Water finds its own level and so does Bottoms. And that happens to be a job with a failed administration.
Not all that long ago, the former Atlanta mayor was turning Biden down.
Joe Biden implored Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to accept a job heading the Small Business Administration earlier this week, a lesser position she rejected after he characterized it as “only the first step” for her during his presidency, according to people familiar with the discussion.
Now she’s coming on board after all.
President Biden is tapping former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to replace Cedric Richmond as one of his most senior aides, bringing a Democratic rising star and former VP contender into the White House at a critical juncture, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: As director of the White House Office of Public Engagement beginning in the coming weeks, Bottoms will immediately have access to some of the most high-level planning and strategy sessions in the West Wing — and to the president himself.
So she can do for America, what she did for Atlanta?
When Black Lives Matter racists took to the street demanding police defunding, Bottoms claimed that she had already been defunding the police for years. Atlanta jail’s was going to be shut down and turned into a community center. Police defunding, like all pro-crime policies, always gets results and it was no different in Atlanta where murders shot up 60%.
Shootings went up 51%, while rapes and aggravated assaults rose by double digits after arrests dropped by over 40%.
Bottoms tried to blame Gov. Kemp for reopening Georgia.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says her city is besieged by crime because Republicans in the statehouse jumped the gun on ending Georgia’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Bottoms, a Democrat, told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that lax gun laws and young people with too much free time have added to a 50 percent increase in murders from before the pandemic — but she said Gov. Brian Kemp’s controversial April 20, 2020, move to ease lockdown restrictions was also a main culprit.
“Remember in Georgia we were opened up before the rest of the country, even before the CDC said that it was safe for us to open so our night clubs and our bars remained open so we had people traveling here from across the country to party in our city,” Bottoms said during the Friday interview.
And so Bottoms went from being touted as a potential Biden VP to getting a job in a dead end administration. But it helps pay the bills.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms agreed during a state ethics commission meeting Thursday to pay a fine of $37,000 for irregularities in her campaign finances during the 2017 mayor’s race.
The settlement comes after a long investigation into both candidate’s campaign contributions during the race nearly four years ago.