Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Arrington for Mayor?

While Creative Loafing broke the news last week, the AJC and ABC are reporting that Superior Court judge Marvin Arrington is "considering" and "pondering" a run for mayor. Why didn't I comment last week when CL reported on it? Because I couldnt' think of anything to add to Scott Henry's take:
Frankly, part of our bewilderment about Arrington’s potential candidacy is that it doesn’t seem to make sense from a strategic point of view. Yes, Lisa Borders, an arguable front-runner, recently pulled out of the race. But, as we pointed out in an earlier (and quite entertaining) blog post, her exit has created the opportunity for a pro-business candidate – not Arrington’s strong suit.

In fact, apart from his age, an impressive 30 years of experience on the Council and the fact that he’s BFF with Bill Cosby, Arrington doesn’t bring much unique to the race. His brand of old-school city politics is all but obsolete, while such declared candidates as state Sen. Kasim Reed and Councilman Ceasar Mitchell represent the new, young face of Atlanta’s black leadership.
Arrington's candidacy probably kills off Jesse Spikes candidacy, as Arrington fills the "hoary old black dude with ages old city connections" role a lot better. Still, I still am curious how Spikes ends up relating with the business community, and I don't want to count him out just yet.

Also, Galloway had a great piece over the weekend on Lisa Borders' exit. Her folks really are in bad shape, and it's hard to fault her for dropping out of the race:
The Border siblings have divvied up the chores. One brother manages parental properties. Another brother handles the father’s personal care. A sister is in charge of logistics — shuttling both parents from one doctor’s appointment to another.

Even so, throw in the consulting firm she’s started up, and a City Hall job that is part-time only in theory, and Lisa Borders found herself down to three or four hours sleep a night. “It’s more than an ocean,” she said.
Sometimes it is too easy to only look at the political angle, and ignore the human side of politics.

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