Monday, September 21, 2009

Borders opens field offices; Norwood incommunicado

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM

With about six weeks to go in the mayor's race, City Council President Lisa Borders has announced that her campaign has opened two satellite offices: one in the Studioplex loft complex in the Old Fourth Ward, the other on MLK Drive across the street from the Atlanta University Center.

The signal from the choice of both locations is that she's focused on central Atlanta, but the second site, in particular, is clearly intended to indicate Borders' concern for public safety on the AUC campus, which had been questioned recently.

But — and here's the real point behind my posting — the Borders e-mail got me to thinking: Scarcely a day goes by when I don't get some kind of press release, however trivial, from the Borders or Kasim Reed campaign. Yesterday, the Reed folks sent out an invitation to a fundraising luncheon next week.

By contrast, I rarely ever hear a peep out of Mary Norwood's campaign. I just did an e-mail search and came up with four messages over the past five weeks. And I'm not the only one; an AJC reporter who covers intown politics tells me he can't remember the last e-mail he's gotten from Norwood's folks.

About two months ago, in late July, I was shocked when Norwood told me she was still looking for a campaign manager — months after her opponents had hired full campaign staffs. Hell, by then, Borders had already cycled through one manager and hired her replacement. I assume Norwood finally found someone to manage her campaign, but I have yet to hear from him/her.

Usually, the best funded, best-run campaign has the edge in a political race. Norwood was the first candidate to raise $1 million but, as of the last disclosure period, had slipped to third place in terms of fundraising.

According to polls, Norwood is still the front-runner, but unless she ramps up her fundraising (we'll find out early next month) and her campaign gets its collective butt in gear, I don't see how she can maintain that lead.

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