Atlanta Mayor's Race Between Bottoms & Norwood Moves To Recount With Bottoms Leading By 800 Votes

Keisha Lance Bottoms at an election night watch party in Atlanta early Wednesday. Ms. Bottoms declared victory after a close mayoral race on Tuesday, but her opponent, Mary Norwood, said she would request a recount. CreditJohn Bazemore/Associated Press

Keisha Lance Bottoms at an election night watch party in Atlanta early Wednesday. Ms. Bottoms declared victory after a close mayoral race on Tuesday, but her opponent, Mary Norwood, said she would request a recount. CreditJohn Bazemore/Associated Press

For the second time in eight years, the leadership Atlanta, the South’s most influential city, is settling into a recount, writes The New York Times. 

Fewer than 800 votes separated Atlanta’s two candidates for mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood, after officials tallied more than 92,000 ballots that were cast in Tuesday's  runoff election. Ms. Norwood, seeking to become Atlanta’s first white mayor in more than 40 years, said she would ask for a recount once provisional and absentee ballots were counted this week.

Ms. Bottoms and her allies would not cede the moment of jubilation, declaring victory on Wednesday.

“This has been a very, very, very long campaign, but as we look ahead toward the future, I look forward to engaging with each of you, making sure that our city continues to move forward,” said Ms. Bottoms, who is a member of the City Council from Southwest Atlanta. “And for those who did not support me, I look forward to working with you as well because this is still a city for all of us.”

This is Ms. Norwood's second recount. In 2009, she sought a recount after trailing Kasim Reed, ultimately losing the race by 714 votes. A single vote changed in the final tally.

In a mayoral race that is formally nonpartisan, Bottoms made her political allegiance plain: She is a Democrat whose beliefs aligned with those of a growing city known as something of a Southern bastion for liberal politics. Norwood ran as an Independent, with Democrats insisting that she is a Republican who quietly embraced Karen Handel in the bitterly contested win against Jon Ossoff. The Times notes that policy differences between the two candidates were minimal. 

Six Democratic Women Senators Call On Franken To Resign Immediately

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In statements Wednesday, six of Franken's female Democratic colleagues — Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington and Kamala Harris of California — pushed for him to step down. Murray is the third-ranking Senate Democrat and the highest ranking woman.

We wrote last week that the new accusation from a veteran was totally backing the women into a corner, especially Sen. Gillibrand. I called on Franken to resign that day, because no one person deserves center stage. That may sound unfair, but women have dealt with false accusations for years -- and we know the probability of false accusations varies from 2-8%. When a group of women come forward -- several of them Democrats -- the probability of false accusations dwindles to near zero. 

Gilliband said: “I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable,” Gillibrand wrote on Facebook of the allegations that Franken groped and forcibly kissed several women. “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”

A new accuser has come forth this am, claiming that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006.

Presently, two Democratic male senators -- Bob Casey of Pa and Sherrod Brown of Oh -- have joined the women, along with DNC Chair Tom Perez.

NJ John Carman Now Has Time To Cook His Own Damn Dinner As Ashley Bennett Gains Sweet Revenge

John Carman, a Republican member of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, a county legislative body in New Jersey,  posted a meme  on his Facebook page in January making fun of the Women’s March. Ashley Bennett was not amused . . . and so she beat him out of office. 

John Carman, a Republican member of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, a county legislative body in New Jersey, posted a meme on his Facebook page in January making fun of the Women’s March. Ashley Bennett was not amused . . . and so she beat him out of office. 

By now women should find a sense of humor, right? John Carman, a Republican member of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, a county legislative body in New Jersey, wondered in January 2017 if the millions of women -- accompanied by beyond decent numbers of men -- who attended the Women's March would be home in enough time to cook dinner. New Jersey resident Ashley Bennett was not amused.

"Seriously," Carman responded when dozens of women showed up at a freeholder meeting , one carrying a box of macaroni and cheese and telling Carman to "cook his own damn dinner."  Professing good humor and urging women to find the same, Carman insisted that ". . . the women I'm surrounded by, my family, my friends, my colleagues are all strong, confident women, women who are sure of themselves. They didn’t get offended by this." Vox explains:

Bennett, a psychiatric emergency screener, attended the meeting but walked out when she heard Carman’s response. "I walked out because you had the entire time to sit and collect your thoughts, and hear what people were saying, and instead of apologizing and saying you could do better, you disrespect people and say the people you surround yourself are strong," she said at the time. "There are a lot of people who are strong."

Adding to Ashley Bennett's irritation was Carman's fashion choice of wearing a confederate flag over his state of New Jersey patch. Other voters agreed. So Bennett -- who had never run for a political office -- ran for Carman's seat and she beat him. The fact that Democratic US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York read Carman's sexist comments on 'Lovett or Leave It' probably helped her candidacy. But bottom line, Bennett opened up her own vocal box windows and said "I'm not taking this anymore." 

“People want change,” Bennett said after her win. “I am beyond speechless and incredibly grateful to serve my community. I never imagined I would run for office.”

Bennett was embraced by progressive national groups like Run for Something . “Ashley’s story makes me so damn happy,” tweeted Amanda Litman, a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer and a Run for Something founder. Producers from the Lawrence O’Donnell show on MSNBC invited Bennett to appear on the show Wednesday night. We'll be tuning in.