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Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin gives kudos to City Council President Lisa Borders

It was a moment when eyebrows went up.

At Wednesday’s annual luncheon meeting of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin took the podium as the last time in her current role.

“I want to congratulate you for hanging tough in tough in tough times,” Franklin told the hospitality community.

And when she acknowledged the presence of other elected officials in Hyatt Regency ballroom, she only singled out one person by name, saying: “none more important than the president of City Council, Lisa Borders.”

In response, Borders blew Franklin a kiss.

It has been widely understood, but never publicly stated, that Mayor Franklin is supporting State Senator Kasim Reed’s bid for mayor. Reed was instrumental in both of Franklin’s successful mayoral races.

A couple of weeks ago, Borders, re-entered the mayor’s race. She had been considered the frontrunner before she withdrew from the campaign last August, citing family concerns.

The fact that Franklin gave such a warm shout-out to Borders at Wednesday luncheon was particularly significant because of who was in the room. The ACVB meeting is a high-profile venue with hundreds of business and civic leaders in the room.

Time will tell whether this means Franklin is changing her allegiances or simply trying to be fair to all those seeking to succeed her.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.



  1. Wilbert News April 16, 2009 1:31 pm

    Interesting move by Shirley. Of course, given Shirley’s current stature among voters, city council members and public safety officials, I’m not sure her support would be viewed by all as a plus.Report

  2. Allen White April 16, 2009 3:32 pm

    Wilbert, you obviously didn’t see Mary Norwood’s last poll that showed Shirley’s favorability at near 70%. A favorability that high is unheard of for a lame duck mayor in a recession.Report

  3. Adora Andy April 16, 2009 7:14 pm

    Please no one would vote for Mohamed Kasim Reed and why doesn’t he use his first name anyway.Report


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