ATLANTA -- Even though he’s a virtual shoe-in to be re-elected on November 5, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hasn’t stopped pounding the pavement in search of more votes. That much was evident Thursday night, when strode into the patio level suite of the Museum Tower downtown and expressed his second-term intentions to dozens of approving residents and invited guests.
The intimate wine-and-cheese function wasn’t so much a fundraiser as it was a deal-sealer. Many of Reed’s observations about the future, and reflections on his first term in office, were greeted with applause and nods of approval. Most of the questions he fielded revolved around economic development downtown, and the political horizons he’s eyeing after serving four more years.
Reed joked that he’ll most likely take some time off to, “make some money”, before seeking any other political office.
In his most introspective comments, Reed addressed the historical political events that occurred over the past week: the election of Newark, N.J. Mayor Corey Booker to the U.S. Senate, and President Barack Obama’s triumph over hostile Republican legislators to end the federal government shutdown and lift the nation’s debt ceiling without weakening his landmark Affordable Health Care Act.
He said Booker was a close friend and regard his election to the Senate as a point of personal pride. And he typified Obama’s conduct during the budget deliberations as the ultimate display of courageous and dignified leadership.
Dressed as if he’d plucked from Will Smith’s wardrobe on the “Men In Black” film set, Reed might as well have said of his success as Mayor: “I make this look good.”