Thursday, May 23, 2024

Shocker: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Says She Won’t Run for Second Term


Here’s a shock: Keisha Lance Bottoms, the popular and successful mayor of Atlanta, is throwing in the towel. One term was enough for her. She’s out, and won’t run for a second term. She doesn’t really say why, except that she’s done, and hopes the Democratic party there will find a new candidate. I know nothing about Atlanta politics, but this must throw the city into a state of political turmoil. It doesn’t seem like Bottoms has a health issue, so who knows what’s going on? She was an up-and-comer. This is a disappointment, certainly.

She writes, and says in posted video:

“As Derek and I have given thoughtful prayer and consideration to the season now before us, it is with deep emotions that I hold my head high, and choose not to seek another term as mayor,” said Bottoms, who has scheduled a 10 a.m. press conference Friday at City Hall.

“People are entitled to their opinions, but don’t ever question whether or not I care,” she said at a press conference this week focused on crime. “My love for this city is deeper than probably many others standing here because my family goes back 100 years in the city. So whether I am mayor of this city or not, I will do everything that I can possibly do to keep our communities safe.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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