttons Deserve Punishment; Mayor’s Veto of Freebies Ordinance Shouldn’t Let City Council Members Off the Hook for their Foolish Decision.” May 19, 2006. Atlanta Journal Constitution: see also FAO Gifts of Tickets to Athletic and Entertainment Events, at http://www.atlantaga.gov/government/boards/boardofethics.fao2004-7.aspx
[4] Resolution Urging the Atlanta City Council to Sustain the Mayor’s Veto of Ordinance 06-0-0980. May 18, 2006. City of Atlanta Board of Ethics.
[5] Id.
[6] Our opinion; These Gluttons Deserve Punishment; Mayor’s Veto of Freebies Ordinance Shouldn’t Let City Council Members Off the Hook for their Foolish Decision.” May 19, 2006. Atlanta Journal Constitution.
[7] “ NASCAR Hall of Fame: Mayor Boosts Bid Without Funds in Hand. March 3, 2006. Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Atlanta Voter

November 30th, 2009
11:13 am

Kasim Reed won my vote in last night’s debate. Mary Norwood just seemed like she was hiding something, plus she’s been on he City Counsel for 8 years.

Kasim Reed for Mayor!

November 30th, 2009
11:15 am

Atlanta, white and black, gay and straight will come together tomorrow to make Kasim Reed the 59th Mayor of the City. On to Greatness!

Buckhead Dan

November 30th, 2009
11:19 am

People who are voting based on the issues are voting for Kasim Reed.

LegalTruth

November 30th, 2009
11:19 am

Mary has used over $100,000 of her campaign contributions to pay herself and her own company for the past 8 years. She is Illegal and unethical. It is all listed in all of her campaign disclosure reports since 2001, Why is AJC not writing about this? Jim Galloway get on this now! Bad journalism:

Expenditure Date Amount Campaigning for:
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $396.78 mayor
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $230.04 mayor
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $158.28 mayor
One Call Web 2/3/2009 $126.12 mayor
One Call Web 2/3/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 3/4/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 3/10/2009 $505.20 mayor
One Call Web 4/2/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 4/2/2009 $505.20 mayor
One Call Web 4/8/2009 $1,364.52 mayor
One Call Web 4/9/2009 $197.82 mayor
One Call Web 4/24/2009 $555.90 mayor
One Call Web 7/15/2009 $187.90 mayor
One Call Web 2/20/2008 $15,874.82 city council
One Call Web 4/3/2008 $1,364.52 mayor
One Call Web 8/11/2008 $1,053.90 mayor
One Call Web Aug-08 $3,002.40 mayor
One Call Web 9/26/2008 $4,797.96 mayor
One Call Web 10/30/2008 $1,327.68 mayor
One Call Web 11/11/2008 $2,263.62 mayor
One Call Web 8/16/2007 $521.40 city council
One Call Web 10/24/2007 $4,593.24 city council
One Call Web 11/28/2007 $327.70 city council
One Call Web 7/10/2006 $2,312.60 city council
One Call Web 5/4/2005 $2,952.60 city council
One Call Web 6/9/2005 $2,920.50 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $978.00 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $2,801.90 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $793.70 city council
One Call Web 9/20/2005 $3,066.60 city council
One Call Web 9/26/2005 $391.10 city council
One Call Web 10/18/2005 $4,242.70 city council
One Call Web 6/5/2001 $5,155.08 city council
One Call Web 6/12/2001 $5,155.08 city council
One Call Web 6/26/2001 $243.27 city council
One Call Web 9/5/2001 $10,200.00 city council
One Call Web 10/30/2001 $5,680 city council
One Call Web 12/21/2001 $4,242.64 city council
TOTAL MARY PAID HER CORP: $90,863.73

DURING CAMPAIGN FOR MAYOR: $18, 410.80

Expenditure Date Amount Purpose
Mary Norwood 2/28/2009 $2,000 “outreach”
Mary Norwood 6/30/2006 $1,211.15 Amex reimbursement
Mary Norwood 9/7/2005 $200.00 food
Mary Norwood 9/7/2005 $300.00 “senior outreach”
Mary Norwood 11/7/2005 $7,000.00 loan repayment
Mary Norwood 12/9/2005 $1,100.00 community events
Mary Norwood 11/14/2001 $5,000.00 loan repayment
Total Mary Paid Herself: $16,811

APN Editor

November 30th, 2009
11:20 am

Dear WOW,

Here are some of Mary’s legislative accomplishments, as published on the Atlanta Progressive News. I have asked Shawn McIntosh and Ernie Suggs and Linda Harris for an AJC correction last week but it doesn’t seem like accuracy is very important to them: (SEE BELOW)
Thx, Matthew Cardinale, News Editor

http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0556.html

Norwood’s most recent resolution was 09R1077, which passed June 01, 2009, resolving that the Bureau of Code Compliance enforce the Atlanta Zoning Ordinance regarding supportive housing. Recently, a bill to define and clarify supportive housing had been introduced, and this bill made sure that the BCC could enforce codes related to what would be a newly-defined type of housing. Norwood was the first of several co-sponsors and the bill passed 14-1.

