Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Former Atlanta COO Peter Aman for U.S. Senate?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Peter Aman, photographed in 2011 with Department of Watershed Management Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina, took a break from Bain and Co. to help Reed administration
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  • Peter Aman, photographed in 2011 with Department of Watershed Management Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina, took a break from Bain and Co. to help Reed administration
As my dear colleague Max Blau noted this morning, Mayor Kasim Reed appeared on MSNBC yesterday to discuss the U.S. Senate seat that's earned many looks from political hopefuls now that incumbent Saxby Chambliss says he won't seek re-election. Reed won't seek the statewide seat but gave two suggestions - one of which surprised us. Via the Washington Post:

Reed did take the opportunity to promote two others for the job: Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and former Atlanta chief operating officer Peter Aman.

Aman's name hasn't been mentioned much, but given he was Reed's right-hand man, it seems pretty clear that he's interested in running.

Aman took leave from his job as a partner at Bain and Co. to be Reed's COO for two years. Bain and Co. is separate from Bain Capital, but Mitt Romney also worked at the former for a period.

Aman's City Hall days go back further than helping the Reed administration overhaul Atlanta's pension program and toy with the idea of selling the city jail (the deal never happened). When former Mayor Shirley Franklin took office in 2001, Aman volunteered to help streamline City Hall and ended up playing a key role in the so-called Bain Report, an often referenced guide to making Atlanta government more efficient.

It's safe to assume Aman would argue that his dual experience of reorganizing corporations and helping craft policy in City Hall could benefit Washington, D.C. And that he wouldn't have a problem raising cash. Plus, he'd probably have the support of the state's most well-connected Democrat.

Whether Aman could best one of the many Republicans eyeing the seat - especially Congressman Paul Broun, R-Darwin, a favorite of the GOP fringe - is another question.

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