Keisha Lance Bottoms is the rising figure of the camp, a democrat, to the point of having his chances as veep Joe Biden, in view of the us presidential election. Here are 10 things to know about the mayor of Atlanta.
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1. “I can’t protect you “
The 29th of may in the evening, the situation worsens. Looters are at work, the windows of the building of the CNN have been broken. The mayor calls a press conference and speaks, without notes, with just over 4 minutes. “Yesterday, when I heard that there were rumors of violent protests in Atlanta, I did what would make a mother. I called my son and told him : “Where are you ? I can’t protect you.” “ Such violence, she said, “not in the spirit of Martin Luther King “. Of the right words, raw emotion… Joe Biden, and many others, are amazed.
2. Flu blue
The ” blue flu “, or “the flu,” blue reigns when police officers are wearing pale to express their discontent. This is what happened after the indictment of one of their own, Garrett Rolfe. The cop had been dismissed from the police after having killed Rayshard Brooks, a Black man, two bullets in the back. He will now have to be accountable to justice. The mayor welcomes : “Things are changing in this country and we cannot remain deaf. When there are problems, we need to respond very quickly. “David Kennedy, the criminologist american : “We protect the cops violent “
3. “Stay in you ! “
It is noted, on the national stage, by imposing on the 23rd march an order “staying at home” (” stay at home “) to fight against the coronavirus. Banal ? It is then that the republican governor of the State, Brian Kemp, drags the feet. Balance sheet, three months later : it was she who was right. Georgia, because of the laxity of its governor, knows more than 1,000 new infections per day. But Kemp, a protégé of Trump, does not care : on 11 June, despite the upsurge, it has even relaxed the rules of containment.
4. Major Lance
His father, Major Lance, was a boxer became a dancer then a singer and songwriter of Rhythm & Blues, the author of the famous hit ” Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um “. He had done the first part of a tour of the Beatles in 1964. But in 1978, he was sentenced to a deal of cocaine, and spent three years in prison. “This experience has changed my life “, said Keisha Lance Bottoms“she pushed me to go to law school and to choose public service. ” Major Lance died in 1994, at the age of 55. Elton John, it is said, was at her funeral.
5. A mayor named Keisha
The first time Keisha Lance Bottoms was presented to Barack Obama, then a simple councillor, it was instead a sober “Good for you” (“bravo “). But this November 2, 2018, when she found Obama in a meeting of support to Stacey Abrams for the post of governor of Georgia, it is a star that is addressed to him : “When we exercise our right to vote, not only in Atlanta can have a mayor named Keisha, but Georgia may have a governor named Stacey “, she said. Abrams will lose, narrowly.
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Former lawyer, then judge, she displays a centrism that is perfectly compatible with that of Biden. This has not prevented it to face Trump’s head on immigration : it has been one of the first mayors of major cities to have signed a decree putting an end to the detention, in the prison of the city, undocumented minors arrested by the police immigration. If Georgia law prevents it from declaring Atlanta’s city-sanctuary, nothing was forbidden, she notes, to make a “welcoming city “ for immigrants, hounded by the administration.
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7. “Mac N Cheese “
How to turn a disaster of culinary triumph ? Easy, even if it means to yield to the sexism surrounding it. When the mayor post on Twitter a picture of Christmas meal with a “Mac N Cheese” (macaroni casserole) – look frankly disastrous, all cooks him fall over. That’s not a problem, Lance Bottoms, puts the laughing of his side by launching, in a tv show for national campaign against hunger : “More than “Mac”. When she posts a photo of his chips sweet potato, no more sneers.
Bingo ! She was the first mayor of a large city to declare its support to Joe Biden, and she’s been beating the countryside for him. After defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire, when the campaign of Biden seems to be on the point of sinking, she runs the plates of television, recalling that the primary of South Carolina has not yet taken place and that “the South has its say.” “She was with Joe Biden before it was cool to be with Joe Biden “, note Tharon Johnson, a political consultant of long standing.
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9. Jim Clyburn
The chosen black the most powerful of the Congress, who helped Joe Biden to win the primary his State, South Carolina – a decisive turning point against Bernie Sanders – has a weakness for the mayor of Atlanta : “There’s a young lady near here in Georgia, which would, I think, a candidate formidable “ to the vice-presidency, “says Jim Clyburn in march, the” Financial Times “. Clyburn wants to be a ” VP ” in black, he finds, however, that the other Georgian candidate, Stacey Abrams, a lack of experience. Or may-be, but he does not say, that it is too left-wing for Joe.
10. Fifty-year old
The age of a vice-president should not be that important. Except when the candidate for presidency, called Joe Biden, a man who would beat the records of old-age presidential elections, taking office at a more advanced age than that of Ronald Reagan’s departure from the White House. The coup, 50 years of Keisha Lance Bottoms become a valuable asset : not too old to take over from Biden, many think that it would only be a mandate, but experienced enough to be judged capable of taking over at short notice.