Kamala Harris set to visit Atlanta to stump for Bottoms campaign

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California. AP Photo.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is set to visit Atlanta on Sunday to boost mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms’ campaign as the councilwoman makes a final push for help from Democratic heavyweights, according to two officials with knowledge of the visit.

The California Democrat has already endorsed Bottoms’ campaign on social media, joining other high-profile party figures including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former state Sen. Jason Carter, the 2014 nominee for Georgia governor.

Harris is set to hold her get out the vote rally for Bottoms at 5:30 on Sunday in Midtown. Bottoms’ allies are also pushing to recruit other big-name politicians to visit before the Tuesday runoff against Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is running as an independent.

Norwood has come under sustained fire from the Democratic Party of Georgia and Bottoms’ campaign who are depicting her as a “closet Republican.” The state party unleashed a new round of attacks this week, including a TV ad that links her to the president.

Several prominent Democrats who back Norwood, including former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and ex-City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, criticized the party this week for backing Bottoms, who has made her Democratic affiliation key to her campaign.

Norwood has long bristled at the attacks that she’s a closet Republican. She’s said she voted for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and calls herself a “progressive independent” who wants to maintain her political neutrality so she can better work across party lines.

Harris, often mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, was last in Atlanta in September. At that appearance, she took aim at Trump from the altar of the First Congregational Church of Atlanta on its 150th anniversary, warning that there are “forces of hate and division trying to tear us apart.”

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Habrams01
Habrams01

Always like to see someone from California come into town and speak about a situation they know nothing about.

AjayS
AjayS

I've watched Kamala Harris and find her to be uppity.

jj494
jj494

Bottoms is pure corruption, and the Dumbacrats are known criminals

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

A California Dem/Lib Senator and  Bill De Blasio are "positive" endorsements?! Really. I could understand it, I guess, if Norwood had hired them to come to town. New York is one of the most poorly governed and deficit ridden cities in America. Do you really want that here?


Anyway. The day is coming (and it has already arrived here in Atlanta) that you can no longer campaign for political office and demand to be elected because of your race. And, you can no longer demand that your opponent be defeated because of his/her race. 


This decades old practice  has strangely been accepted and has not been roundly condemned as it should have been, as it is patently and obviously racist. 


Ironically increasing "diversity" will spell its final doom. And this is going be a big adjustment for black politicians, and they will have to figure it out. You can see them biting their tongues and wishing they could go at Norwood like Reed did with his political ads about the return of Bull Connor, German Shepherds, police, and fire hoses, but they dare not in the current political climate in a fast-changing and increasingly diverse City of Atlanta. 


They have found the next best thing. In black America Republican = White. Plain and simple. "Republican" is a racist dog whistle, or "coded language" as Bottoms calls it. And the strategy is that every time you hear the word Norwood, you will also hear the word "Republican."  The fact that Norwood is not a Republican,, but a progressive who voted for Obama twice and Hillary once can only be over come by the above equation. Republican = White. 


This may work again. It will be close. But if it does, it will be the last time it ever does in the City of Atlanta. 

Buzz
Buzz

Sunday?   A lot of people will have already voted by then.   I am a lifelong progressive Democrat, but am peeved that the party is sticking its nose in the nonpartisan mayoral election here in Atlanta. 

58Supersports
58Supersports

Another California democrat idiot bring here hate to Georgia. Good reason not to vote for Bottoms... 

Jamesr1991
Jamesr1991

Just add to the list of those Democrats I'm not supporting.

GTONE
GTONE

Another WACKO coming to Atlanta... Typical Democrat...

Babycat
Babycat

She is a very hate filled, divisive person.  Typical Democrat.

Alisha.....
Alisha.....

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BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

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  1. […] Bottoms has echoed that message as she leans on high-profile Democratic figures for support. She has the backing of disparate factions of the Democratic Party, including Reed and Jason Carter, the party’s 2014 gubernatorial nominee. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a potential 2020 nominee, is campaigning for her this weekend. […]

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  2. […] Bottoms has echoed that message as she leans on high-profile Democratic figures for support. She has the backing of disparate factions of the Democratic Party, including Reed and Jason Carter, the party’s 2014 gubernatorial nominee. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a potential 2020 nominee, is campaigning for her this weekend. […]

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