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Monday, January 6, 2014

Reed: I won't be a 'bandwagon jumper' on Jason Carter's gubernatorial campaign

"The bottom line is I'm going to support the Democratic nominee, but I'm going to do it in my own time. I ran for mayor twice and Jason didn't support me. So I'm going to support the nominee of the party. I like Jason. I've said multiple times that I think he's a special politician, but I think it would be unhealthy for Jason [for me] to bandwagon jump. Nobody jumped on my bandwagon for mayor. I ran for mayor, almost alone, for two years, for 20 months. The only person who stood with me was Ambassador Andrew Young.

I'm a little taken aback by the notion that somebody just offers themselves for office and you line up. I think you get out there, you earn it, you fight for it, and then you come and line up behind a nominee. ... I think he's special and has an opportunity to win, but I'm not a bandwagon jumper."

- Mayor Kasim Reed, speaking to reporters after his inaugural ceremony, responds to a question about whether he's supporting state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, in his race against Gov. Nathan Deal, a friend and ally of the mayor.

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