The Case For Kasim

Whether the result of unexciting candidates, a disinterested electorate, or collapsing local media outlets, the contest to be Atlanta’s next mayor flew under the radar until a couple of weeks before election day. The sole entertainment injected in the race was when Mary Norwood was attacked for being a Republican, and was silly enough to take the bait. Over the few days running up to election day, she first “forgot” for whom she’s ever voted for President, and then went out of her way to prove that she hates partisan politics, but seems to hate Republicans – or at least the concept of being thought of as a Republican – even more.

Yet this appears to be lost on many of my Republican friends who live outside the perimeter in the Atlanta region and beyond. The runoff between Kasim Reed and Mary Norwood is a race between two Democrats. This is not an election between one evil, socialist, godless-humanist, flag burning commie and one principled, blue dog, somewhat confused partisan who is really a conservative. These two are each mainstream, City of Atlanta Democrats.

Officially, the race is non-partisan, but let’s not kid ourselves. If there were party labels required for qualification, both would have proudly qualified as Democrats. And there’s nothing wrong with that, given that the vast majority of their constituents are also Democrats. Thus, Democrats are about to choose their next Democratic mayor.

Most of us are relegated to a spectator’s role in this contest. But we are spectators with a vested interest. As the few hundred thousand who actually live within the City Of Atlanta will choose the mayor, the 4+ million who live within the region, and to some extent, all Georgians, will live with the consequences. Thus, we justify our kibitzing based on the regional impact of the position, with the feigned pledge of more State or regional support to the City if only there were leadership there we could trust.

And with this unspoken pledge of feigned support, suburban Republicans seem to be pulling hard for Mary Norwood as the champion of those who will break the Maynard Machine. The enemies within this boogeyman are myriad: the city payroll as a bloated jobs program; procurement set asides to disadvantaged firms whose last names only seem to be Jackson, Young, or Franklin; city codes that promote panhandling and penalize property owners and capital investment; boondoggles dejour as an excuse to float new bonds; and a callous disregard to provide heavily taxed citizens and businesses the basic public safety that are supposed to be the cornerstone of city services. The remnants of the Maynard Machine give non-Atlantans a certain moral superiority when such time regional cooperation or leadership is necessary. By writing off the city’s management as corrupt, incompetent, or ineffective, outsiders easily relieve themselves of any responsibility to be any part of solutions to the city’s problems.

To be fair, the City has certainly done its part to earn this scorn. Bill Campbell spent his 8 years sending raw sewage downstream to West Point instead of dealing with a consent order to fix the sewers. Meanwhile, the stench of theft and corruption coming from City Hall during his terms as Mayor would overwhelm anything discharged from the R. M. Clayton plant. While there was a brief glimmer of hope at the onset of the Franklin administration, all goodwill was exchanged during her famous “Bull Connor” commercial over a Fulton County Commission seat.

And while some have attempted to interject race into the race, the candidates have avoided the issue wherever possible. They understand, in reality, that both the demographics of the residents, as well as citizen expectations of their government, are changing. Atlanta is facing serious financial, infrastructure, public safety, and other service delivery issues. The non-public safety payrolls remain bloated. Pension obligations alone threaten to bankrupt the city. And the next mayor must put the city squarely on the path to solving these problems.

Mary Norwood is presenting herself as an outsider who will tackle these issues. Yet, she has served 8 years on council with no record of accomplishment. Creative Loafing describes her as such:

Unfortunately, her skill as a campaigner obscures the fact that, during two terms on Council, Norwood has been strikingly ineffective. She’s never chaired a Council committee; she endlessly laments her inability to gain access to city documents; she concedes that Mayor Shirley Franklin has spoken to her only a couple of times in eight years; and she complains that her legislation is often ignored by city department heads.

Norwood’s cultivated image is that of a powerful rabble-rouser who’s been thwarted in her efforts to challenge the status quo. But the reality is that Norwood is considered a lightweight inside City Hall because she has a tendency to flit from one issue to the next, often taking reactionary positions based on superficial information, seemingly unable to maintain the focus needed to craft thoughtful civic policy.

And Norwood’s campaign platform is financially irresponsible. She calls for a large increase in public-safety spending, but dismisses the city budget as incomprehensible, readily admitting she’ll have no clue how to fund her initiatives until after she’s sworn in. However well-intentioned, Norwood lacks the temperament, analytical thinking, leadership skills, and, frankly, the vision needed to succeed as mayor.

