Mary Norwood drums up cash for a recount

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood, now officially the second-place finisher in Tuesday’s vote, apparently is hurting for money to finance a recount. This e-mail arrived last night:

Where we stand: This race is not over. Out of over 84,000 votes cast, there are just over 700 votes separating me and Kasim Reed. Unfortunately, because our opponent raised almost twice as much as we did, in order to meet all of our Get Out The Vote expenses we had to spend every dollar we raised during the runoff. Since we are within 1% of each other, there will be an automatic recount.

While we fight through the recount we need to keep the campaign operational and meet the expenses that come with a recount. This will be a costly process. We are still operational with very few paid staff and dozens of volunteers who are ready to fight for
what’s right and fight until the last legitimate vote is counted.

If we can raise another $30,000 we will be able to deploy a 100%, full force effort to make sure every vote of every Atlanta citizen is heard during these last days of the campaign.

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129 comments Add your comment

Gregory

December 5th, 2009
9:36 am

Oats to a dead horse.

Red Clay

December 5th, 2009
9:45 am

Since your opponent outraised and outran you during the runoff LOL

Lionhead

December 5th, 2009
9:49 am

She should request that Ralph Long, Able Mable and Glenn Thomas return all the funds she gave to them, since that didn’t work out so well.

Hal

December 5th, 2009
9:50 am

REEDS VOTERS INCLUDE,MICKEY AND MINNIE MOUSE, ELVIS PRESLEY, MANARD JACKSON. ACORN GOT THE VOTE OUT.

Chris Broe

December 5th, 2009
10:13 am

Do you think Norwood is in it to win it?

Norwood comes across like John Madden in that old commercial where he bursts through the fence and says, “Wait a minute, the games not over! The guy stepped out of bounds! I want a replay!”

or something like that, I wonder if I can google the script…aw, why bother?

Kris

December 5th, 2009
10:19 am

Kasim Reed will probably win, but it’s not going to be the same as the incompetant and crooked Campbell and Franklin Administrations. There’s not a mandate this time. Reed had better do whats right and not hire a bunch of cronies from the Franklin Administration. If he does he might find himself out of a job as quickly as he can say RECALL!!!

PoliticOracle

December 5th, 2009
10:23 am

Thi8 is a process that all should resepect, even though there is no scenario that woould be favorable to her. Mayor-elect Reed has already chosen a great COO in Aman and I believe he’s going to really shock a lot of people with his governance. He has a strong impetus to do a great job, simply because he is so young and his career is reall just at its beginning.

seriously...

December 5th, 2009
10:28 am

PoliticOracle stop sucking up.. seriously. you got your bonus from Reed winning.. now go away. Reed is going to be a Shirley Franklin, Jr.. no surprise or real “governance” there.

PoliticOracle

December 5th, 2009
10:35 am

@seriously…

Sucking up huh? I still don’t know the guy personally, looking foraward to meeting him though. There is nothing that suggests he is a Shirley Jr. In fact, this selection of Aman was a pretty smart move since Bain studied the city’s finances in and out and not all of their recommendations were implemeneted. Stop being a detractor and give the man the opportunity to lead. You people kill me with your pessimism. I bet you don’t even live in the city.

PoliticOracle

December 5th, 2009
10:48 am

By the way, seriously. How much did Norwood pay you for your services? Let me guess, this fundraiser is for you. Are you Roman Levit? I had hear that he was Jackalope. If so you owe me dinner, but we can call it even since you guys are now hard-up for money.

OldSchoolAl

December 5th, 2009
10:48 am

It is still amazing to me that (Mayah) Norwood and all of her supporters continue to bash the Franklin administration and claim that they can fix all of the problems at CH. I don’t personally know either of the candidates, but at least Reed was not intimately involved (Council president) in the Franklin administration. The jury is still out as to what he can/may do, but I think we have already seen what Norwood would do. She will continue what has already been going on (with her blessings, at that!)

Atl Resident

December 5th, 2009
10:49 am

First, Norwood needs to concede cause she is lacking confidence in herself right about now. And what makes you think Reed is going to be next Shirely Franklin? That’s so racist of a comment and he’s not in office yet. Hell, what makes you think Norwood is better, she can’t even keep her head up straight while she talks.

Jason

December 5th, 2009
10:50 am

Costly process? It’s computerized voting. The election officials press the same button on the computer as before and it gives the same answer. The paper ballots, of which there are under 1000, will be manually recounted. The whole process will take a couple of hours.

