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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Maynard Jackson?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 3:00 AM

In an interview that aired this evening, the widow of three-term Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson told WSB-TV her husband wanted to run for President of the United States.

Valerie Jackson's eyes filled with tears when she said her husband didn't run for President because the "timing" wasn't right. Jackson is host of WABE-90.1's Between The Lines.

I wasn't around during Maynard's heyday, but nothing about his political biography leads me to believe Jackson could have even won statewide office, much less a presidential primary.

Don't get me wrong. That's not necessarily an insult. Seriously. Look at the people Georgia elects to statewide office.

Nevertheless, I've never heard anyone use the words "Maynard Machine" except as a pejorative. I always get the sense that, after 12 years as Atlanta's mayor, he's remembered more fondly for his skillful politicking than for his skillful governing.

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