Why is Mary Norwood the frontrunner?

Watch the ad below and you’ll know why Mary Norwood will probably be Atlanta’s next Mayor. It’s a homerun in my opinion.

69 comments

  1. Angry Taxpayer says:

    Everyone thought Obama could not win because white people would go into the polls and vote against him – certainly did not work out that way. Regardless of my opinion of President Obama’s politics and performance, I am glad that it did not turn out to be a vote on racial lines.

    That in context, I often hear on the Northside of Atlanta that while I am voting for Mary she can’t win because she is white. On the Southside I hear Mary is going to win. You figure it out.

  2. griftdrift says:

    I don’t either Jay, but she does have a couple of huge advantages. She has citywide support because she was an at-large councilperson. Also she was in early whereas Reed was in the legislature and Borders was waffling. It’s gonna be close.

  3. Icarus says:

    When Kasim Reed wins the mayors race, please remember that he spent most of his campaign in 3rd place among the three major candidates.

    Just don’t try to tell the Ox folks that polls a year out or even 2 months out don’t matter. It’s all they have, so please let them cling to it a little longer.

  4. Progressive Dem says:

    Great ad. Great soundbites, but that doesn’t make her a great mayor. She has not been particularly effective on City Council . She’s a dynamo candidate, but really doesn’t have the strongest grasp of issues, i.e: like how to improve the accounting procedures that she claims lost $100 million.

    I will say this that I don’t know of any other county or city in Georgia that could field as strong a group of candidates for the top spot in local government as Reed, Borders, Spikes and Norwood.

  5. griftdrift says:

    It is a strong field. Combine that with a series of factors no one can calculate (re-gentrification, Norwood’s outreach to the AA community, business splitting all over the place) and you can see why this one has everyone befuddled.

      • Well, Chuck and I have probably dealt Norwood a fatal blow.

        Just wait until word spreads that Peach Pundit & Chuck Eaton like Mary Norwood.

        For the record I don’t live in Atlanta, can’t vote and I just like Norwood’s ad. I hope that helps repair the damage I’ve done Mary.

        • ChuckEaton says:

          You’re not too far off on the fatal blow. Galloway had a really funny piece on how the non-partisan mayoral candidates are trying to label each other something far worse being called a thief or a murderer, they are calling each other Republicans. These personal attacks and gutter campaign tactics make me sick to my stomach.

          The piece is called “The hunt for secret Republicans in Atlanta’s race for mayor.” http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2009/10/10/the-hunt-for-closeted-republicans-in-atlantas-race-for-mayor/

          • Game Fan says:

            I especially like this little nugget;

            “Someone asked her if she would be willing to be a (Republican) delegate, and she said yes out of curiosity,” Levit explained.

            She was just experimenting.

            (Because I had no idea becoming a Republican delegate could be sooooo easy.)

          • macho says:

            It might be easier to be a GOP delegate than you think. I’m sure she lives in John Lewis’ district, which is not exactly a bastion of Republican politics. But republican delegates are based on Congressional district (with a few at large delegates added to the mix), with the same number allocated to John Lewis’ district as Tom Price’s district. So if there weren’t a many people in the phone booth, willing to spend the bucks and time to head to the Convention, it might has been as simple as raising your hand and saying, “I’ll go.”

  6. Progressive Dem says:

    It is remarkable that the business community is probably more supportive of the black candidates than the white candidate.

    The reputation for black voters not showing up for the run-off will be thoroughly tested in this election.

    Norwood has another ace. She is using a firm that is very effective in targeting likely voters with direct mail and phone calls. This firm has a great track record in winning elections for state reps, county commisson, city council. Burrell Ellis used them in the primary and run-off and he clobbered his opponents.

    • It’s not all that remarkable. Business people want, above all else, stability and calm. If the activist community is happier with an African-American Mayor then the business community is happier.

      • Progressive Dem says:

        Yes, that’s it: the business community’s goals are to placate the “activist community.” Whatever the activist community is?

        A more ratonal view might be that the business community wants the efficient delivery of services, clean government, low taxes and low crime.

        The “activist community”…OMG.

        • I guess you think since ACORN shut down their Atlanta office there are no community activists in town.