If Norwood needs money, she should just say that she overspent her election account and needs money so she doesn’t have any personal debt when it is all over. Any money raised by her now will have zero effect on the recount. There simply is no connection between the two.

It appears that this is about the campaign having enough money to repay the loans Mary Norwood made to it. It’s money to go in her pocket, not for the proces of voting. If people want to give Norwood money to reward her for fighting so hard, that is up to them. Just don’t get tricked into thinking giving Mary money now will have any effect at all on the recount because it can’t and it won’t.

Shame&Sham

December 5th, 2009
10:54 am

Mary Norwood should be ashamed of herself, asking people for their hard-earned money during the holiday season and these sketchy economic times. You lost! It was close, but you lost! Let the city move forward. Her campaign spent 18mths bashing Mayor Franklin, some of which was waranted, and pointing fingers at everyone’s shortcomings save her own. Reed is now mayor and he should be given the opportunity to move forward and he has already started out well with his appointment of Peter Aman.

@OldSchoolAl

December 5th, 2009
10:55 am

Reed supported Franklin’s reelection, which makes him personally responsible for any short comings of her administration and the economic times in which it took place. Of course, since Franklin was elected with over 90% of the vote, most of the city is just as responsible and should all admit that they’re part of the Jackson-Franklin-Acorn machine.

Funny how so many supported Franklin when she was up for reelection but now pretend they never liked her and that anyone who did is somehow now a cog in a vast governing conspiracy. It’s kind of like how in the 1960s the majority of Southerners were supportive of segregation but ask anyone now who was alive back then, you can’t find any of them that will admit to it.

No Change At All

December 5th, 2009
11:00 am

Campbell = Franklin = Reed

They’re all corrupt thieves!! We know that Mary is the Mayor and this election was stolen by ACORN.

CG

December 5th, 2009
11:00 am

OK Atlanta you get Reed. Congratulations on continuing the corruption.

Eliseyes

December 5th, 2009
11:01 am

Mary Norwood appears bitter and God read her heart. The city is hurting financially and she is asking for money. Is this about Mary or the citizen.
Well, Mary will be sad during this holiday season because she will have to eat this election.

atlantagirl

December 5th, 2009
11:14 am

Reed RAN BOTH of Shirley’s campaigns, AND worked for the Campbell administration. But you just continue to believe that he’s some sort of ‘outsider.’ He did a great job convincing people.

Oh, and he moved into the city less than two years ago. So much for a ‘love of the city.’

Nathan Deal

December 5th, 2009
11:14 am

Did someone say money?

@Eliseyes

December 5th, 2009
11:15 am

You make a good point about God reading Mary’s heart. I always felt that God wouldn’t allow her to be sucessful, because of the malice she seemed to have in her heart and the prejudice she seemed to stir up. Her whole campaign was centered around tearing everyone else down and not much about her own plans and strengths. I believe the Lord has bestowed grace on America and Atlanta. Unemployment is easing in our country, Atlanta’s in the black and we are headed in the right direction. It’s really sad that some want President Obama and Mayor Reed to fail, because they weren’t supporting them. I wonder if they understand, their failures are our failures!

PoliticOracle

December 5th, 2009
11:25 am

Article I found onlinde

Franklin came into office in 2002 like a one-woman government, working 14-hour days, meeting endlessly with department heads and openly discussing the city’s problems and challenges with a refreshing candor.
The city was reeling – both financially and politically – from the mismanagement and indifference of Campbell, who left office under federal investigation.
He also left behind a $82 million budget deficit for Franklin to handle.
Peter Aman compares the state of the city then to that of a hit-and-run victim lying in the street: Yes, someone should call an ambulance, but first we need to stop the bleeding.
Aman is a senior partner with the Atlanta office of Bain & Co., an international management consulting firm that offered the incoming mayor a few months of pro bono assistance in sorting out city affairs. There were so many problems the company signed on for the next three years.
“People have lost sight of how broken the city was and how much has been fixed,” says Aman.
One example sticks out in Aman’s head: Auditors couldn’t figure out why a public works crew was racking up so much overtime until it was explained that their street-cleaning machine sprayed water only out of one side. Therefore they had to go down every street twice until the machine could be repaired. The city’s maintenance department had estimated it would be able to fix the machine – in another year.
And so it was throughout the city: wasteful practices, lousy communication, overspending. Aman’s company worked with the mayor’s transition team, which found the city’s workforce bloated with Friends of Bill who had the haziest of job descriptions.
According to a member of that team who asked not to be identified, Franklin’s administration was forced to conduct what amounted to a “crony inventory” – going floor to floor in City Hall, comparing employee rosters to payroll logs and asking office managers, “Do you recognize this name? What does he do? Have you ever seen him here?”
The morning of Franklin’s inauguration ceremony, she fired 100 city workers. In her efforts to erase the post-Campbell budget deficit and purge the payroll of dead wood, the new mayor ultimately eliminated 1,000 city positions. She deprivatized a city water system plagued by poor service. She merged traffic court and municipal court. She closed the old city jail and forced Fulton County to take custody of city convicts, as required by state statute.
Those were easy tasks, compared with selling the public on a tax hike of nearly 50 percent to cover the budget shortfall left by Franklin’s prison-bound predecessor. Or pushing the council into approving a $4 billion sewer program – complete with steep rate hikes – to satisfy federal consent orders and rescue the city from receivership. Or persuading the anti-Atlanta state Legislature to approve a citywide sales-tax referendum, and the Republican governor to agree to extend the city low-interest loans to help pay for the sewer work.
After these early triumphs – and, by all accounts, they were acts of political courage and perseverance – Franklin launched initiatives and appointed blue-ribbon commissions to work on a variety of ambitious goals: to end chronic homelessness; to create sustainable arts funding; to ensure affordable housing in the city; to build a civil rights museum; and to create the Beltline, a green transit corridor around the city’s core.
Yet the mayor, by her own admission, waited until 2005 – the final year of her first term – to begin a full-scale reform of the city finances. And when she did finally order an overhaul, it became the cure that almost killed the patient.

Herman

December 5th, 2009
11:39 am

@Shame&Sham Unfortunately that is the nature of politics. It’s disgusting to me that the only a person can distinguish themself from another is to bash, degrade, and step on them.

Chris Koch

December 5th, 2009
11:47 am

Thanks for a great article. We owe mayor Franklin a debt of gratitude for all she has done for the city and to characterize her as a corrupt thieve is dishonest at best.

Dead in the Water

December 5th, 2009
11:52 am

Mary isn’t looking to raise cash for a recount; she’s looking to retire her campaign debt. Her campaign is dead in the water and any other distractions from her camp is just a delay in uniting our city. Give it up folks, she lost. Let’s move on.

No Change At All

December 5th, 2009
11:55 am

@Dead – Our city will never be united. Especially after all kasim did to tear it apart!

PoliticOracle

December 5th, 2009
11:57 am

@No Change At All

What exactly did Mayor-elect Reed do to tear the city apart?

Reality

December 5th, 2009
12:04 pm

PoliticOracle, thanks for putting things into perspective. The Franklin haters seem to have short term memory loss.

No Change At All

December 5th, 2009
12:17 pm

@PolitcOracle – How bout physical threats, voter intimidation, bribery? I witnessed it all first hand.

PoliticOracle

December 5th, 2009
12:30 pm

Are you saying that Kasim Reed physically threatened you, intimidated voters and bribed witnesses? Did you alert the authorties or the media? This would be the biggest story of the century! I willing to be dollars for doughnuts that you didn’t experience any of those things, yoiu’re just another victimology-stricken Norwood supporter that bought into her entitlement to the mayor’s office. Atlanta owes Mary Norwood nothing, she actually hasn’t done much for the city.

It is really sad that our city can’t move forward as a city.

OldSchoolAl

December 5th, 2009
12:36 pm

To @OldSchoolAl – I always find it funny when some of you decide when it convenient that one person can do everything. Our political system is full of checks and balances. So, even if Reed did “run” Shirley’s two campaigns (which if my memory serves me right, he didn’t), he could not do anything after she won. That was left to Norwood and her fellow council people. I agree with Seriously, Franklin haters seem to have short term memory loss, and I will add to that, Norwood has done an excellent job unifying the Franklin haters and turning them into race baiters!

no problem here

December 5th, 2009
12:42 pm

I think the promise to provide heated shelters for the muggers is what threw the vote over to his advantage.

Mr. Thomas Anthony "The Taxman Cometh" Jones, SR (Lt. Col. Waf-SS, ret.)

December 5th, 2009
12:59 pm

As an native borned Atlantan (Harrison Hospital on Hunter Street in the West End)I call Mrs. Norwood to drop this insanity. She has no chance of winning in a recount. She is spliting this city along racisl laine with her insanne desire to steal the mayor’s elcetion from our man. “Atlanta the City to busy to Hate.” is waht the slogan of Atlanta says Mrs. Norwood, Not the city to busy to care. Buckhead’s days of ruling the city is over. Being from Buckhead and having all that money is a negative in my book. I remember what Craig Shelton of Cabbagetown use to say, “Never trust the Buckhead crowdm they are all about the money. You can’t trust them further than you can throw them. If craig Shelton said then you have to believe them. Take the job that Mr. Reed offers you, Mrs. Norwood and quit the recount nonsense.

The Dogfighter Returns

December 5th, 2009
1:06 pm

folks the mayor is like the president, just a cheerleader who cannot do anything without congress/city council. Everyone is made to believe that the mayor or president can do a whole lot simply by being elected into office.

My perspective is any fool can do the job, stop wasting money on silly campaigns.

Most of the registered voters stayed at home (unless they were all locked up) anyway. By the end of they ear no one will even know the difference between kaseem and kashief.

God's Atlanta

December 5th, 2009
1:11 pm

The Lord favored Mayor-elect Reed to win this election. Those 715 votes could’ve easily gone to Mary Norwood, but Mr. Reed got them. Please let’s come together around our new leader and support him for the benefit of our city’s progress and prosperity.

Times up

December 5th, 2009
1:21 pm

If anyone doubted that Kasim Reed would be more of the same, look who he appointed as Chief Operating Office – Peter Aman. Another corporate, insider operator, who has zero experience running a city or county government – ZERO. Just like the last COO, Greg Giornelli.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Atl Resident

December 5th, 2009
1:29 pm

After reading all the dumb comments about judging Kasim when he hasn’t even stepped into a damn office yet shows where some people are really ignorant and judgmental which is sad. We need to evaluate character and talent first instead of one’s damn race. Period.

Pick Up Truck Liberal

December 5th, 2009
1:41 pm

I’m reluctant to add my comments to this list that includes so many bigots and hypocrites but here goes anyway. You Reed Democrats who now oppose this lawful recount by Mary Norwood need to remember Al Gore and the 2000 theft of his presidency in Florida. We needed a recount then and we need one now in Atlanta if Kasim Reed’s victory is to have ANY legitimacy. Those who are blaming this close vote on ACORN –and we can be pretty sure they are Republicans– they need to shut the hell up. But for all the money that Kasim threw into the race and all the endorsements from the Black Elite, his supporters should be asking him why he could only win by 700 votes. A lot of courageous African – Americans voted for Norwood and saw she was a fair person who would fight for reform and improve services in south Atlanta and north. And yes, there is racist pressure from some blacks on others to vote only for other blacks. That has been well documented in this campaign. It should not surprise anyone if several hundred votes out of 82,000 are invalid —cast by people who no longer live in the City of Atlanta due to foreclosures etc. Let the recount happen and settle the issue. If irregularities are found — Norwood should pursue them. PS: Roy Barnes, your involvement in this race has cost you the support of a bunch of Democrats. Good luck King Roy.

Capital Insider

December 5th, 2009
1:43 pm

Norwood is wasting taxpayer funds on a recount that will not change the outcome. Suck it up girl you lost….

Sick and Tired ATL resident

December 5th, 2009
1:50 pm

These comments are very interesting.

@ PoliticOracle do you use the name to imply the horrible accounting system, Oracle that does NOT WORK and that YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMEBERS AND MAYOR VOTED TO HAVE and spent ALL OF THOSE MILLIONS on a d*** system that hardly ever works!!!!!

Can Oracle keep up with all of the mess in the accounting system, or better yet spent all of those millions of dollars, dollars they could have spent on something else.

Politic Oracle who is going to be layed-off or fired next? Seems like you have all of the answers.

Be careful Kasim, honestly really don’t matter who the Mayor is, all of the liabilities….law suits, etc.

Folks ain’t as dumb as you may think they are. Hope the City can keep up with all the liabilities…

Before, During and After all this mess is straighten out, if it will ever be.

Good luck to whomever the Mayor will be, cause you sure as hell are gonna need it!

Sick and Tired ATL resident

December 5th, 2009
1:55 pm

@Pick Up Truck Liberal….Amen.

Be careful who you support. Folks are tired of the crap (****).

Sick and Tired ATL resident

December 5th, 2009
2:01 pm

@Times Up, look who he worked for…SF. who did SF support Kasim Reed and it goes on and on and on…

Maybe Karen Handel, FBI, Justice Dept. need to get involve. If Kasim was really straight up he should have invitied all of them to look into all of these allegations.

Maybe somebody should call them. There WAS ILLEGAL VOTING FOLKS.

If the people REALLY want change and clean up City Hall just DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!!!