On May 04, 2009, 08O2427, which authorized the Mayor to establish a Senior Zone Policy, passed 14-0. Norwood sponsored the original legislation, which was substituted by marked-up, or revised legislation which came through the Transportation Committee.

On September 02, 2008, 08R1695, to conduct an independent audit of the Arborist Division, passed 14-0. Norwood was the lead co-sponsor. Norwood led the charge for this audit after former Chief Arborist Tom Coffin was fired for trying to uphold the city’s tree ordinance.

On July 07, 2008, 07O1905, to amend article XXIV regarding vending on private property, passed 14-0. Norwood sponsored this bill, although an amended substitute by the Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee passed through Council.

On June 02, 2008, 08R1132, to request the Mayor study eliminating Fleet Services to reduce costs, passed 14-0. Norwood sponsored this bill; it passed with an amendment by the Finance/Executive Committee.

On May 19, 2008, 08R1014, an independent audit of the city’s water and sewer billing, passed Council. Norwood was the lead co-sponsor. It was vetoed by the Mayor, yet still passed on override 15-0. This became an issue after numerous customers complained of being overbilled without explanation.

On February 04, 2008, 07O2600, to rename part of Hills Avenue to Collier Road, passed 15-0. Norwood sponsored this bill, which was substituted by a marked-up revision which passed through the City Utilities Committee.

On February 04, 2008, 07O0673, to require outside storage items to be stored in the rear of properties, passed. Norwood was the lead co-sponsor on this bill, which was substituted by a marked-up version which came through the Community Development/Human Resources Committee.

On February 04, 2008, 08R0294, to create a technical review committee for the purpose of advising the City in policies for controls for budgeting, passed unanimously. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On July 16, 2007, 07O1446, to hire a firm to research existing and proposed tree ordinances, passed 14-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On March 19, 2007, 07R0608, to ask the State Senate to allow city officials to file financial disclosure reports electronically, was adopted. Norwood sponsored the bill.

On February 05, 2007, 06O2057, providing uniform standards for prohibiting litter in Atlanta, passed 15-0. Norwood sponsored this bill, which was substituted by a marked-up version which came through the City Utilities Committee.

On September 18, 2006, 06R2132, to enter into an agreement with Samaritan House to create a Litter Clean up Program, passed 12-0. Norwood sponsored this bill. This is one of several bills passed by Norwood related to a program she spearheaded to provide employment opportunities to homeless people to clean up Atlanta’s streets. A related bill, 06R1327, passed on July 05, 2006.

On May 01, 2006, 06R1037, affirming the Mayor’s letter to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, encouraging federal agencies to find alternative jail beds for immigrants currently being housed at the Atlanta Detention Center, passed 12-0. Norwood sponsored the bill.

On February 08, 2006, 06O0258, placing interim development controls on issuance of building permits, passed Council. This was a temporary McMansion Moratorium requested by Norwood until more permanent legislation could be worked out. Eventually, the Council did pass a permanent out-of-scale infill prohibition, although the final bill was introduced by Councilwoman Carla Smith.

Norwood used some of her own post’s expense account to pay for the infill zoning research. On September 19, 2005, 05O1736, which transferred $4,500 from Norwood’s Council expense account to pay for Infill zoning illustrations, passed 11-0. Also, on February 21, 2005, 05O0260, which transferred $3,000 from her Council expense account to fund the Infill Housing Analysis Report, passed 13-0.

On July 05, 2005, 05O1206, which made a no parking area on part of Stonewall Street, passed 13-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On August 15, 2005, 05O1425, prohibiting subdivision of certain lots, passed 13-0. Norwood sponsored the bill. A similar bill, 04O1376, passed 14-0, on September 07, 2004, overriding a Mayoral veto.

On June 20, 2005, 05O1087, allowing food vendors on private property to stay in same place for more than one year, passed 10-0. Norwood sponsored the bill.

On June 20, 2005, 05R1086, to establish a Tree ordinance task force, passed 13-0. Norwood sponsored the bill, which was amended by the Community Development/Human Resources Committee.

On February 21, 2005, 05O0120, to allow the City to deny liquor licenses to bars or clubs where drugs were sold and the owner or staff should’ve known, passed Council. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On January 18, 2008, 04O1621, to create a new residential zoning classification, R2B, passed 13-0. Norwood sponsored the bill.