Meanwhile, Kasim Reed presents himself as a classic Maynard Machine candidate. He is endorsed by most City Employee Unions/Groups. He holds the endorsement of Shirley Franklin. His solution to the city’s budget problems was to use the State Legislature to try to force Atlanta to raise taxes.

So why on Earth would a Republican pull for a Kasim Reed victory in this runoff?

Republicans were pretty good at mocking the “Hope & Change” chants from Obama’s campaign just one year ago. They could easily articulate that even things weren’t going great with the economy, it was no reason to dive off into the unknown with the untested Barack Obama. Yet, when faced with the same choice, they seem overly zealous to cheer for the unproven and unaccomplished Mary Norwood.

Sure she represents change, but is there any evidence it will be change for the better? Or would her inability to communicate or get along with fellow council members or city staff make her a figurehead who goes largely ignored while the city continues to spiral out of control under the weight of its own entropy?

Meanwhile, Kasim Reed has the backing of all groups within the City Of Atlanta who must buy into fundamental change. He also commands respect and has good working relationships with the other group that must be brought into discussions to provide the carrot and stick to force the City Hall constituencies to change their ways: The State Legislature.

Kasim Reed holds a unique position in this pivotal point in time. He has the respect of two distinct and distant constituencies who are both integral to the future growth and success of the City. Worst case scenario, it is four more years of status quo while the forces for change are able to recruit a better candidate. But if Kasim is to live up to his challenge, he is the person best suited to bring all parties to the table, and set a course for Atlanta to work with the surrounding region and not against it.

Republicans have spent too much time waiting for others to fail. We must remind ourselves from our seats in the suburbs that we need Atlanta to succeed. From my vantage point, Atlanta’s best chance for success is Kasim Reed.


  1. Fawkes says:

    If Kasim Reed wins he must show us his COLB. After all, he is “black and has a funny sounding name”. For all we know, he could be Kenyan.

  2. macho says:

    I pretty much agree with what you just said, but I’ll be voting for Mary. There is one issue that dwarfs all the other issues, which is the out-of-control pension fund that threatens to bankrupt the city. The problem is each administration had grown and rewarded the Jackson Machine with that pension fund.

    As you said, Kasim is probably going to be more of the status quo, which means doing nothing about scaling back non-emergency payroll. There are very hard choices that have to be made regarding the fund, and I don’t see him crossing the Machine that put him in office. Two of his biggest endorsers, Young and Franklin, were products of that Machine.

    I think Norwood is our best shot, although I’ll readily admit she seems to be a lightweight. She’ll probably let us down on scaling back City Hall growth. If you rate the candidates by the chances they’ll scale back non-emergency payroll growth, 1 being least likely and 10 being most likely, I put Kasim at a 2 and Norwood at a 4. That’s why I’m voting for Mary, the lesser of two evils. Inspiring isn’t it?

    My guess is none of the Mayors will do anything about the pension fund, just like the sewers, until one of the Mayors picks the short straw and a Judge orders the City to react. People give points to Shirley for doing something about the sewers, but the fact is she wasn’t going to do anything about them, just like her predecessors, until a Judge made her do it. Politicians are notorious procrastinators, because if you procrastinate long enough, some other poor SOB will have to deal with the problem

    • Fawkes says:

      “Republicans were pretty good at mocking the “Hope & Change” chants from Obama’s campaign just one year ago. They could easily articulate that even things weren’t going great with the economy, it was no reason to dive off into the unknown with the untested Barack Obama. Yet, when faced with the same choice, they seem overly zealous to cheer for the unproven and unaccomplished Mary Norwood.

      Sure she represents change, but is there any evidence it will be change for the better? Or would her inability to communicate or get along with fellow council members or city staff make her a figurehead who goes largely ignored while the city continues to spiral out of control under the weight of its own entropy?”

      If you’re a Republican, this is the gist of why you should vote for Kasim. Icarus didn’t go so far as to say, “Just because she’s white, doesn’t make her a Republican”. When you vote, do so with a clear head. Kasim may be part of the Machine, but he does have a direct line into the State Legislature, and, perhaps, the best overall chance of getting things done.

      The question remains the same: What is experience worth?

