Thursday, July 8, 2010

Norwood chuztpah is awe-inspiring

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 7:36 PM

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"If you haven't already heard the news, I want to confirm with each of you that our petition drive is very much alive and kicking.”

That's the latest word from Mary Norwood's campaign for Fulton Commission chairman, received by e-mail mere minutes ago. She goes on to ask supporters to collect signatures for her effort to run as an independent, to gather in Buckhead next Tuesday for a campaign rally and to accompany her downtown — stopping for lunch at the Fulton County admin cafeteria — to deliver the signatures to the county Board of Elections.

It's just a darn shame she couldn't remember to make her qualifying deadline.

Yes, as the AJC's Jim Galloway reported last week, Norwood showed up at the county elections office several hours late last Friday to hand in her check and qualifying forms.

It appears she thought the cut-off was at 5 p.m. The deadline actually was noon.

On Wednesday, Roderick Edmond, chairman of the county elections board, issued a statement saying Norwood's name would not appear on the July 20 ballot. Norwood today says she has asked Edmond to retract said statement.

"His letter has made its way to the media and has been interfering with our ability to obtain petition signatures,” she explains in her e-mail.

Well, no shit. That's because you did not qualify and, therefore, are not a candidate!

Look, I've got nothing personal against Mary Norwood. Generally speaking, she's a nice lady and she means well. But missing a filing deadline because she didn't bother to verify the time is a perfect example of the slipshod, scatter-brained manner in which Norwood operates. I take no joy in kicking her while she's down, but this is exactly why CL didn't seriously consider endorsing her for mayor.

Norwood's attorneys apparently persuaded the Fulton elections board to give her a hearing next Tuesday. Then, I assume, her political career will whimper to a close.

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