On February 07, 2005, 05R0122, encouraging judges to impose banishment from Atlanta for criminals conducting the same offense twice, passed Council. The Mayor vetoed the bill, but her veto was overridden by Council. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On February 07, 2005, 05R0121, encouraging the use of camaras on known crack houses and illegal dumping sites, passed 12-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On September 07, 2004, 04R1620, entering into an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation to accept funds for the interstate litter clean-up program, passed Council. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On June 07, 2004, 04R1061, authorizing the Mayor to accept the review of the Atlanta Clean Water Plan by the American Society of Civil Engineers, passed 13-1. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On October 20, 2003, 03R1704, authorizing the creation of a Trust Fund for the infill project, passed 10-1 on substitute from the Finance/Executive Committee. Norwood sponsored the bill.

On October 06, 2003, 03O1442, increasing fines for housing code violations, passed 13-0. Norwood sponsored the bill, which was substituted by an amended version by the Community Development/Human Resources Committee.

On October 06, 2003, 03O1470, a moratorium on new construction and zoning change permits for the Donald L Hollowell Study Area, passed 13-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On March 17, 2003, 03R0405, a temporary moratorium on demolitions of homes over 50 years old, passed. Norwood sponsored the bill.

On February 03, 2003, 03R0113, creating an of out-of-scale infill development task force, passed 12-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor; the bill was amended by the Zoning Committee.

On December 02, 2002, 02O0297, allocating funds from the Federal Aviation Administration for new runways and taxiways, passed 9-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor. This is one of several bills Norwood co-sponsored related to the airport which passed in this time period.

On November 04, 2002, 02R1885, giving budget priority to essential functions of Atlanta City government, passed 14-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor; the bill was amended by the Finance/Executive Committee.

On July 01, 2002, 02O1148, to define an unclean, vacant lot as a nuisance, passed 14-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On May 20, 2002, 02O0835, allocating funds for construction of Nancy Creek Tunnel, passed 12-0. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

On February 18, 2002, 02R0368, authorizing the Urban Design Commission to enter into a grant up to $20,000 for Atlanta’s Comprehensive Historic Resource Survey passed. Norwood was lead co-sponsor.

So True

November 30th, 2009
11:21 am

Norwood will win…Deal with it. Don’t cry like Republicans when Obama won. The more liberal, neighborhood-friendly candidate will win because she’s been face-to-face with voters and not behind the scenes, collecting endorsements from people who can’t vote in the election (example: Roy Barnes).

Oh Intown Writer...

November 30th, 2009
11:22 am

For whom to vote:
The Devil I Know, the machine that held APD hostage to force a tax hike, someone who is in cosy with the unions that protect the incompetents stacking City positions, or
The Devil I Don’t Know, who won’t hire the same set of folks who’ve run the City into the ground.

Kasim Fan

November 30th, 2009
11:23 am

Mary had 8 years in city government and she failed. Now it’s Kasim’s turn.

Rule .303

November 30th, 2009
11:23 am

Kasim will clean up City Hall? huh? He was Shirly’s campaign manager the past two elections, political consultant, and essentially the city’s representative in the State Senate. What makes anyone believe that he’s going to “clean up City Hall”? Hey, i have no fight in this race since I live outside the city, but I feel bad for you guys. Get ready for 4 more years Shirly…and for you wealthy landowners (homeowners), get ready for higher taxes…..suckers.

Grant Park Resident

November 30th, 2009
11:27 am

Reed has his endorsements:

Franklin
Martin
Barnes
Borders

Oh, wait ! Isn’t Franklin going out of office as one of the most unpopular mayor’s to ever lead this city. Didn’t the other 3 endorsers LOSE their primary or lose re-election?

Maybe the VOTERS have it right!

More of the same? Vote Reed.

Change and accountability?

Vote NORWOOD !

AH

November 30th, 2009
11:32 am

Reed will most certainly clean up City Hall. He’ll give a contract out to someone costing more than necessary make sure everything is clean and shinning then we will pay for it big time down the road. Just like Bill Campbell. Campbell was an effective mayor in the sense that while he was in office he delivered big time on the promises that he made, what you didn’t see was how much it would cost us all down the road. i.e. the $100 mil a year we will have to pay into the police/fire pensions. Campbell used that money to deliver on promises that he made now we all pay more than we should.

Reed will do the same, 750 officers???? He will make sure that we hire that many no manner how much it costs us down the road. While Norwood seems like the dimmer bulb in this race, it is any taxpayer who votes for Reed. Your just asking to over pay on services that are going to disappear as soon as the bill comes due. Sustainable government starts and ends with the check book.

What were Mary's people watching

November 30th, 2009
11:34 am

@APN Editor Mary has used over $100,000 of her campaign contributions to pay herself and her own company for the past 8 years. She is Illegal and unethical. It is all listed in all of her campaign disclosure reports since 2001, Why is AJC not writing about this? Jim Galloway get on this now! Bad journalism:

Expenditure Date Amount Campaigning for:
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $396.78 mayor
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $230.04 mayor
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $158.28 mayor
One Call Web 2/3/2009 $126.12 mayor
One Call Web 2/3/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 3/4/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 3/10/2009 $505.20 mayor
One Call Web 4/2/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 4/2/2009 $505.20 mayor
One Call Web 4/8/2009 $1,364.52 mayor
One Call Web 4/9/2009 $197.82 mayor
One Call Web 4/24/2009 $555.90 mayor
One Call Web 7/15/2009 $187.90 mayor
One Call Web 2/20/2008 $15,874.82 city council
One Call Web 4/3/2008 $1,364.52 mayor
One Call Web 8/11/2008 $1,053.90 mayor
One Call Web Aug-08 $3,002.40 mayor
One Call Web 9/26/2008 $4,797.96 mayor
One Call Web 10/30/2008 $1,327.68 mayor
One Call Web 11/11/2008 $2,263.62 mayor
One Call Web 8/16/2007 $521.40 city council
One Call Web 10/24/2007 $4,593.24 city council
One Call Web 11/28/2007 $327.70 city council
One Call Web 7/10/2006 $2,312.60 city council
One Call Web 5/4/2005 $2,952.60 city council
One Call Web 6/9/2005 $2,920.50 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $978.00 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $2,801.90 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $793.70 city council
One Call Web 9/20/2005 $3,066.60 city council
One Call Web 9/26/2005 $391.10 city council
One Call Web 10/18/2005 $4,242.70 city council
One Call Web 6/5/2001 $5,155.08 city council
One Call Web 6/12/2001 $5,155.08 city council
One Call Web 6/26/2001 $243.27 city council
One Call Web 9/5/2001 $10,200.00 city council
One Call Web 10/30/2001 $5,680 city council
One Call Web 12/21/2001 $4,242.64 city council
TOTAL MARY PAID HER CORP: $90,863.73

DURING CAMPAIGN FOR MAYOR: $18, 410.80

Expenditure Date Amount Purpose
Mary Norwood 2/28/2009 $2,000 “outreach”
Mary Norwood 6/30/2006 $1,211.15 Amex reimbursement
Mary Norwood 9/7/2005 $200.00 food
Mary Norwood 9/7/2005 $300.00 “senior outreach”
Mary Norwood 11/7/2005 $7,000.00 loan repayment
Mary Norwood 12/9/2005 $1,100.00 community events
Mary Norwood 11/14/2001 $5,000.00 loan repayment
Total Mary Paid Herself: $16,811

What were Mary's people watching

November 30th, 2009
11:38 am

@APN Editor– Mary’s Poor Ethical Decisions and Judgment: Irresponsible Leadership

Mary has displayed poor ethical leadership. She voted to establish ethical standards for elected public officials such as herself and then afterwards voted to repeal those same standards, to allow herself, other elected officials and certain employees to receive unethical gifts, meals and ticket prohibited by law. She also signed a document that supported the irresponsible spending of millions of city funds. Mary has acknowledged the nature of her actions: she admitted to each action as being a mistake. But she only tried to rectify each “mistake” after being highly criticized.

On March 10, 2002 Mary Norwood voted for ordinance 02-O-0377, an ordinance that strengthened the ethical standards of City Council Members and other public officials, by disallowing elected officials such as Mary from receiving tickets, gifts and other items of value from people doing business with the city.[1]

HOWEVER, On May 15, 2006, Mary voted in favor of an ordinance that repealed the established ethical standards she had helped establish by vote, just 4 years prior. The new “unethical” standards Mary supported granted appointed and elected officials, and 8,000 city employees, the right to accept free meals up to $75 and tickets up to $100 from people doing business with the city,[2] in direct violation of the law.[3] Moreover, the new ordinance did not establish any reporting requirements or restriction on the source of gifts.[4]

When asked why she had voted in favor of an ordinance that attempted to overrule the city’s ethical standard, one that she helped establish, Mary stated:

“My reason is I was completely distracted. I made a mistake. I should have voted against it.”

Mary’s “completely distracted” excuse for attempting to overturn the city’s established ethical code, which she had voted for, isn’t the only time she irresponsibly supported questionable actions.
In the same year, 2006, Mary signed a letter to NASCAR, a letter that committed $62 million dollars of city’s backed funds to build a NASCAR hall of fame. The letter did not mention any time line for repayment of the funds or any other common sense details that one would want to see before signing. When asked why she signed such a letter (she had her staffer sign the letter), Mary stated that:

“I thought I just signed a letter that said ‘I love NASCAR.’”[7]

C’mon APN Editor, you guys a re a joke. I used to like you but now, you have lost all credibility.

LegalTruth

November 30th, 2009
11:39 am

Matthew Cardinale, it is funny how you are supporting the biggest Republican in disguise. Follow the money. The top most powerful Republicans support Mary. You are sadly and sorry mistaken. It is unfortunate that your progressive newspaper ended up choosing the least progressive candidate out there.

