It appears one Democrat doesn’t seem thrilled with DuBose Porter’s decision to run for reelection. And that Democrat is an important one.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said he doesn’t think Porter “should be rewarded.”
A couple things to keep in mind about Reed, supposedly the most powerful Democrat in the state, and his comments. The first is that Reed backed former State Senator Doug Stoner when he and Porter were running for DPG chair a year ago. The other is that Reed lost that proxy war–pretty badly too.
“I do not believe the kind of failure we saw in November 2014 should be rewarded in politics,” Reed said, adding he didn’t appreciate Porter citing President Barack Obama as the reason for the losses. “I think he should have taken greater personal responsibility rather than blaming the president who did exactly what the party advised him to do, which was to stay away.
Reed also questioned the timing of a state party mailer designed to rally black voters by invoking the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
“The Ferguson mail piece was a last-ditch attempt to generate enthusiasm that you should have been working at for a very long time,” Reed said, adding the mailer put Nunn on the defensive at a time when she’d been gaining traction in her attacks on GOP businessman David Perdue’s outsourcing comments. Reed said the mailer had a “significant impact” on independent and swing voters.
Reed alluded to a run for higher office in 2018 and didn’t rule it out. However, he’s painting himself into a very odd corner very early on. He doesn’t seem to have much support from DPG members as evidenced by not getting Stoner elected. He’s not entirely supportive of DPG leadership. On top of that, the strongest relationships he’s building in Georgia are with Republicans.
All that said, he has very strong support from D.C. and he will have a very excellent record as Mayor to fall back on (both of which are not inconsequential). But the above and his unnecessarily-thin skin are creating some serious political hazards for him.