          You’re “clean government” comment was pretty funny too. I doubt many people associate Atlanta City Hall with “clean government.”

          • Progressive Dem says:

            I said clean government is what the business community wants. Shirley Franklin went a long way to clean up after Campbell. Is it perfect, maybe not, but what little corruption that may exist is not driving business a way. The Chamber of Commerce would give Franklin pretty good marks for running a clean city. The sewer improvements, one of the largest infrastructure programs in the country has been well managed and scadal free.

            And if you think Acorn is a significant force in Atlanta politics, or that the business community is concerned about keeping them satisfied, you have no clue. You may want to enjoy some more of Glenn Beck’s Kool-aid.

        • Game Fan says:

          That’s ridiculous. The “business community” as it pertains to politics is that portion of the “business community” which feels the need to interact with politicians outside of the voting booth. A good portion would go belly up if they weren’t heavily involved in fraud, corruption, lobbying, nepotism, ect…

          Of course the REAL business community (more appropriately called the real private sector) would be more to the tune of “somebody keep these jackals off my back”. There’s a world of difference, Progressive.

  7. ChuckEaton says:

    I’ll be voting for Mary in the Mayor’s race. I’ve known her for a while, and during every issue we’ve worked on together she’s been full of energy and accountability. I’m still thinking about Mitchell vs. Muller for City Council President.

  8. Jasher says:

    “Basic Accounting Skills”? A DeVry graduate has basic accounting skills. Appoint a DeVry graduate as mayor!

    • macho says:

      A random DeVry graduate would probably have been a better choice versus our last few mayors. At least they wouldn’t have the need to grow the patronage machine.

  9. Rick Day says:

    already voted: Gave the nod to KR. He understands the city system without being beholding to any department heads, he is cozy with the legislature and would have no problems working with them for ATL, and has promised to roll back the 3AM bar closing. He also favors another “Adult Entertainment District” outside of Underground, to help resuscitate ATL night life.

    I also think he and his minions will sweep a lot of the old school NIMBYs on the NPUs.

    FWIW, although I do not reside in District 6, I am endorsing Steve Brodie because he has the political and managerial skills to hit the streets running his first day on the job. He is also a gadfly. Anything to shake up the status quo!

    • ChuckEaton says:

      “has promised to roll back the 3AM bar closing. ” I can’t understand why Kasim hasn’t made this the centerpiece of his television campaign.

  10. Rick Day says:

    Just got off the phone with the Big Guy to ask that question.

    Kidding.

    But if I did, he would probably say that with todays ‘gotcha’ politics and the GOP secretly/openly backing Norwood, someone woudl accuse him of hating on children, or some such nonsense.

  11. Skyler Akins says:

    I know nothing about Mary Norwood, other than she was once a GOP National Convention Delegate, but is running liberal-populist tv ads.

  12. Briardawg says:

    I am in the city and plan to vote for Norwood, Mitchell, anybody but Willis, Farohki, Brackman, Archibong, and then McPherson for House 58. I could easily vote for Borders, but really feel like Norwood is the only candidate who can clean house in ATL City Hall. Reed is a been-there, done-that kind of candidate for Atlanta.

  13. Romegaguy says:

    Let’s see… the same people that helped Snuggles and Campbell are helping Norwood. Sounds like a good reason to NOT vote for her

  14. Progressive Dem says:

    RomeGa, “Let’s see… the same people that helped Snuggles and Campbell are helping Norwood” Whattt???

  15. gt7348b says:

    As an Atlanta resident and public servant, I am NOT voting for Mary. Basically, while she is a brilliant campaigner and full of energy, she has neither the depth of experience or wisdom to recognize that as Mayor she needs staff. There is no way one person can do the entire job by being up on all issues. She flits from topic to topic, has not staying power and the fact that the Mayor has spoken with her twice personally really shows she is not capable of listening to anyone but herself. Not having the information she claims to need is a red herring. If you build bridges with other council members and staff you can get the information you need over her years on the Council. The fact that she hasn’t shows that she doesn’t have the experience or wisdom to recognize how to get a job done.

    In my honest opinion, she is going to win and be like the dog that caught the car. “Now what do I do?”