Don’t get me wrong, Mary’s a nice lady. But she’s dumb as rocks and a Republican in disguise. She signed a contract committing $65 million of the city of Atlanta money to Nascar without even knowing what she was signing and admitted she was making a mistake.

She sought to overturn ethics rules. She has paid her company One Call Web and her own pocket over $100k with campaign contributions. And I am not talking about her contract with the city, I am talking about her using your campaign contributions to pay herself, her company that she is CEO, CFO of.

It is sad that you are drinking the Mary kool-aid because you are sponsoring the one candidate pushed by all the major Republican conservative powerbrokers.

You get all on Kasim b/c he represented Cracker Barrel and other conservative causes as an attorney. But you’re not a lawyer and don’t understand that this is what he legally had to do as a lawyer at H and K. As a legislator, he has actively pursued and promoted every major progressive cause.

It really sucks and is stupid that you have successfully brainwashed so many other progressive voters who just think “oh the progressive newspaper is supporting Mary so she must be progressive.” You have totally bamboozled yourself and you are pushing the biggest hard core conservative Republican contender out there.

Mary is scary, how stupid she she is. Were you there for the debate when she said she’d lock up all the repeat offenders by holding a bake sale? (See anti-defamation league debate at Pres church on Ponce)

Rick

November 30th, 2009
11:41 am

Norwood is using black people for vote I dont think Kasim Reed is trying to divide our city she do not want to answer that question I wondering why Norwood is a big joke she is another Sarah Palin

WOW

November 30th, 2009
11:42 am

@ APN Editor- I appreciate the comprehensive research, but as a resident I feel if this is her best legislative record to put forward then it is extremely poor. Street renaming and making littering illegal? Seems like no-brainers to me. Accepting funds from the state for interstate trash pickup is a slam dunk, and those senior zones are still no-existent. Just ask Georgia Pilkington who is at every transportation committee meeting. Seems, in my humble opinion, that in 8 years she would have some stronger legislative accomplishments. Outdoor storage ordinance? And the legislation she sponsored for the watershed audit was the same day she voted to increase the rates (09O0839). Seems someone who is fighting for the average person would wanted this prior to raising rates of customers who were already complaining their bills weren’t correct. Thats just me though.

Atticus Finch

November 30th, 2009
11:43 am

@Legal Truth

Don’t worry about Cardinale. He’s been in the tank for Norwood since she paid him off for his support. No one reads his little crappy blog, but political junkies with made up minds. His support is meaningless and has sway on no one.

Most of the legislation Cardinale’s presented as accomplishments for Norwood were items that she CO-sponsored. It is her status as CO-sponsor that has kept her from touting these bills as her own work.

You see, Mary is known for letting others do all the work and then jumping on the bandwagon to get credit. Don’t be fooled by Cardinale and his shoddy little blog. He’s been paid for all his advertisement of Mary.

Bottom line people, Norwood is downright lazy and unethical. She has never really done the hardwork that she took an oath of office for.

I mean to steal $100,000 from taxpayers and campaign contributors is just wrong. And to think, she almost got away with it. Facts are facts! Norwood’s a shame, she’s controlled by the Republican interests in this city that are using her as cover to enrich themselves.

Due Diligence

November 30th, 2009
11:45 am

08O0744
A Substitute Ordinance by City Utilities Committee to fix a schedule for monthly Water and Sewer Rates and Charges for the City of Atlanta, Georgia, and to create and fix a convenience charge to recover the cost of processing credit card, electronic check and debit card payment use as authorized by Chapter 154, Article III, Division 3, Sections 154111 and 154112 (Water Rates and Charges) and Chapter 154, Article V, Divisions 3, Sections 154276 and 154277 (Sewer Rates and Charges).

http://apps.atlantaga.gov/citycouncil/2008/images/adopted/0619/08O0744.pdf

Norwood voted to increase your water rates, even though she claims the city’s finances were skeptical at best. Is that change you can believe in?

Grant Park Resident

November 30th, 2009
11:51 am

Thou NOT true, call Mrs. Norwood a Republican if you wish.

Call her whatever you choose, but ” MORE of the SAME” you can not.

I’m a life-long Democrat, having voted Democrat since I was old enough to vote.

There comes a time that we must vote for the best person, and not along party, racial, or otherwise lines.

Grant Park read the facts!

November 30th, 2009
11:54 am

Mary’s Poor Ethical Decisions and Judgment: Irresponsible Leadership

Mary has displayed poor ethical leadership. She voted to establish ethical standards for elected public officials such as herself and then afterwards voted to repeal those same standards, to allow herself, other elected officials and certain employees to receive unethical gifts, meals and ticket prohibited by law. She also signed a document that supported the irresponsible spending of millions of city funds. Mary has acknowledged the nature of her actions: she admitted to each action as being a mistake. But she only tried to rectify each “mistake” after being highly criticized.