  3. BuckheadConservative says:

    This reminds me of a statement I heard after the Iowa caucuses last year. When Mike won in Iowa, a Republican friend of mine emphatically stated he would vote for any of the Democrats before he’d vote for Mike Huckabee in the general. When pressed on it, he replied “Sometimes you just have to set party aside and cast a vote for competent government”

    Not saying I agree completely, but I get it. As much as I love the electoral process, I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed casting a single vote for Mayor of Atlanta

  4. Whats_the_Difference says:

    Just a couple of notes to think about before you anoint Kasim.
    1) I would agree that Kasim has not directly injected race in to this campaign. But he has used race in the past as a wedge as he did during the voter ID argument and his shackles. Also Reed having the endorsement of Shirley Franklin is tantamount to have the Grand Wizard endorse David Duke. When will the next call or mailer come from Shirley and friends, like we saw during the Fulton Chairmans race that Kasim will have “no knowledge of”.

    2) As for the legislative relations. Sure he has some friends but many more there don’t trust a man who doesn’t do the the work. He didn’t show up for his committee meeting but blasted his colleagues on the committee. He has injected himself into arguments where he didn’t bother to actually do anything ahead of time. For the past year plus Kasim has used the Senate as nothing more then his studio for air time and one liners while abandoning his responsibility to his constituents and the state.

  5. Dawgfan says:

    As I said in another post I’ll be voting for Mary Norwood. I agree she is not the be all end all, but because she is not of the Maynard Machine. I don’t have anything against Reed personally. I think he’s very sharp, and you make some good points about his ability to bring those groups together to make the changes the city needs. Only Nixon could go to China. The thing is I’ve seen nothing from his campaign that would make me think he would do anything except follow the same path of Franklin, Campbell, Jackson. I also expect him to win. So, I’ll just have to live with it for at least four more years.

  6. Angry Taxpayer says:

    Following Atlanta politics – policy and implementation will be largely influenced by the constituency of the Mayor elected. In my opinion, if Kasim is elected it will be status quo and it will be that much longer before we address the structural problems of the bureaucracy of the City of Atlanta. Simply put, the City of Atlanta is not competitive.

    I do not believe that Kasim will be able to bite the hand that fed him and in order to restructure City Hall there will be conflict. He will not be able to fight the unions on pension reform, he will not be able to open up competition in the airport (yes there is still subjective criteria applied to projects that should be straight forward bids) and he will not be able to open the books and be transparent with regards to the City’s financial transactions. The Franklin Administration’s legacy will be protected at the cost of the Public’s right to know (incompetence or more). Kasim’s desire for a smooth transition and the next steps in his political career will overshadow the public good.

    I believe this course must be changed and we need a major change in direction. If we continue on the path that we are on, employers will simply not create jobs or locate in the City. This will compound the problems and the tragedies of everyday living on the Southside and promote separatist attitudes on the Northside and our community will continue to fracture.

    As an Atlanta native (my family has been in the City for many generations), I trust Mary because I know that she knows what she does not know. Further that her constituency is neighborhood grass roots level and this will guide her in her appointments of competent managers and restructuring of City Hall.

    I am an Employer in Buckhead, a resident of Chastain Park and a very active Republican that strongly supports Mary Norwood.

  7. benevolus says:

    Change doesn’t often happen like that. I learned my lesson with Howard Dean. Outsiders don’t just get to come in and bust the place up.

    You would have to have a whole slate of revolutionary candidates elected at the same time to get anything done anyway. To the extent that anybody thinks that Norwood would be some sort of revolutionary, how much could she actually get done going up against an established structure of status quo? She would have to be an extraordinary candidate indeed. And barring that kind of candidate, the best we can hope for is incremental change.

    Regardless of whether Shirley chose the task or not, the sewer work is essentially done. The next mayor can focus on the Next Big Thing. Which I think is making Kick Out The Jams by the MC5 the official song of the city.

    • ByteMe says:

      Actually, I thought the best thing we could hope for was “competence”. And maybe to have the mayor and his/her family stay out of jail and away from city/airport contracts.

