‘Party of Trump’? Mary Norwood wants to know who’s financing Democratic attack

Mary Norwood, candidate for mayor, gives supporters a double thumbs up on election night. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Georgia Democrats unleashed their most aggressive attack yet on Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood with a six-figure buy for a TV and radio spot that asks whether the city’s next leader should be “from the party of Trump.”

The ad criticizes Norwood for her participation in past GOP primaries and targets her campaign treasurer, Jamie Ensley, as an “unabashed Trump supporter.” It also slams her for her decision not to endorse Democrat Jon Ossoff in the June special election for the Sixth Congressional District.

The Democratic Party of Georgia’s ad is a reprisal of its strategy in 2009, when it relentlessly tried to paint her as a conservative ahead of her match-up with Kasim Reed.

This cycle, the party launched an online “Mary the Republican” campaign in October and has worked actively to promote Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms since her first-place finish in last week’s vote.

The Norwood campaign response came from spokesman Billy Linville, who has a history of working with Democratic candidates:

Although this is a officially a nonpartisan race, the decision by state Democratic chairman Dubose Porter to air TV ads attacking Mary Norwood is false and misleading and continues the decline in the political discourse. Mary Norwood is a progressive independent. She voted twice for President Obama and for Hillary Clinton. Mary is pro-choice, was the first Atlanta city official to publicly support marriage equality, and has strongly supported civil rights for her entire life.

Mr. Porter clearly bowed to the demands of Mayor Reed, who refused to endorse Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter. Instead, Porter joined the Lance Bottoms team by trying to divert attention away from the biggest corruption scandal in Atlanta’s history. Mary will root out corruption and restore trust to City Hall. Keisha Lance Bottoms is more of the same.

Further, Linville demanded that Porter reveal the funding sources for the ad, “in the spirit of transparency” — and to demonstrate that the party isn’t merely acting as a pass-through for contributors who have maxed out in donations to Bottoms.

Norwood, who describes herself as an independent, issued a similar statement after the two candidates debated on Wednesday claiming Bottoms has “continued to intentionally spread false and inaccurate information and rumors” about Norwood.

“Mary is a progressive independent. She votes for the person, not just the party,” said the statement. “She voted for Barack Obama twice and Hillary Clinton last year for president of the United States. She is pro-choice and was one of the first city officials to support marriage equality.”

She’s also said Ensley is one of a range of supporters for her campaign, whose staff includes 12 Democrats and four Republicans.

The two face each other in a Dec. 5 runoff that has polarized Atlanta politics. The two combined to capture about 47 percent of the vote last week, and both are furiously trying to broaden their appeal to the more than half of the electorate that cast ballots for six other opponents.

Here’s the ad:

Here’s the script:

“Is Mary Norwood a Republican? She voted in 12 Republican primaries and her treasurer is an unabashed Trump supporter. Norwood was even a Republican convention delegate. When the biggest Congressional race in America was here in Atlanta, she refused to endorse the Democrat. And when repeatedly given the chance to criticize Donald Trump, she refused. Republican Mary Norwood. Should the mayor of Atlanta be from the party of Trump?”

Reader Comments 9

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SethC729
SethC729

This again continues to be why the democratic party in Georgia is absolute manure. 

Richard Satchell
Richard Satchell

Unfortunately, both candidates are bad. I am voting for the lesser of two evils if I can figure it out. Worthless or worthless?

EdGraham
EdGraham

Don't worry, Keisha.  The black power elite in the city, joined by their friends around the country and the Georgia Democratic Party, will make sure that you are elected, no matter how many lies they have to tell, just like they did to Mary Norwood in 2009.

MiltonD
MiltonD

There are no Republican or Democrat issues when it comes to running the city.  It is about providing protection and services, the city does not decide social issues.   

MiltonD
MiltonD

Supporting Ossoff, a kid who had never held office and didn't live in the district should disqualify you to be mayor.

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

@MiltonD So, people who have never held office should be disqualified from holding office???  And as for people not living in the district they represent well...that's already covered in constitution.  Kind of makes your post nonsensical, doesn't it?  

MajorDowning
MajorDowning

For all those saying black Atlantan won't vote for Mary Norwood please explain how she lost by 714 votes? Reed would have won by 1,000's if that tired old race baiting line were true. Black Atlantan voted for Mary in droves, hopefully we'll do it again. Atlantans black and white want a good Mayor that's all.

The state democratic party should be ashamed for buying into Reed's character assassination ploy. Ask Reed why he didn't support Jason Carter.?

Chad Wells
Chad Wells

I loved the BBQ chicken and grape soda she feed us at Mozley park.

MarkGordon
MarkGordon

Shame, shame, shame......Like Norwood, I consider myself an Independent (also voted for Clinton). These sleazy tactics keep me away from party politics. They prey on the weak-minded who believe everything they see and hear.

curt49
curt49

Same slimey lies race baiting that has kept people like Bottoms in power. I'm still a liberal but she makes me ashamed to be a democrat.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

We all saw Bottoms pull out that fake document while trying to impugn Vincent Fort during that debate.  Now we see two women resorting to 'Mean Girl' tactics.  Let's flush the southern football game team mentality and move on to United States independent thought and proposals.  What are the policies of these two candidates with respect to the current issues:  e.g., Street Cars to No Where?  Guns Everywhere?  Emory bailing out of Grady?  Pine Street Homeless Shelter?  Medicaid Expansion?  Exploding gun violence?  Exploding traffic violations and expensive traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths?  Deteriorating infrastructure?  Misdirection of public tax money to bribed projects and silly expensive constructions - football stadiums, airport awnings, etc.?  Inadequate Police Force funding and staffing?  All much more important than any silly team label.

creative
creative

@Ralph-43 All good points bud.  Agree.  I hate that these never end up being about issues, but more, who can talk about which group you support more or less.  Traffic, homeless, infrastructure, taxes, etc. Please just talk about ACTUAL issues and what you will do to help...

