Bottoms calls in reinforcements: Booker, Harris stump for her mayoral campaign

U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are headed to Atlanta on Sunday to boost Keisha Lance Bottoms’ mayoral campaign. Twitter picture.

Atlanta mayoral contender Keisha Lance Bottoms turned to high-profile national figures as she scrambles to consolidate Democratic support ahead of Tuesday’s runoff to lead the city.

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, both potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, held separate events across Atlanta on Sunday to support Bottoms in her race against fellow Councilwoman Mary Norwood.

At Bottoms’ campaign headquarters on Sunday morning, Booker implored Democratic voters to “keep the fire going” in the final days of the race.

“This is a Democrat, someone who is not afraid to talk about her values, and talk about the issues that are important now,” Booker, a New Jersey senator, said in an interview. “She’ll stand up to the president when necessary. She’s not going to soft-step, or soft-pedal, anything.”

The visits are part of a late push by Bottoms’ campaign to rally left-leaning voters to her side in the final days of the race. And they may not be the last: Her supporters are also trying to lure in other big-name national Democrats for a Monday visit.

“We’ve always run this election as if we’re 50 points behind, because it’s all about getting out the vote,” said Bottoms. “I will never take that for granted, and I’m just going to keep pushing until 8 p.m. (Tuesday), and then we’ll watch the vote tally come in and celebrate the victory that we already know is ours.”

A poll released Friday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV showed Bottoms has work to do: It pegged Norwood, who is running as an independent, to a 6-point lead and showed 42 percent of Democratic voters are backing her campaign, despite efforts from opponents to cast her as a closet Republican.

Harris is set to hold her get out the vote rally for Bottoms at 5:30 on Sunday in Midtown.

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 supporting 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.

You’ll find more on PoliticallyGeorgia.com, including these stories:

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Of ‘thugs’ and ‘coded language’ Atlanta mayoral candidates clash in GPB debate

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Raul Estrada
Raul Estrada

                                          Keisha Bottoms


Keisha Bottoms won due to Mayor Kasim Reed!! Kasim has been a power broker in the city for 8 years!! Kasim Reed is a Howard University graduate (he graduated the undergraduate division and the law school). Kasim Reed knows that in Boise, Idaho a competent african-american or latino can not win a mayoral election. This is because Boise,Idaho is 90% euro-american. 


The atlanta power brokers wanted Keisha Bottoms so they can fight for jobs and education. Mary Norwood is a good competitor,but she is running in a city, that usually elects african-americans due to demographics. Mary Norwood would have an easier time in Boise,Idaho. People should not underestimate Kasim Reed (he is an OBAMA underling). Kasim Reed pushed Keisha Bottoms over the finish line. President Obama, Kamala Harris, and Corey Booker all influenced this election. Keisha Bottoms got help from other afro-american leaders. Mary Norwood could not fight all the powerful US congress people from Washington DC.

MrBistro
MrBistro

In 2020--cory or kamala will be the democratic candidate for president---the country needs a progressive to run against donald.

jamesatl
jamesatl

Plain as day and the nose on your face when the national leftists stop by to endorse a candidate you know who and/or what you're voting for. Too bad Hillary can't make it.

Psully
Psully

hahaha!  booker is considering a presidential run in 2020.  good luck with that!

ronaldtallon
ronaldtallon

If I had not made up my mind who to vote for, an endorsement by either of these stiffs would definitely push me to Norwood.    Is this the best the Dems can do?

LoraliEnglish
LoraliEnglish

I'll be voting for other offices on Tuesday, but not for either of them. More times than not I feel like it's the lesser of two evils when voting. These choices are similarly bad, so I'll be one of the many who won't be forced to make a bad decision come Tuesday.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Never underestimate the Black vote and the Keep Atlanta Black crowd

ronaldtallon
ronaldtallon

@Infraredguy So true.  ATL is run by a Black Mafia.   Yes, they are criminals, but unlike the traditional mafia, these guys are actually in office.  They are not about to lose their stranglehold on the city government.

WW5
WW5

Bottoms should have brought in some guilt ridden white liberals to help her get votes

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

Tying herself to Reed has since become a liability.  Keisha - it's too late to remake your image.  The people of Atlanta already know who you are and they do not like what they see!!!

territory
territory

Things must really be going bad for her & she must be desperate. The worst thing she could do is bring in a person from sanctuary city SF, an idea she supports where an American girl was killed by a criminal illegal alien & still got off. That should go well. And you also invite the NE version of her. 


:):):) This will be fun to watch the implosion.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@territory  Nancy Pelosi offered a suggestion about the SF shooting of Kate Stinele, she said this would never have been an issue if Stinele would have ducked  

Shar1
Shar1

Bottoms would not be in the race but for Reed strong-arming her through to the run off. Now, with Reed a political liability, she is calling for out of state people to save her.  It only highlights the fact that she has nothing to offer on her own.


Sick of the Reed corruption machine, the bullying and the cronyism. Bottoms tied herself to that.  Time to move on, just as Cathy Woollard said.

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