On March 10, 2002 Mary Norwood voted for ordinance 02-O-0377, an ordinance that strengthened the ethical standards of City Council Members and other public officials, by disallowing elected officials such as Mary from receiving tickets, gifts and other items of value from people doing business with the city.[1]

HOWEVER, On May 15, 2006, Mary voted in favor of an ordinance that repealed the established ethical standards she had helped establish by vote, just 4 years prior. The new “unethical” standards Mary supported granted appointed and elected officials, and 8,000 city employees, the right to accept free meals up to $75 and tickets up to $100 from people doing business with the city,[2] in direct violation of the law.[3] Moreover, the new ordinance did not establish any reporting requirements or restriction on the source of gifts.[4]

Mayor Franklin immediately vetoed the ordinance, stating that “we cannot accomplish anything… if we lose public trust…in order for the city to move forward, we have to have the public trust.”[5]

When asked why she had voted in favor of an ordinance that attempted to overrule the city’s ethical standard, one that she helped establish, Mary stated:

“My reason is I was completely distracted. I made a mistake. I should have voted against it.”[6]

Mary’s “completely distracted” excuse for attempting to overturn the city’s established ethical code, which she had voted for, isn’t the only time she irresponsibly supported questionable actions.
In the same year, 2006, Mary signed a letter to NASCAR, a letter that committed $62 million dollars of city’s backed funds to build a NASCAR hall of fame. The letter did not mention any time line for repayment of the funds or any other common sense details that one would want to see before signing. When asked why she signed such a letter (she had her staffer sign the letter), Mary stated that:

“I thought I just signed a letter that said ‘I love NASCAR.’”[7]

This is a very poor excuse for several reasons. First, why would you have your staffer sign a letter, which clearly committed millions of dollars of city funds? Second, why would you endorse city fund expenditures without understanding the details involved in the transaction? Third, would a strong, accountable leader do such a thing?

[1] See copy “Amending the Code of Ordinance of the Cit of Atlanta so as to Delete Chapter 2, Article VII, Division 2 Standards of Conduct in its Entirety and Replace it with New Standards of Conduct; and for Other Purposes. Substitute Ordinance as Amended by Atlanta City Council. Ordinance 02-O-0377. (Copy on file); see also Resolution Urging the Atlanta City Council to Sustain the Mayor’s Veto of Ordinance 06-0-0980. May 18, 2006. City of Atlanta Board of Ethics
[2] Mayor Keeps Vow to Nix Council’s Ok of Freebies.” May 19, 2006. Atlanta Journal Constitution
[3] Mary voted in favor of this ordinance despite the fact that the city ethics board had established a long standing rule that city officials accepting tickets is “unethical.” And the City Council had already made it illegal to accept these types of tickets. Ord. No. 2002-27, § 1, 4-10-02; Our opinion; These Gluttons Deserve Punishment; Mayor’s Veto of Freebies Ordinance Shouldn’t Let City Council Members Off the Hook for their Foolish Decision.” May 19, 2006. Atlanta Journal Constitution: see also FAO Gifts of Tickets to Athletic and Entertainment Events, at http://www.atlantaga.gov/government/boards/boardofethics.fao2004-7.aspx
[4] Resolution Urging the Atlanta City Council to Sustain the Mayor’s Veto of Ordinance 06-0-0980. May 18, 2006. City of Atlanta Board of Ethics.
[5] Id.
[6] Our opinion; These Gluttons Deserve Punishment; Mayor’s Veto of Freebies Ordinance Shouldn’t Let City Council Members Off the Hook for their Foolish Decision.” May 19, 2006. Atlanta Journal Constitution.
[7] “ NASCAR Hall of Fame: Mayor Boosts Bid Without Funds in Hand. March 3, 2006. Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Mary has used over $100,000 of her campaign contributions to pay herself and her own company for the past 8 years. She is Illegal and unethical. It is all listed in all of her campaign disclosure reports since 2001, Why is AJC not writing about this? Jim Galloway get on this now! Bad journalism:

