Kasim Reed picks a side in the race to replace him

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Kent D. Johnson/AJC

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed formally endorsed City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms in the crowded race to succeed him, saying Wednesday he will make stops at 40 barber shops and beauty salons over the weekend to support her.

Reed made the announcement on V-103 early Wednesday; the AJC previously reported the endorsement was in the works.

The move comes as little shock. He’s long given Bottoms his tacit support – and hosted a fundraiser for her earlier this year – even as he’s sharply criticized many of the other contenders in the 13-person race.

With early voting in the Nov. 7 race set to begin on Monday, Reed’s endorsement comes at a pivotal time. Recent polls show Bottoms in strong contention for the No. 2 spot in what could be a December runoff against Councilwoman Mary Norwood, though a half-dozen other candidates remain in striking distance.

She’s also facing increased scrutiny as she rises in the polls. Peter Aman, the city’s former chief operating officer and another candidate who has cozy ties to Reed, attacked Bottoms on Wednesday in a press conference for accepting what he called questionable donations.

It’s a reference to Bottoms’ pledge this week to return more than $25,000 in contributions from a longtime city contractor whose office was recently raided by the FBI. Her campaign called Aman’s accusations a desperate attempt to gain traction.

Bottoms has been steadily ramping up her campaign for the final stretch. She launched an ad last week advertising herself as the “Democrat for mayor,” an effort to frame the race between her and Norwood, who dubs herself the contest’s only true independent. Rival campaigns say she snapped up about $100,000 worth of airtime last week.

Whether Reed can help sway the election is another question. His supporters point to internal polls that show him with sterling approval ratings. But so far, endorsements from the likes of presidential contenders, prominent civil rights leaders and corporate titans haven’t crystallized this muddled contest.

Read more about the Atlanta mayor’s race:

Big endorsements haven’t shifted Atlanta mayor’s race yet

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed a force in race to succeed him

Atlanta mayor’s race: A wide-open contest that will shape the region

Why Bernie Sanders is plunging into Atlanta’s mayoral race

 

 

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quickdigits
quickdigits

If Mayor Reed was white, and he favored one of the white candidates, all hell would break loose and he would be labeled racist. But, since he's black and favors one of the black candidates, that aspect doesn't even make the news. Can't You People See The Double Standard Here??? And they Continue to complain about this and that and everything!

Davidricardo
Davidricardo

I wonder if his wife and her husband will tag along? That would be fun to watch. 

Jamesr1991
Jamesr1991

No excrement Sherlock. She's his hitch woman doing his dirt on the annexation of South Fulton. Carrying water for him at every turn. Plus he gave a cushion gig with stadium authority. LMAO

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