  8. Progressive Dem says:

    Icarus, your final answer might be correct, but you remind me of Mr. Magoo. You’re observations are so distorted, it is a miracle you arrived at a sane point.
    • “city codes that promote panhandling” Please give me the legal citation for this ordinance. “Promote” is more than stretch.
    • “She calls for a large increase in public-safety spending, but” Reed calls for 750 new police officers! I’d say that’s an unrealistic goal since the City is authorized for 1775. It took Franklin more than 5 years to fill 300 vacancies, and they are still short. 750 new positions might also be just a little expensive.
    • “while the city continues to spiral out of control under the weight of its own entropy.” The city is adding population. People are voting with their feet. More people live in the City now than ever before. The city added 70,000 between 2000-2008.
    • “Atlanta is facing serious financial, infrastructure, public safety, and other service delivery issues.” Can we substitute the State of Georgia, Gwinnett County or any number of city and local governments here. These problems are not just confined to the City of Atlanta. It won’t be surprising to see some cities and counties go belly-up this year.
    • “Bill Campbell spent his 8 years sending raw sewage downstream to West Point instead of dealing with a consent order to fix the sewers.” Every mayor and governor since 1972 knew that the City did not comply with the Clean Water Act, and none of them did anything. They all did what Campbell did: ignore the problem and let someone else fix it.
    • “While there was a brief glimmer of hope at the onset of the Franklin administration, all goodwill was exchanged during her famous “Bull Connor” commercial over a Fulton County Commission seat.” Franklin was elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2005. The Fulton County Commission Chairman’s race was in 2006. I won’t defend the commercial, but 2006 is hardly the “onset”. Republicans have made a habit out of fear mongering and have pulled the race card on more than one occasion. Grover Norquist, Bob Barr and David Keene are all currently accusing the GOP of fear mongering the Obama decision to prosecute terrorists in civilian courts. I also recall a particularly nasty campaign ad from Senator Chicken Hawk Agri-business Golfer against Max Cleland, a decorated vet. So let’s not get too high and mighty about campaign ethics in this state.
    • “the untested Barack Obama” As if George Bush was anywhere near prepared for his job. Or Sarah Palin. McCain threw a Hail Mary with Sarah Palin, and another bomb when he suspended his campaign for the economic crisis. Obama on the other hand projected a calm, rational demeanor. To the majority of voters Obama was the safer choice.
    • “set a course for Atlanta to work with the surrounding region and not against it.” How has Franklin worked against the region? She has an excellent reputation with the surrounding county commission chairs, and has been an outstanding regional leader. She and Sam Olens helped establish the most cooperative political environment in memory.
    • “the city payroll as a bloated jobs program” I’m sure there are no other examples of patronage in any other Georgia City, and every municipal and County worker obtained their jobs based on merit.
    • City codes that “penalize property owners and capital investment”. Have you seen the amount of reinvestment that took place in Atlanta over the past 10 years? It is truly phenomenal, and may never happen again in our lifetimes.

    The Sate of Georgia’s incompetence is growing daily. SAT scores and graduation rates are spiraling down the toilet. Abject failure in solving the water waters – WITH THREE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS! Futile missteps and missed opportunities to improve transportation and maintain the state’s competitive advantage.

    Meanwhile Hartsfield-Jackson, the biggest government enterprise in the state – built, expanded and managed by the City – is the WORLDS BUSIEST AIRPORT. That’s a true accomplishment. The sewers are getting fixed and the ratepayers are paying for it. The middle class is returning to the City. The Uniform Crime Statistics show improvements in crime rates, but not clearance rates. So while you are correctly recognizing that all of us in the metro area are in the same economic boat, give the City some credit.

    Finally, this quote “This is not an election between one evil, socialist, godless-humanist, flag burning commie..” I suppose this is a hyperbole description of Reed. Too many Peach Pundits use these kinds of descriptors in discussing Democrats, and sadly the words aren’t hyperbole to them.

    • ByteMe says:

      Which is why Democrats were fine voting for a ticket including Obama and Republicans were fine voting for a ticket including Palin.


      • macho says:

        I’ve always found it ironic when Dems think of Palin as a lightweight, but don’t see the same issue with Obama.

        Two years before Obama wins the Presidency he’s a hack community organizer / state senator. Four years before the Presidency he can’t win a bid for Congress. The top of the Democrat and GOP US Senate ticket in Illinois, blows up, and next thing you know an ineffective, no-name State Senator, who happens to throw his name on the ballot, because he’s got nothing better to do, is at the top of the ticket, with the Republicans scrambling for anybody.

        Palin and Obama are both lightweights. Obama is just better with charisma and his delivery of saying nothing. Plus, the press just chose to ignore all of his gaffes.

        • ByteMe says:

          You forgot the part where he was a Constitutional Law professor at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years. And you judge him as being a lightweight compared to yourself, right, Judge… uh… Doctor… uh… who are you?

          Palin? She’s just a whiny corrupt media ho. And, yes, with that statement, I’m comparing her to myself. 😆

          • macho says:

            Sorry I meant Political lightweight. If being a member of academia is a requirement to be a political heavyweight, then maybe we should just elect the entire faculty of Harvard and ride merrily down the path of Socialism.