Expenditure Date Amount Campaigning for:
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $396.78 mayor
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $230.04 mayor
One Call Web 1/21/2009 $158.28 mayor
One Call Web 2/3/2009 $126.12 mayor
One Call Web 2/3/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 3/4/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 3/10/2009 $505.20 mayor
One Call Web 4/2/2009 $124.32 mayor
One Call Web 4/2/2009 $505.20 mayor
One Call Web 4/8/2009 $1,364.52 mayor
One Call Web 4/9/2009 $197.82 mayor
One Call Web 4/24/2009 $555.90 mayor
One Call Web 7/15/2009 $187.90 mayor
One Call Web 2/20/2008 $15,874.82 city council
One Call Web 4/3/2008 $1,364.52 mayor
One Call Web 8/11/2008 $1,053.90 mayor
One Call Web Aug-08 $3,002.40 mayor
One Call Web 9/26/2008 $4,797.96 mayor
One Call Web 10/30/2008 $1,327.68 mayor
One Call Web 11/11/2008 $2,263.62 mayor
One Call Web 8/16/2007 $521.40 city council
One Call Web 10/24/2007 $4,593.24 city council
One Call Web 11/28/2007 $327.70 city council
One Call Web 7/10/2006 $2,312.60 city council
One Call Web 5/4/2005 $2,952.60 city council
One Call Web 6/9/2005 $2,920.50 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $978.00 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $2,801.90 city council
One Call Web 9/8/2005 $793.70 city council
One Call Web 9/20/2005 $3,066.60 city council
One Call Web 9/26/2005 $391.10 city council
One Call Web 10/18/2005 $4,242.70 city council
One Call Web 6/5/2001 $5,155.08 city council
One Call Web 6/12/2001 $5,155.08 city council
One Call Web 6/26/2001 $243.27 city council
One Call Web 9/5/2001 $10,200.00 city council
One Call Web 10/30/2001 $5,680 city council
One Call Web 12/21/2001 $4,242.64 city council
TOTAL MARY PAID HER CORP: $90,863.73

DURING CAMPAIGN FOR MAYOR: $18, 410.80

Expenditure Date Amount Purpose
Mary Norwood 2/28/2009 $2,000 “outreach”
Mary Norwood 6/30/2006 $1,211.15 Amex reimbursement
Mary Norwood 9/7/2005 $200.00 food
Mary Norwood 9/7/2005 $300.00 “senior outreach”
Mary Norwood 11/7/2005 $7,000.00 loan repayment
Mary Norwood 12/9/2005 $1,100.00 community events
Mary Norwood 11/14/2001 $5,000.00 loan repayment
Total Mary Paid Herself: $16,811

Rick

November 30th, 2009
11:54 am

Norwood is a true republican now all this is coming out in the open about Mary Norwood she is not to be trusted with our tax money.

How she going to say Reed is a political machine which Zee Bradford is one of her campaign manager was Bill Campaign chief advisor I guess Norwood would say anything to get elected which she been lying.

Norwood you let Reed use your robocall for the mayor election how dumb you can be.

Atticus Finch

November 30th, 2009
11:57 am

@Grant Park

Vote for whomever you choose, that is your right. But the fact that Norwood chose to lie about her affiliations trouble me. I have nothing against Republicans, in fact I like Johnny Isakson for his hardworking attitude. But, why lie? If you voted for Republicans just admit to it.

Mary is cover for the Republicans in this city that are foaming at the mouth to take our airport, marta and several other assets.

Kasim Reed can fight for our city and he has shown that he can build consensus as to how we can work together.

What were Mary's people watching

November 30th, 2009
11:58 am

@Grant Park Resident. It is if you are not even reading the post. If you look at the CERTIFIABLE FACTS LISTED HERE and still can say Mary is thee best person, then something is wrong. You mean to tell me that the best person is the person who voted to overturn ethical standards; pays her own company about $100,000k of contributor money (she paid herself); sign a letter that commits the city to about $60 million for a nascar hall of fame and then says that she had no idea what she was signing, you mean to tell me that is the BEST PERSON.

Funny you say that we should not vote on racial lines, I agree. But when one looks at those facts about Mary (and here are so many more), you gotta wonder what lines you will be voting along.

Rick

November 30th, 2009
11:59 am

Norwood been absent everyday from voting on important ordnance she is trying to take Atlanta in the wrong direction. I am so happy everybody is waken up to see the true side of Mary Norwood she is a Republican who dont care about the poor people of Atlanta she is another Sarah Palin.

Vote for Kasim Reed

Atticus Finch

November 30th, 2009
12:00 pm

Grant Park Resident is probably Paul Zucca. The neighborhood leaders over there are supporting Mary because she has made so many promises, but what has she delivered on? I, for one, am tired of her “studies”, “panels” and “forums”. I want some action.

Kasim Reed is it!

Pain and Gain

November 30th, 2009
12:02 pm

Don’t cede Atlanta to this Republican lacky. She has done nothing worthy of electing her mayor.

Rick

November 30th, 2009
12:05 pm

Atticus Finch you are telling the true about Norwood she is a Republican and they are trying to take Marta and the airport from atlanta that why they put Norwood to run for mayor.

That why she does not have that many endorsement because everyone know’s she is a true Republican…I cant wait until Tuesday come so we can pack Norwood bag up and send her on her lovely way in her buick.

Grant Park Resident

November 30th, 2009
12:05 pm

@ Atticus Finch:

Hi there ! I’m not here to belittle anyone, much less Reed supporters.

Mary is cover for the Republicans to take our Marta and airport?

Good !

Haven’t you noticed what MESS Marta is in? The airport is in a downward spiral…

I don’t care if you are Dem., Rep., or Ind., Black, Wht, Asian, or Indian.