    Having said that, while I know I’m NOT voting for Mrs. Norwood, I still am completely undecided about for whom I’m going to vote. Any suggestions?

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      “There is no way one person can do the entire job by being up on all issues.”

      Well then I guess you will be looking for someone who is NOT up on all the issues, you don’t think anyone can do the job, or perhaps you are looking for someone to learn on the job. I’m not quite sure what you meant.

      Maybe you think she will demand that you provide service to the people of Atlanta for the dollars you are getting at work.

      I think she’s spending more time trying to get elected than building brides at this point because if she’s not elected, what good will those bridges do her?

  16. Sleepy Tom says:

    “In my honest opinion, she is going to win and be like the dog that caught the car. “Now what do I do?””

    Start by firing a whole lot of people would be a really great start.

  17. Technocrat says:

    Just what ATL needs is zero based employment, everyone needs to reapply over a 12 months period [to avoid a paper crunch][including HR department].

  18. gt7348b says:

    “Well then I guess you will be looking for someone who is NOT up on all the issues, you don’t think anyone can do the job, or perhaps you are looking for someone to learn on the job. I’m not quite sure what you meant.”

    That is why you have staff you trust to brief you. She has no evidence of support staff. No decent CEO of a major corporation is without effective lieutenants. You don’t usually see them in the limelight but they are there.

    Regarding the bridges, Mrs. Norwood should already have them built with various departments because of her years on the council. She shouldn’t need to be building them. I expect my mayor to be an effective executive which means leading a team and directing that team where you want the ship to go. While Mrs. Norwood has shown she has the passion and is a great advocate, she has not proven she is an effective at building a coalition to go in her direction despite years of opportunity on the council.

  19. Sleepy Tom says:

    “She shouldn’t need to be building them. I expect my mayor to be an effective executive which means leading a team and directing that team where you want the ship to go. While Mrs. Norwood has shown she has the passion and is a great advocate, she has not proven she is an effective at building a coalition to go in her direction despite years of opportunity on the council.”

    Yes, yes…and Shirley Franklin led a great city, didn’t she? NO. She didn’t.

    Quit BSing on all your thoughts of “how” and “what” makes a good manager. It’s not that they’ve built “coalitions” with departments prior to taking over.

    It’s that they are capable of recognizing what needs to be done, and what questions need to be asked. All your theory does is help produce the type of government Vernon Jones ran in DeKalb for 8 years: deeply embedded cronyism.

      • Dash Riptide says:

        The real color story in this race is the grocery bag test. Once Atlanta gets past that, maybe it really will start to be about merit above all else. Mary Norwood’s election might be considered a step toward color-blind mayoral elections, but I would argue that Kasim Reed’s election would be a much bigger step in that direction. Of course the Gray Lady missed that part of the story; it’s all just black and white to her.

    • AubieTurtle says:

      White light is the combo of all colors. An white object lacks pigment and thus reflects back all light. Shine a blue light on a “white” object and it looks blue. Shine a white light on a “blue” object it appears blue because all of the light except for the blue is absorbed.

      Black is the absence of all color… it is the absence of visible light. A truly black object absorbs all light, though there are very few truly black objects so what what most of us would say is black is something close but not quite there. Which is good because you wouldn’t want to walk into a black wall at night because you couldn’t see it against the blackness of night.

      This is why when you put lights of different colors together, be it stage lights or the LED in your flatscreen tv, they can produce white light while when you mix many different colors of pigment together you end up with something that gets closer and closer to black because the different pigments mixed in absorb more and more of the spectrum.

      This is a gross simplification but wikipedia has a good article with more details than anyone who isn’t studying physics would want to know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color

  20. AubieTurtle says:

    The Democratic Party of Georgia has jumped into the non-partisan mayoral race. I received a flier in the mail today accusing Norwood of being a Republican. It has a couple of funny photos of elephants and some spin as proof she’s a secret Republican. It doesn’t endorse an individual instead listing three of the candidates, Borders, Reed, and McDaniels as people to vote for.

    Even though I think Norwood is a dingbat and have no intention of voting for her, the state Democratic Party should have stayed out of it.

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