Group says Mary Norwood a threat to African-Americans.

A group called the Black Leadership Forum is claiming that African-Americans in Atlanta are in danger of losing access to the Mayor’s office if Mary Norwood is elected. The answer to this looming disaster? Elect Lisa Borders. Aaron Turpeau writes this:

“Time is of the essence because in order to defeat a Norwood (white) mayoral candidacy we have to get out now and work in a manner to defeat her without a runoff, and the key is a significant Black turnout in the general election,” Turpeau wrote.

Black voters typically vote less frequently in run-off elections than White voters do, so Turpeau’s notion that a candidate supported by White voters has a better chance in a run-off is supported by historical trends.

“The reasons support should be given to Lisa Borders is: 1) she is the best black candidate in the race who has a chance to win the election because she can attract downtown white support; and 2) based on polling data drawn from a host of sources between May 2009 and July 2009, the numbers suggest Borders is growing stronger as we move closer to the election, while the most recent polling data suggests that the other black candidates are falling further behind over the same period,” Turpeau wrote.

“By coming out for Borders now would eliminate Reed, Spikes and Thomas as viable candidates. Some would argue that if the polling data is correct then those candidates who are only polling at 8%, 2% and 1% respectfully, are already effectively out of the race; and… It is unlikely that there will be a unified preference among existing black leadership and in the African American community for one candidate prior to the general election,” Turpeau wrote.

Also according to Turpeau, most of the candidates for Mayor are *gasp* Republicans.

“While some may think that Franklin represents the last link to the Jackson Machine, it is not widely known that both Borders and Reed are directly connected to Franklin; or that Spikes and Thomas are Republicans, as is Norwood,” Turpeau wrote.

I don’t know how to react to this other than to laugh.

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  1. Icarus says:

    Sen. Kasim Reed’s statment on this via the tipline:

    “Not only do I find these comments racially charged and vitriolic, I completely repudiate them because they are fundamentally wrong and do not belong in today’s society. I call on Ms. Borders to do the right thing and denounce such divisive, racist language immediately.

    “These tactics divide the very community that has made Atlanta emerge as a leading city in the South and dishonors the legacies of Mayors Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young, Ivan Allen, Sam Massell, and William Hartsfield. This campaign should be waged on the merits of each candidate, not the color of their skin.”

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      Well almost everything mentioned involves race and not qualifications…so maybe you have something there.

  2. wmo says:

    Nice quick response from Reed. If I was into conspiracy theories I might wonder who this Black Leadership Forum is and who they’re REALLY supporting….

  3. drjay says:

    well if spikes is a gop–he is a gop with adonation record going back to the 80’s for such gop stalwarts as max cleland and bill bradley and cynthia mckinney and buddy darden also, he maxed out to obama last year–so i guess i see their point…

  4. Jack K. says:

    Wow! Something tells me Borders knew about what Turpeau was doing and if she didn’t, she should have. Turpeau’s been pushing for her for a while.

    • ByteMe says:

      Let’s start with this guy not having a real organization with real people behind it, but piggy-backing on the name of a well-known national umbrella organization started 30+ years ago.

      So you write a memo with a fake organization name and no one real behind it, place the memo with a buddy on a progressive blog, and suddenly it’s a huge sensation. But none of it was real in the first place… other than the guy wanting to push his candidate by using race baiting.

        • ByteMe says:

          Who cares? Really. Who cares? He’s a no one with a made-up organization. It’s like wasting time on Joe Shmoe talking about how he represents really important people in his trailer park and believes that his candidate needs to win or Atlanta won’t be friendly to trailer park people.

          Who cares?

          • ByteMe says:

            Exactly. But because it has a black-white component, it brings out the oppressed white folks to complain about it.

            But, hey, whatever drives up site visits, right?

          • Icarus says:

            No, at least not in this case, I don’t think so.

            I worked a City of Atlanta Mayor’s race once. For someone used to doing suburban Atlanta Republican primaries, it was facinating. The dynamics are totally unfamiliar and not easy for an outsider to comprehend, especially a Republican outsider.

            A lot of us here write about the insight we have. When you’re talking about Democrat primaries, or even more strangely, City of Atlanta politics, we don’t have the same reference points, and can’t connect the dots as fast or accurately.

          • griftdrift says:

            He’s far from no one.

            This is what everyone has been waiting for with bated breath – the machine to rise up anoint someone. We’ll see if it’s just a last gasp.

          • ByteMe says:

            Ic, ok, I understand your reference point now. I’ve lived in and around ATL for 20+ years now, the rhythms seem normal to me.

  5. mondaymorningqb says:

    As a Republican in the City of Atlanta, I am offended that anyone would consider Mary Norwood a Republican.

    That said, Borders must be feeling the heat of both Norwood and Reed. It doesn’t help that her campaign has been anemic since being reluctantly talked back into the race by Cousins and a few of the other fossilized, so-called “business” leaders of the city.

    I guess Borders feels that the only way to win this one is take a page out of the Emma Darnell playbook: scare the old biddies into going to the polls one more time. We’ll see if it will work again….

  6. benevolus says:

    I wonder if that is on the Black Leadership Forum letterhead? If so, it is an embarrassment to that organization and all their affiliates, not to mention a disgrace to the legacy they purport to uphold.

    The BLF needs to disown and disavow this crap asap.

  7. tocallaghan says:

    Mary Norwood is by no means a Republican. She is just a populist.

    Borders already has the support of white people downtown. If she gets the Atlanta’s black elite behind her, she is my next mayor.

  8. Jack K. says:

    Borders is apparently talking big business on the north side of the city and race baiting on the south. *sigh*

  9. bryce says:

    Either this kind of political talk is ok or it’s not. What the Northsiders think does not matter much. If the black community thinks this kind of rhetoric is just fine or if we try to find a way to not address it…we can count on the next twenty years looking a lot like the last twenty.

  10. B Balz says:

    As the inevitable and ever present putrid stench of race debuts in the Atlanta mayoral race, a critical bit of the city’s building code ordinance is obsfucated.

    The buzz about proposed Atlanta Sustainable Building Ordinance proposal is palpable among those in the construction, real estate, and development community. This new ordinance does NOTHING, as currently drafted, to improve Atlanta’s market driven approach to developing ‘sustainable’ structures.

    The ace race baiters predictably invoked their well worn ‘card’.

  11. Unc Nunkie says:

    So will we have a DEMOcracy (government by the people), or a “DERMAcracy (governemnt by skin color)?

    Also, (mea culpa for being so critical) Mr. Turpeau’s writing is so tortured, one wonders if English is his second language. Everyone would be better served if he were to set aside politics and devote himself to a high school English class.

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