Bottoms, who narrowly won a runoff four years ago, pushed back against questions about whether she could have claimed a second victory later that year. Noting a re-election fundraiser she ran with Biden, she said polls showed she was in a strong position.
“Is she afraid of the competition?” NEVER, “wrote Bottoms.
For them, the Bottoms tenure was a mixture of troubled politics in town hall and an increasingly bright national spotlight for them outside of town. She was among Biden’s earliest supporters, watching her profile rise early during the coronavirus pandemic and renewed awareness of policing in the United States following the death of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis officer last spring.
She praised a nationally televised press conference at which she accused protesters of “going home” while recording her own experiences of mothering black sons to empathize with citizens troubled by police violence.
Bottoms was criticized even weeks later when an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks. Official Garrett Rolfe was fired last June, the day after he shot the black man in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. Rolfe was later charged with murder.
But the Atlanta Civil Service Board on Wednesday overturned the layoff, finding that the city was following its own procedures and failed to give Rolfe due process. Bottoms said at the time that Rolfe would be on administrative leave while the criminal charges against him are resolved.
The Mayoress did not mention Floyd or Brooks in her announcement letter, merely hinting that “the social justice movement (which) took over our streets … and we insisted”.