          • ByteMe says:

            There’s that word again, “socialism”…. ooohhh, the big bad boogie word! We’re soooo scared of it.

            And you’d complain if Obama was a political heavyweight anyway. You’d claim he was “part of the problem.”

            Face it: your team picked a hottie with no brains to be VP. Sort-a like Dan Quayle only without the worse Democratic alternative. Enjoy living with it.

          • ChuckEaton says:

            I was just speaking with a friend the other night; I can’t think of a single President that has risen from the depths of nowhere so quickly. The only person, who comes to my mind, who has had a similar rise to national prominence is Palin. One was a 2 year Senator and one was a 2 year Governor. Edwards was close, but he had 2 more years of experience.

        • Progressive Dem says:

          Macho, Apparently you discount the value and traits of scholarship in your calculation of lightweight. Acceptance into Columbia University and Harvard Law is competitive to say the least. These institutions select a fraction of the people who apply, and most Americans can’t begin to qualify. This is an independent unbiased measurement of Obama’s intelectual capacity, and provides credibility. He studied political science and law, which are very useful subjects for a president. Palin did not attend the same college in any consequtive year, an has a degree in communication. At Harvard Law he graduated Magna Cum Laude, so not only was he admitted, but he also succeeded. His peers elected him to be an editor of the Law Review, another achievement. A person who graduates with these honors could have chosen among offers from a dozen highly paid law firms, but that kind of money and prestige did not motivate him. He followed his passion, and that is admirable in anyone.

          Academic achievement is a measure of brainpower. It is not the only measure, but if you have it – it counts and provides credibility towards potential success.

          Finally, your statement indicating the faculty of Harvard has a monolithic view or are predominantly socialists is simply loopy. It shows a lack of knowledge and experience in dealing with academia.

          • ChuckEaton says:

            I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
            – William F. Buckley, Jr.

  9. Progressive Dem says:

    Right, Chuck, random selection is a great decision-making tool. It’s sort of like the Rev. Sun Yung Moon’s method of matching couples. Great suggestion for improving the electoral college, too. Or a good method for choosing your wife.

  10. irenicnoel says:

    Kasim Reed talks out two sides of his face. I ‘met’ him at inauguration, where he was rude, self righteous, caused an embarrassing scene. (Hilarious quote from his female friend, as they were wading through the crowd, apparently highly insulted at being treated like anyone else “They want us to stand ON THE GRASS!”. Meaning the Mall. For inauguration. Classy!)

    I ‘met’ him at a meet & greet, where he ignored my female friend and I to go slap backs with some old white guys.

    His plans and policies aren’t even logical; he’s banking on the same insider network of corruption that’s gotten Atlanta into trouble in the first place. Norwood isn’t perfect, but I’ll take someone who’s more concerned with fixing our city than giving favors to his friends and seeing his name in print.

    Kasim Reed is bright, but he’s not going to do anything more than add gridlock and hot air to this city, and this comes from a local/national democratic political activist. He wants to raise the vesting period for pensions for city workers to 15 years. He thinks opening playgrounds later will decrease crime. He wants to increase the police, but had no answer when I asked how reducing the police officer’s retirement benefits (via the pension vesting period increase) would impact police retention.

    And you think he wants to ‘help’ the poor of Atlanta? The blue collar worker? The small businessman or woman? The city employees? Think again, fellow Atlantans. This guy is all about power, and nothing more.

    • AubieTurtle says:

      You posted the same comment on the ajc Political Insider blog under a different name (AtlGirl3929). The following was posted in response to you. Please note that I have no idea if the information in the response is accurate but since that person is unlikely to also show up here, it seem appropriate to repost due to its content:

      November 18th, 2009
      9:24 pm


      You’re lying about the inauguration, which means you’re probably lying about everything else. Kasim is a personal friend of mine and he was a guest of a top democratic operative at inauguration, he was nowhere near the “grass”. He was definitely seated with the other guests in the main stage area. These Norwood supporters are getting more and more desperate.

      Kasim will win this thing, because some of the Norwood supporters are getting downright evil.


      As an aside, I totally disagree with the poster’s last comment and hope everyone else does too. In every race canidates attract their share of weirdo but the actions of those people in no way magically make the other candidate more qualified. Anyone who is going to vote for Reed or Norwood based on the bad behavior of a few supporters of the other camp posting on a blog are really wasting a vote.

  11. gilmorce says:

    I’m really wondering what exactly is the Maynard Jackson Political Machine?

