Kasim Reed does not share my feelings about Mary Norwood’s TV ad talking about crime. Here’s a bit of a press release his campaign sent us.
(ATLANTA) October 21, 2009 – Today I am calling on Mary Norwood to take down her new campaign commercial where she exploits two recent high-profile murders. Like most Atlantans who have seen the ad, I was deeply offended that Ms. Norwood would stand on the hallowed sites of their murders – when she twice cast votes which led to the police and fire furloughs which resulted in a significant spike in crime and violence in our city. Ms. Norwood was warned repeatedly by the Mayor that her failure to support a modest tax increase would cause police to be immediately furloughed. Yet, she offered no alternative to the tax increase and voted to make Atlanta vulnerable to gangs and violent criminals, choosing political convenience over the safety of our city.