This city is ready to collide with disaster.

Let’s NOT be another Detroit ! Nothing to do with race, but accountability and good fiscal management.

Rick

November 30th, 2009
12:11 pm

Grant Park Resident what you mean dont let Atlanta be another Detroit I think you trying be slick by not throwing race card in your statement just be true you think when a black person is mayor they mess just come out be open with your statement.

Norwood is a republican and she is going to take destroy Atlanta

What were Mary's people watching

November 30th, 2009
12:17 pm

At this point, Grant Park, this is laughable, sincerely. You are brazen to sit here in front of all the certifiably, unethical things that have been pointed out about Mary and talk about Mary being accountable and a good fiscal leader. That is really crazy. I am not trying to belittle you, but that type of statement made in light of the facts is just wrong, and really draws our credibility as a serious voter. Vote how you want is your right. But voting out of ignorance and refusal to even acknowledge facts is just shameful.

AH

November 30th, 2009
12:20 pm

@Atticus Finch That seems to be a trend doesn’t it?? Those pesky neighborhood leaders keep supporting that damnable Norwood. It has something to do with the fact that over the past 8 years she has always been there for the neighborhoods. Some say that is a misappropriation of resources that politicians should only show up are election time and ignore people the rest of the time.

Kanye West

November 30th, 2009
12:21 pm

Mary Norwood doesn’t care about black people.

Grant Park Resident

November 30th, 2009
12:23 pm

Rick:

Atlanta is ALREADY destroyed…

We need somone to put it back together again.

Since you want to know my demographic, I’m a gay black man living in Grant Park.

I don’t vote party. I vote who can lead this city into prosperity, and accountability…

I live on a very mixed street. White, Black, Hispanic, Straight, Gay, Old, Young.

I’m an educated Psychologist who graduated from the University of Kentucky.

I’m voting my taxes, ethics, and accountability this time around.

Thanks.

Atticus Finch

November 30th, 2009
12:27 pm

MARTA’s mess stems from the same source that everyone else’s has. It’s the economy STUPID!! Marta’s tax revenues are down just like everyone else’s and to operate in a metro-area with no state support is absolutely appaling (and one of the few in the country), but I guess once the Republicans get it everything will be o.k. because they have all the answers. Yeah right, those clowns can’t even keep the state afloat without furloughs and lay-offs.

The Airport is spiraling?!?!? Come on now, Atlanta’s aiport is consistently ranked #1 in the country and has been and remains a CASH-COW!! I swear, these Republicans will say anything.

Please provide proof that Atlanta Airport is spiralin.

Thanks!

Atticus Finch

November 30th, 2009
12:30 pm

@Grant Park Resident

No one cares that you are black or gay. Misinformers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and orientations. You are either purposelly misleading people or you really don’t know what you’re talking about. If you are voting based on the things you speak of, then there’s no way you are familiar with Norwood’s record.

Rick

November 30th, 2009
12:31 pm

Ok Grant Park who cares what your sexual preference but I wondering do you know why you voting for Norwood. She been caught lieing several time. Did you really watch the debate the host of the debate was trying to speak to Reed and Norwood kept jumping in the conversation without any concern that he was not talking to her she look like a fool on that stage. I was laughing so hard at her, yoo should heard my phone ring last nite. My friends and neighbor was calling me talking about how Norwood made herself look like a fool on that stage. I think people are coming around to see Norwood is not capable of being mayor for Atlanta.
We need a leader not a Republican leader=Mary Norwood.

Vote for Kasim Reed

MC W

November 30th, 2009
12:37 pm

@Rick:

http://www.amazon.com/Remedial-English-Evan-Smith/dp/0822209446

I thought this might be mean, but it is oh-so-relevant. I’m pretty sure the Reed campaign wants you to take a break from posting now.

AH

November 30th, 2009
12:41 pm

Atticus Finch and Rick both Reed supporters don’t care about gay black people, what a sad state of affairs we have here.

W.T.

November 30th, 2009
12:45 pm

I live in SE Atlanta. I have been on the fence for a very long time. Just last week I have made my decision. I have been to numerous debates, read numerous articles and followed this campaign intensely for a very long time. Mary has gained the respect of most communities in Atlanta because she showed up and would listen. When she speaks, your gut tells you, she has a real understanding of the problems in this city and knows what she is talking about. For me, Kasim has not demonstrated that. He has not been availible and does not have a real understanding of the problems/solutions in Atlanta. He is banking on endorsements of other politians that helped Atlanta into this mess, to win this election. The reality is, he is in a very subtle way playing the race card.As much as I would like for the next mayor to be African American, he is in no way prepared for this job.

I am African American and I will be voting for Mary Norwood on tommorrow. This city is in CRITCAL condition. Anyone that has made this city their home really needs to think hard about this.