22 comments

  1. CobbGOPer says:

    I’m sure he’d be a damn sight better than Shirley Franklin, though I still don’t think he’ll run. I mean seriously, who wants the kind of hassle that comes with running Atlanta?

  2. ChuckEaton says:

    I think Clark is one of the few who could break the patronage machine that exists in the City of Atlanta.

  3. Chris says:

    Clark is the kinda guy who will ask himself: “Can I do more good as mayor of Atlanta than I do on my daily radio show?”

    I’m afraid the answer to that question is no.

  4. Mark Rountree says:

    In 1997, my firm actually polled the city of Atlanta to test a head to head with Clark Howard, Bill Campbell and Marvin Arrington.

    This was prior to Campbell being indicted & convicted, of course.

    Clark Howard won the head-to-head ballot test in a strong plurality.

  5. StevePerkins says:

    Roundtree unintentionally raises another point… hasn’t Clark’s name come up for EVERY mayoral election over the past 10 or more years? This isn’t exactly a new thought that’s popped into Atlanta Magazine’s head. Every time there’s an election… Clark appears to think about it, works up a bunch of press (and his show’s ratings), and then ultimately declines. It’s a Newt Gingrich style move, with no serious intent behind it. If he really wanted to run, he would have done so by now.

  6. Mike Hauncho says:

    I still think it is too early for a white man to win in the City of Atlanta. He might make a great mayor but his skin color is wrong.

  7. ChuckEaton says:

    Cathy Woolard, who is white, won Atlanta City Council President against Michael Bond, who is black, in 2000. I remember it was a hard fought race.

  8. griftdrift says:

    In Atlanta politics, race matters but these days business matters more. Wrap up the business community and you are that much closer to a win. Which actually might be a bigger obstacle for Clark given his outspokeness on calling out the big corporations.

  9. Doug Deal says:

    grift,

    Big corporations are not the entire business community. Small and medium sized business employ many more workers and contribute much more to the economy than the GM’s of the world.

    Much of what Clark speaks out against are the excesses of major corporations, which harm not only the consumer but many small business consumers of those big business services.

    And, the liberal fantasy of mustache twirling masterminds plotting the destruction of mankind from the helm of all the major corporations is just that, a fantasy.

  10. northside elephant says:

    Atlanta just would not be the same without all of the nepotism and corruption. Who would decide who gets airport concession contracts… the market forces?

    How would the city shool system buy computers… through transparent, competitive bidding?

    No Clark would not be good for Atlanta… unless he has some family ties to drug dealers that we don’t know about.

  11. kendrial says:

    At least your mayor knows what Gay Marriage is. When past Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams was asked “do you support civil unions”. Adams, responded, “Yes, I think that the fire stations should unionize”. I can’t make this stuff up folks.

  12. griftdrift says:

    Interesting way to pivot that into I am portraying some sort of liberal fantasy.

    Of course the business community is made up of more than the major corporations. But who do you think every mayor since Ivan Allen has gone to to pull the strings in Atlanta? The Silver Skillet or Georgia Power?

    My point was not that corporations are evil. My point is a more realistic view of obstacles for Clark Howard would be how the business leaders react as opposed to this continuing myth perpetuated by some here that Atlanta is run by black folk and the white folk never stand a chance.

    But hey? What do I know. I’ve just been here for over 20 years. Most of the time right out there with my anti-corporate, socialist wacko brothers and sisters. Fight the power!

  13. Doug Deal says:

    grift, I actually didn’t mean you in that, but actually mindless kool-aid drinking liberal types who think every corporation is out to kill babies for profit. THEY DO EXIST. Just like the god (or the devil depending on if it is good or bad) in everything Conservatives. I disfavor both groups. You just seemed to be playing to that “truth”, but not advocating it.

    There are obstacles to all candidates. I do not think major business leaders would come out against Clark, because they often care about good city management as much as whether he might crack down on bad business practices.

  14. rugby_fan says:

    “But who do you think every mayor since Ivan Allen has gone to to pull the strings in Atlanta?”

    I thought it was the Center for Puppetry Arts where they pulled strings in Atlanta.

  15. griftdrift says:

    Actually I would support Clark. And I think you are right, Doug. I think he could win the business leaders over. I’m just making a point that the power that rule Atlanta elections have much more to do with the color green than black or white. And that was true for Shirley, Dollar Bill, Maynard, Sam and Ivan.

    In fact, it is telling that those who want to continue to harp on the whole Black ‘Lanta thing conveniently forget how much criticism Mayor Shirley and those before her received from the “community” for perceived kowtowing to the Midtown/Buckhead high rises.

    But why should some people, especially those who live outside the city and have no clue, deal with the facts when they can live in their little racial fantasy world?

    And to be clear, Doug, the last was not aimed at you.

  16. Still Looking says:

    Two Questions

    Clark will have to combat Mary Norwood, Lisa Borders and Kwanza Hall. The business and white community will be split among Borders, Howard and Norwood. Borders has to be favored at this point as City Council president and her job with Cousins giving her the best connections to the traditional power brokers. Norwood is a tireless campaigner and knows a thing or two about robo calls. Hall is a graduate from MIT, worked for Goldman Sachs and has connections to Andy Young. Can Howard’s name recognition and credibility go far enough to knock out these other folks who have busting it for years? Will tight-wad Clark spend his own money or take political contributions?

  17. Doug Deal says:

    grift,

    I agree. Green is the color behind most issues, even black/white.

    Clark would be a very good choice for mayor, and probably even a better governor. It’s fun to imagine a Governor Clark having the state buy items with coupons.

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