On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, the decision by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign to focus on Republican Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital past was again an issue.
But Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, unlike Newark, N.J., Cory Booker, made no apologies. In fact, he criticized Democrats – former President Bill Clinton implicit among them – who are demanding that Obama “fight with one hand tied behind his back.” Watch here:
Reed sent out advance notice of his appearance last night to fellow Democrats, with this closing message that indicates he may be about to take a larger role in state party doings:
”My goal is to represent your voice — Georgia Democrats — as we head toward victory in November together.”
Kerwin Swint, the political scientist over at Kennesaw State University, today posted his observations on Reed as an emerging national figure, but closes with this bit of criticism:
The Atlanta Airport has a 30-year plus history of sweetheart deals and so called “pay-to-play” contracting. Kasim Reed didn’t create that environment of course, but he is now knee-deep in it, with an opportunity to do something about it. But unlike his Newark, NJ counterpart Cory Booker, who instituted pay-to-play reform in his city, Reed hasn’t even tried to reform city procurement. He sees no need. And to hear him tell it, he sees no problems.
That’s a pretty big blind spot for an emerging national political player.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider