On Sunday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC program that focuses on African-American politics. The topic was redistricting, but Reed turned the conversation toward the need for Democrats to focus on down-ticket contests – and make use of the party’s advantage with young people.
Said Reed, who is up for re-election this year:
“I don’t worry about somebody who’s 50 or 60 running against me for mayor. I worry about somebody that’s 20 or 30 with 40 friends that can get out and knock on [5,000 and 10,000] and 15,000 doors. That’s really the path forward for us. And folks like me that have opportunities have to build our staffs with young people.
“The COO for the city of Atlanta is 36 years old. My chief of staff’s 43 years old. My city attorney’s 45 years old. I’ve got a senior advisor who’s 30. We’ve got to live this.”
As soon as my walker gets out of the shop, I’ll work my way down to City Hall to talk this out with the mayor over a couple of tall, cold glasses of Metamucil.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider