Kasim Reed: ‘Miguel Southwell is fortunate that I don’t destroy his career’

Miguel Southwell (right) talks with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in friendlier times. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Miguel Southwell (right) talks with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in friendlier times. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

This fight between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the sacked general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport isn’t getting any friendlier.

You know that Miguel Southwell, fired by Reed last month for unspecified reasons, has hired a law firm that specializes in wrongful termination suits and whistleblower cases. Southwell has suggested that the mayor’s office wanted more control over contracts to be awarded during an upcoming wave of construction and remodeling projects.logo-all

On Thursday, in front of Aaron Diamant and a Channel 2 Action News camera, the mayor unloaded on his former employee. From the TV station’s website:

“…[I]f he continues this path I’m going to make public why he was fired. And he knows, that not only could I have fired him, I could have pressed charges against him if had chosen to do so. You understand me?” Reed said…

“The fact of the matter is this. Miguel Southwell is fortunate that I don’t destroy his career,” Reed said. “What I’ve been trying to do was to allow him to leave with dignity.”

Reed wouldn’t give up any goods, but proclaimed Southwell would lose any lawsuit.

“Why are all of these claims being made now that he’s unemployed? If he was a person who was honorable and had the level of dignity that a leader in my department has, if he felt these things, he should have resigned or said something about it,” Reed said.

Watch it here:

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The New York Times reports that millions more white, older working-class voters went to the polls in 2012 presidential election than exit polls have indicated, raising the possibility that Donald Trump has access to more November support than many once thought. But if that’s so, we would also need to rethink the current president’s appeal among white voters:

The wider path may help explain why Mr. Trump is competitive in early general election surveys against Hillary Clinton. And it calls into question the prevailing demographic explanation of recent elections, which held that Barack Obama did very poorly among whites and won only because young and minority voters turned out in record numbers. This story line led Republicans to conclude that they had maximized their support from white voters and needed to reach out to Hispanics to win in 2016.

The data implies that Mr. Obama was not as weak among white voters as typically believed. He fared better than his predecessors among white voters outside the South. Demographic shifts weren’t so important: He would have been re-elected even with an electorate as old and white as it was in 2004. Latino voters did not put Mr. Obama over the top, as many argued in the days after Mr. Obama’s re-election. He would have won even if he had done as poorly among Latino voters as John Kerry.

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Apparently, mentioning your support for Donald Trump on a first date can reduce your chances of a second one. From a New York Post article on the Trump dating site started by Republican David Goss:

More than 500 Trump fans have joined since TrumpSingles went live in May. Goss says most of his users are from New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Like with most online dating services, users can search matches by age, location and interests. While it’s free to sign up, users can only send one message a day unless they cough up a $4.95 monthly subscription.

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Donald Trump’s Dunwoody-based minority guru is headed to Washington. Bruce LeVell, the leader of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, plans to meet with the Republican National Committee this summer to work up strategies to help the candidate appeal to minorities. Here’s more from Time magazine:

“We are not looking for photo ops or trying to make ourselves look good in the press,” said Bruce LeVell, a jeweler from Atlanta who is executive director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. “We are looking at seriously hey, Mr. RNC—or should I say Mr. and Mrs. RNC, because it is an entity in itself—how can we help you? And in return, they are like, well, how can you help us?”

Some 35 members of Trump’s unofficial diversity team have confirmed they will travel to RNC headquarters in Washington to meet with its leadership, LeVell says. The group, which Trump has met with, also includes Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott, reality TV star Omarosa Manigault, and Trump business advisor Michael Cohen.

They plan to meet July 1 with the RNC’s deputy political director Jennifer Korn and national director of African American initiatives Telly Lovelace. Chairman Reince Priebus, LeVell says, has not yet confirmed his participation. “The RNC invited the NDC for Trump to meet with us,” an RNC official confirmed to TIME. “The meeting is still in the planning stages. We look forward to working together.”

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In the Third District congressional runoff, Republican Drew Ferguson this morning picked up the endorsement of defeated rival Jim Pace. Ferguson ran a close second to state Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newnan. From the press release:

With Pace’s endorsement, all five of the other candidates in this year’s GOP primary have endorsed Drew over state Sen. Mike Crane who essentially tied Ferguson in the primary.  Supporters of these candidates made up roughly 73 percent of the votes cast in the primary when added to Drew’s 27 percent.

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On Thursday, we told you that Republican leaders in the U.S. House had thwarted a Democratic attempt to load up a spending bill shepherded by Tom Graves, R-Ranger, with some rather controversial amendments.

But last night, as the House debated the $3.5 billion bill, which deals primarily with congressional spending,  Democrats continued to slam Graves and his GOP colleagues for including language in a sidecar to the bill that would essentially compel the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien,” among other terms, to describe undocumented immigrants.

Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz compared the term to the word “Negro.”

“We evolve in this country and it is understandable that someone who was not a member of a group of immigrants wouldn’t understand that that term could be pejorative,” Schultz told Graves on the House floor. “We should evolve as a society.”

Graves shot back, saying that the language in question would keep the Library of Congress’ system consistent with terminology used in Supreme Court decisions and federal laws for decades.

“We’re actually helping the library here. We’re not telling them what words to use. We’re just saying ‘hey, be consistent with U.S. law,'” Graves said. “That keeps it pretty simple, I believe.”


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