Karen where are you when we need you?

Capital Insider

December 5th, 2009
2:12 pm

@Sick and Tired ATL resident – on what basis have you concluded there was illegal voting – where’s the evidence?

atlantagirl

December 5th, 2009
2:21 pm

Mary Norwood has been in every inch of this city – as a city council person and before, and has been to talk with people to help them, she has done an incredibly amount of work in neighborhoods where no one had ever seen any elected officials for decades.
Franklin has done…what? She lobbied city council to change the pension plans, from what I understand – council was given numbers that weren’t anywhere near reality – and now we have a pension idiocy crisis with the city budget. It’s disgusting. It has helped put us in this awful budgeting position – and hasn’t done the one thing we were promised it would, which is retain police and fire fighters. Kasim can keep his promise (perhaps) to hire 750 police officers – but the problem isn’t the hiring of people, it is the retaining of the police. How is he going to do that? No one has indicated. I do hope he keeps his promise and gets rid of the pension system and goes to social security. Atlanta has no business running a pension plan, anyway.
Have you tried to call 911 lately? It doesn’t work – people are put on hold for 30 minutes or more. It worked only a few years ago, relatively okay, but it has been deteriorating quite a bit.
The city keeps getting fined for things it shouldn’t be (late payments to pension plans, anyone?) and that seems to keep happening. Remember how badly the water system was privatized? Well, they went back to it being run by the city – and it’s AWFUL. I have neighbors who get $5000 bills – and there is NO ONE in the city who can help them. They must pay these bills or they get their water turned off. But there are plenty of businesses (or universities…) who don’t pay their bills for YEARS and nothing gets done to THEM.
No, the city is not working well.
All those people in buckhead you hate because they work hard and earn money, well, um, first of all, why do you care, but anyway – they’re the ones who are paying the taxes in the city. (and I do not live in buckhead). Anyway – if all those people leave, who’s going to pay the bills in the city? My husband and I are (hopefully) on our way out soon enough – that takes out tax paying citizens who no longer want to do business with the city (and, um, selling 3 properties in the city and one near the city). You don’t want us here, we’ll go, gladly. And take our income producing tax paying selves. :)

WiseWoman

December 5th, 2009
2:35 pm

I, too, received Mary’s email last evening. I was disappointed that, in a final appeal, she still couldn’t just be honest. (You should hear some of the false accusations that were made by her supporters through robo-calls the final weekend. I was appalled!) If she needs money to retire her debt, she should have just said so. As Hilary Clinton showed with grace, there’s no dishonor in asking for help.

But there is dishonor in making statements like this: “If we can raise another $30,000 we will be able to deploy a 100%, full force effort to make sure every vote of every Atlanta citizen is heard during these last days of the campaign. ”

What 100% full force effort??…are you kidding, Mary????? All you’re really able to do is ask for a recount. There are no more voices to be heard and the “campaign” is not in its last days….it’s over! Kasim Reed came from behind by 10 points and Mary’s percentage of support NEVER changed throughout the run-off.

So now, we will wait for the recount, a delay of the inevitable. When the final count is REALLY final, I hope Mary will be gracious when she concedes and will do it quickly. Time to move on and get to the business of making Atlanta great.

Mary Norwood mess up

December 5th, 2009
2:37 pm

Where Teela HA HA Norwood lost, now she asking for a recount tell her to give up it over with. Teela go pack your bag with Mary Norwood.

The Dogfighter Returns

December 5th, 2009
2:43 pm

atlanta girl as we say here in GA, Delta is ready whenever you are. Don’t let the gate door hit you while you are boarding the plane.

:) :) :) :)

Mary Norwood mess up

December 5th, 2009
2:48 pm

Thank you WiseWoman somebody needed to come out and speak the true from Norwood camp. That said how she want to use her supporters money to pay her debt. Norwood campaign was in shamble from day 1.

Two Atlantas

December 5th, 2009
2:57 pm

Anyone look at the voting maps? 95% of north (white) Atlanta voted for the white candidate. 95% of south (black) Atlanta voted for the black candidate. It’s all right there in the numbers. What has really “changed”?

Here’s a suggestion: Let’s split into two cities: North Atlanta and South Atlanta. Let each elect its own Mayor. And let’s see which one is driven into the dirt by corruption and incompetence within a few years. Any guesses on which one it would be? Be honest now…

QueenBea

December 5th, 2009
3:02 pm

Hope no one will waste their money…It’s so sad when people who are dead won’t die…Sad..Let it go Mary.It will hurt your chances next time