    Normally a political machine involves elected officials engaging in fraud or underhanded dealings – corruption.

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a political machine as (1) : a combination of persons acting together for a common end along with the agencies they use (2) : a highly organized political group under the leadership of a boss or small clique

    The first definition seems to work more towards lobbyists or a group working towards a single goal within a system; whereas, the second definiton seems more fitting to the “Maynard Machine” as it refers to a group working towards influencing and controlling an entire system. By this definition Maynard should be the one calling the shots in this Machine. However, as well as should know, Maynard Jackson is deceased. So, why name the “Political Machine” after him? Is it because he was the first African-American mayor of Atlanta? I can only guess, hence my initial question.

    Running with the assumption that Maynard created a highly organized political group and that this Machine still exists, all mayors following Maynard must have been and are a part of the same political machine. Therefore, Andrew Young, Bill Campbell, Shirley Franklin, and for arguments sake Kasim Reed are all apart of the same Maynard Machine. This would also mean that every political step they took to acquiring the visibility to become mayor was all planned out by the Maynard Machine.

    Well Andrew Young was a civil rights activist, UN delegate, and GA congressman before becoming the Mayor of Atlanta. Seems the Machine was pretty well established nationally from the beginning. I wonder why Young had all the political positions and not Maynard…and why its not the Young machine? Hmmm, well maybe Young does not count since, Maynard was mayor before and after Young was mayor.

    New assumption: Maynard machine starts after Andrew Young. Ok, so after Maynard establishes his Machine he uses his political power to get Bill Campbell elected. Campbell was a City Councilman before becoming mayor. Proof in the Pudding; he was involved in Atlanta politics and the Maynard Machine put him there.

    Following Campbell, Franklin served as the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Maynard. Subsequently, she was named Chief Administrative Officer and City Manager under Young. More Proof in more Pudding.

    Since Maynard Jackson was in office for his second term every following Mayor has had a political position in Atlanta politics prior to becoming mayor (if you wish to include Young at this point, his civil rights activism often occured in Atlanta while Maynard was in his first term…Proof in more PUDDING).

    Seems to me that the Maynard Machine would apply to anyone who was involved in Atlanta politics prior to becoming Mayor. However, is that not a realistic requirement for becoming a city’s mayor? Doesn’t one need to create some type of established resume to point to in order to be elected. Under this analysis, Reed and Norwood are a part of the Machine. HOW???

    Wait, I think I know what the missing piece to the Machine. You have to be an African-American, duh. Any African-American who is involved in Atlanta politics (formal or informal) following the Maynard’s days as mayor of Atlanta is thus a part of the Maynard Machine. This person is only mayor because they are African-American and play towards the whims of what the Machine says. Well if Maynard is not here anymore who is running the machine? The Black “ELITE.”

    Therefore, to break up this Machine of corruption that Atlanta has grown and prospered under, that has recognized and award many times over nationally, and that has one glaring mare from Campbell’s tax evasion felony, we must inject someone who is outside this ring of deceit. i.e. anyone white.

    Mary Norwood is white, a prior business owner, a buckhead resident, and constant dissenter of Franklin. Perfect! O wait, she kind of sucks as a leader and has no real vision for Atlanta past cleaning up crime (which is good for a position as a commissioner or something). Ah well, say the black community loves her, but no the black community involved with the Maynar Machine. Perfect again!

    Guess I figured out what the Maynard Machine is and how to defeat it. All those who believe there is some African-American Elitist Political Machine running Atlanta into the ground since the 1970’s please vote for Mary Norwood to defeat the Maynard Machine. The rest of sensible Atlanta that wants the city, region, and the state to move forward on education, public safety, transportation, and water conservancy, elect a leader who can take on these challenges at all levels.

    By the way; great article Icarus!

  12. Ken Stepp says:

    “Most of us are relegated to a spectator’s role in this contest. But we are spectators with a vested interest.”

    Icarus your so right. Everyone in Georgia in my opinion has a stake in this race. That’s why I support Mr Reed. I think Ms Norwood would do a great job but we need someone that can represent Atlanta on a real national stage. Mr Reed’s experience in the Senate can help him do that. These are my opinions. To me it seems logical.

  13. South Fulton Guy says:

    The gloves came off at the Atlanta Press Club’s Atlanta Mayoral Debate tonight. The debate will be archived at

    Kasim made it clear once again he’s the only candidate that is qualified and has a record of delivering substance and not Obama-like rhetoric of empty promises of change.

    Watch for yourself when the video is posted.

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