Fort’s Atlanta mayoral bid gets some progressive firepower

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. AJC file.

State Sen. Vincent Fort’s bid for Atlanta mayor just got an extra dose of support from the Democratic Party’s progressive wing.

The Working Families Party, a national progressive political advocacy group, endorsed Fort at the Netroots Nation gathering of liberal activists. And U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whose insurgent presidential campaign energized the party’s left, sent another fundraising volley for him.

Fort is among more than a dozen candidates vying to succeed a term-limited Kasim Reed, and polls show a tight contest for the No. 2 spot in a likely runoff against  City Councilwoman Mary Norwood.

The Working Families Party has sought to build its ranks by picking sides in mayoral contests, and spokesman Joe Dinkin said Fort’s “vision of transforming Atlanta for everyone rather than a handful of powerful interests” helped seal its endorsement.

The group said it would send out fundraising pleas to raise small-dollar donations and recruit volunteers for his campaign.

Sanders endorsed Fort in January, calling him a “powerful ally” in a fundraising plea. He sent a new dispatch over the weekend to Fort supporters urging them to pony up for Fort, who lags behind some of his rivals in the race for campaign cash.

“Vincent Fort doesn’t need to spend the most money to win this election, but he will not be successful if he is outspent 10 to 1 or more,” read Sanders’ email. “Our job is to close that financial gap and give him the resources to run a winning campaign.”

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Thomas Adams
Thomas Adams

If this gentleman, and I use that term loosely, wins the bid to be mayor of Atlanta, we will be in a huge pile of dog poop!!

Thomas Maholski
Thomas Maholski

Here we go another Communist organization trying to get their candidate elected.

BDCoole
BDCoole

That's just funny. Endorsed by socialists = Losing strategy. Fort has no chance. Thanks be to the heavens that someone else will take his seat in the General Assembly, so that his constituents can finally benefit from a senator that is respected. He'll rue the day he ran for mayor, as he'll have to find another job that pays $18,000 per year to continue his lavish lifestyle. 

John Woods
John Woods

The WFP is a Marxist Organization...More proof that Atlanta is becoming a Crap Hole...

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Please don't Ga get destroyed with another racist pig like John Lewis

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

Does this Gang gets up in the morning, crap in clean water and flush before driving to work on "Freeways" built by and for a Civil society.

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

Atlanta has not had an intelligent mayor for years