Kasim Reed is ‘hopeful’ Sally Yates runs for governor

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in the Georgia House on Tuesday. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

You know that Sally Yates was deprived her hearing on Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, perhaps under duress from the Donald Trump administration. But during a quick tour of the state Capitol on Tuesday night, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he hasn’t given up on the thought that Yates could make a Democratic run for governor next year.

“I think Sally Yates is special. I think there’s a great deal of affection for her in America right now, and I think she has all of the credentials and qualifications to be an outstanding leader,” said Reed. “I haven’t spoken to her about it at all, but I am very hopeful that she will give the race very strong consideration.”

Yates has given state and national Democratic leaders no indication she’ll consider a bid for public office.

Still, the mayor is one of a gaggle of Georgia politicos encouraging the former acting U.S. attorney general to make the run. (Suffice it to say that Reed and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, who is expected to enter the race, are not close.)

In the meantime, Democratic state Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna has told friends that she might join the gubernatorial race. Her decision may hinge on whether former state Sen. Jason Carter, the party’s 2014 nominee for governor, decides to run.

Reed, who is vacating his City Hall office in January, has repeatedly ruled out a 2018 statewide run.

Democratic operatives consider Reed a top contender to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue in 2020 or run for governor in 2022 if a Republican wins next year’s election. But much will also depend on what other top Georgia Democrats – Abrams, Evans, Yates and Carter – decide over the coming years.

Insider’s note: This post was ripped and expanding from the Morning Jolt.

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139 comments
David Andrews
David Andrews

Yates is nothing but just another dishonest, unethical "anything for power" democrat.

Joey Thiel
Joey Thiel

Sure pray we can do better than that

Rod Miller
Rod Miller

Haha ... how could this Marxist shill get more than 30% of the vote outside I-285?

Chad Kesegi
Chad Kesegi

And what is your proof that Yates is a Marxist?

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Yay MONTE And larry W ..she is not wanted here on Atlanta ! Shut UP mayor REED !

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Are you serious ? What do you smoke in ATLANTA ? She is about as welcome as a .....in a ....... country has has enough of the poser POSER dishonest liberal libtards

Timothy Beining
Timothy Beining

Omg no!! Obama worshiping American traitor! Don't do this Georgia!!

Lisa Reeves
Lisa Reeves

I am ready!!!!!\U0001f44f\U0001f3fd\U0001f44f\U0001f3fd\U0001f44f\U0001f3fd

Daniel P. Yetter
Daniel P. Yetter

She better run away from Georgia if she knows what's good for her. Otherwise she'll get a real dose of southern hospitality.

Steve Britt
Steve Britt

HELL NO! Kasim Reed is a crook. If you love your state. Vote against anyone Kasim wants and bounce Kasim ASAP

Jimmy Hitt
Jimmy Hitt

She will find something on him!! Lol

QuestionMan
QuestionMan

Now that I've looked at the other comments, shouldn't I be concerned about being a resident of Georgia?

QuestionMan
QuestionMan

Would Sally Yates be better off if Kasim Reed stays away? Does anyone care what Reed thinks (other than on a few lame duck Atlanta issues)?

Carolyn Greaves
Carolyn Greaves

NEVER AHAPPEN. WE KNOW WHAT SHE IS AND WHAT SHE STANDS FOR.

Terry Focks
Terry Focks

go fall off a cliff , she couldn't do the job she had

Sam Basye
Sam Basye

I will never willingly vote for a Marxist

Joan Bearden
Joan Bearden

I also agree with Diane Sharp on her comment. @ Never vote for her ..... Georgia residents not that stupid.......

Polly Walden
Polly Walden

She like reed are unfit for office. His statements on her would make me not want to vote for her, but her refusal to do the job my taxes were paying her to do would ensure I would not vote for her

Ray Parker
Ray Parker

Georgia is thriving right now, why would one vote democrat and screw that up?

Diane Sharp
Diane Sharp

Never vote for her! Georgia residents not that stupid!!!

JoAnn Fogleman
JoAnn Fogleman

No No she would be a terrible leader for Georgia.

Ken Murphy
Ken Murphy

Probably won't help her much to be touted by a crook.

Rick Ramirez
Rick Ramirez

She refused to do what her oath of office specified, to uphold the constitution and laws of the land and place her personal beliefs ahead of that oath. She would be the same with the Georgia constitution.

Karen Rakestraw
Karen Rakestraw

She upheld the Constitution when she refused to defend the travel ban.

Rick Ramirez
Rick Ramirez

No, she didn't. She possibly allowed terriost into this country who swore they would use our lax immigration policies to infiltrate. If an attack happens and is caused by any government agency or judge who refused to do their job, they should immediately be removed from office and tried for high treason

Jerry Broome
Jerry Broome

In contempt of a standing POTUS? sure, that's what we all want! Obama worshipper.

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Yea dipshit , I am man enough to come prove who I am and show my DD214s to back it up . Now tell us about your service to our country BUTTERCUP !

Winky Jones
Winky Jones

wouldn't vote for this traitor of the American people, Get a Grip...

Patrick Fleeman
Patrick Fleeman

What a joke She refused to do a job in DC and now she wants to run for governor \U0001f923

Kay Kitchenns
Kay Kitchenns

She didn't refuse to do her job she must have been right because the ban was blocked again what does she know about Trump

Nancy Williams Demmers
Nancy Williams Demmers

I hope she is persuaded to run. She would be a major assist to GA and our good old boy legislative process.