Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who came within 715 votes of being Atlanta's first white mayor in three decades, has found a friendly ear for whom she could unburden her thoughts at having lost the Dec. 1 runoff to now-Mayor-elect Kasim Reed.
"We came so close to winning and we lost. It just breaks my heart," Norwood admits in a lengthy sit-down with Matthew Cardinale, aka Atlanta Progressive News. "I took on the entire political establishment. You know what that's like; you've tried to take 'em on."
Because it's probably the only place you're going to see her talk openly about such matters, here are some other tidbits from her interview:
Norwood concedes that her "I'm not a Republican" TV ad which most pundits cite as her biggest gaffe may have alienated some of her core supporters. "The campaign made the decisions they made. And what we know is that I was portrayed in a light that was not flattering and not accurate and I responded to that," she says. "Did I lose some votes? Probably, but I came in first place" in the general election.
For the time being, Norwood is busy cleaning out her Council offices. For someone who constantly complained she was denied access to city documents, Norwood claims to have a surprisingly sizable repository of ephemera:
"I'm packing up boxes and boxes of knowledge so I don't lose the institutional knowledge and work at City Hall. We've got 16 file drawers full of information. Those will be boxed up and stored. When we start the organization, it will be a great repository of knowledge and information for citizen."
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
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