MiltonD
MiltonD

@Ralph-43 They were not fake documents.  Vincent Fort can't handle his own financial affairs, it is ridiculous to think that he could run the city.  Bottoms has the stench of Reed on her, won't rub off.  

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

Voting in a Republican primary does NOT mean you are a Republican.  I too, vote in Republican primaries.  Let me also say, I am NOT and have NEVER been a Republican!  I vote in their primaries to vote against their incumbents.  It's the highest and best use of my vote.

58Supersports
58Supersports

@NeboSuki1 I do the same thing in demo primary, I am not a demo and will never be. It's the highest and best use of my vote. It works both way Nebo....have a good day!

midtown-Mark
midtown-Mark

I was undecided as to whether to vote for Bottoms or Norwood, but this kind of dishonest campaign ploy is pushing me strongly in Norwood’s direction. I view her as a moderate centrist on financial issues, and a liberal person on social issues. I really hate campaigns that prey on the ignorance of people in order to manipulate them. That’s what Trump did. And it’s apparently what some of the power backers of Bottoms intend on doing. Bottoms should immediately disavow this kind of dishonesty and make the case as to why Atlanta would be better off if she was mayor rather than Norwood.

Robert1959
Robert1959

@midtown-Mark Do you think Marry Norwood racist strategy is good for the People of Atlanta? - ""get tough on crime" code words which mean - lock up Blacks and Hispanics and hire more police officers."

creative
creative

@Robert1959 @midtown-Mark good job bud.  Are you saying that only Blacks and Hispanics commit crimes in Atlanta.  What happens when a Vietnamese guy or a white guy commits a crime, or do they not commit crimes?

creative
creative

@Robert1959 @creative @midtown-Mark She's running for Mayor of Atlanta.  You do know that, right?  A lot of trailer trash rednecks in Atlanta, huh?  Where do they live?  Cabbagetown?  You do realize rednecks haven't lived there since the mill fire, right?   Red meat, dog whistles?  What do you mean?  You're a gem.  I love it

midtown-Mark
midtown-Mark

Wasn’t being tough on crime a focus of Kasim Reed back when he campaigned for mayor? It’s a legitimate issue to run on, regardless of the race of the candidate.

SethC729
SethC729

@Robert1959 @midtown-Mark This is a stupid comment. Would you prefer a candidate for mayor to say let's not worry about crime. Don't make common sense stuff into race. 

ronaldtallon
ronaldtallon

Well then Keisha is in with Crooked Hillary.  Same comparison.  Plus, she is in with the long standing black mafia that has run ATL into the dirt for decades.

viz1
viz1

@ronaldtallon  Atlanta is doing very well I'm not sure how you think its been run in the dirt.  Do you even live here?

Robert1959
Robert1959

Mary Norwood has used the same "red meat" Trump is using in her campaign for Mayor.  She said she wants to "get tough on crime" code words which mean - lock up Blacks and Hispanics and hire more police officers.  George Wallace used that strategy after the Civil Rights Act was signed and other GOP presidents have used that strategy (Reagan, Bush I & II, Trump) as "dog whistles" to fire-up the GOP base of racist and bigots.

creative
creative

@Robert1959 firing up all the racists in Atlanta?   the KKK is HUGE in the ATL.  They have meetings in midtown, east atl and there is a bimonthly meeting off of Lee St.  

Robert1959
Robert1959

@weetamoe @Robert1959 Southern politics is full of  "red meat" to fire-up their base of racist and bigots who love to hear the "dog whistles".

Robert1959
Robert1959

@creative @Robert1959 What is the difference between a kkk member or other homegrown terrorist group - white nationalist, neo-nazi, birther, alt-right? 

FMFats
FMFats

Not a metaphor person, eh?

scottw_
scottw_

I wonder if Reed is using the money from the bribes to support Bottoms.

Say No More
Say No More

 hmmm pumping up the dem card didn't really work for Ossoff did it? and despite what you are lead to believe from the lying media, Trump is doing a hel of a great job cleaning up DC and giving power back to the people. Politicians and media have run a tactical year long smear campaign trying to refocus your opinions and thoughts from the critical issues.


The real Russian collusion has been revealed and yet Mueller is digging for republican dirt when Hillary's crimes are everywhere.


None of this makes sense. We should embrace the power that Trump is giving us and tell our elected reps and senators that they work for us, no the other way around.


Wake up folks-you're being played

tinala
tinala

Please explain in detail what legislation Drumpf has passed since he has been elected that he doing a great joh?

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

Bottoms wants to continue Kasim's bribes as "the normal business model" at City Hall.  She is an embarrassment!

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

If these allegations are untrue.....Norwood should publicly condemn....trump...the GOP....Evangelicals.....Jim Crow.....the anti business legislature....the alt right.

creative
creative

@jezel-dog / Coach - me Condemn Jim Crow?  She should condemn the trail of tears while she's at it. What about the Atlanta Child Murders of 81'?  Should she condemn that as well?   It must be a tough life you lead.  

jj494
jj494

DUMBACRATS, lmao, just how DUMB are they?? RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA, 

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