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Friday, November 6, 2009

Election tidbit roundup

Some random observations:

  • Write-in candidate Dr. Tiffany Brown got in the neighborhood of 60 votes city-wide. That's about one vote for each time the line "Vote for Tiffany Brown" was used in her catchy campaign rap song.
  • At the end of September, mayoral front-runner Mary Norwood had a huge campaign warchest. But over the past month, she burned through more than $600,000, spending more than Kasim Reed ($274,000) and Lisa Borders ($300,000) put together. As of Oct. 25, Norwood and Reed each had about $166,000 in cash on hand (although Reed had loaned his campaign about $100,000 of that amount).
  • There's special irony in the strong showing by City Hall kook Dave "Scrubs" Walker in the Council president's race. By taking 9 percent of the vote, Walker helped Clair Muller squeak into a runoff with Ceasar Mitchell. Yet one of Muller's campaign promises has been to bring more decorum to Council meetings and put an end to disruptions by scruffy, obnoxious guys who shout random insults at city department heads. Hmm, now who could she have been talking about?

  • Need proof of the power of incumbency? Look no farther than Councilman Lamar Willis, who won a fairly close race for re-election against former assistant city attorney Shelitha Robertson despite having a wide array of ethics issues. Willis was recently fined $25,000 for running an illegal charity and has had his wages garnished to repay nearly $50,000 in delinquent back taxes. I can't remember the last Council incumbent who lost a re-election bid. Oh, wait, it was Sherry Dorsey, whose husband, DeKalb Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, was then Georgia's most notorious murder suspect! I guess that's what it takes.
  • I've heard surprise that Steve Brodie couldn't manage better than a weak fourth-place finish in the six-person District 6 Council race, considering he'd come within five votes of beating incumbent Anne Fauver four years earlier. But, as a local political operative told me, folks had supported Brodie when the only alternative was the wildly unpopular Fauver. This time, however, when there were other, more appealing candidates, Brodie quickly became an also-ran.

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