Atlanta’s Mayor Turns Down Joe Biden’s Cabinet Offer After He Dubs It ‘Only First Step’, Report Says

Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Georgia’s largest metropolis, is alleged to have first turned down a newly proposed Cabinet position whereas chatting with Joe Biden’s representatives, after which she reportedly stood her floor when speaking privately to the president-elect.

Joe Biden requested Atlanta’s mayor, rising Democratic star Keisha Lance Bottoms, to move the Small Business Administration (SBA) earlier this week, however she turned down the provide, Axios reported, citing individuals acquainted with the talks.

While genuinely focused on small enterprise growth, main a authorities company just like the SBA was not her cup of tea, one individual shared about Lance, the African-American chief govt of the sprawling south-eastern metropolis.

REUTERS / JOSHUA ROBERTSPresident-elect Joe Biden stands together with his nominees for his nationwide safety group at his transition headquarters within the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020

She reportedly confirmed her resolution on to Biden, as he got here as much as her, with the pair exchanging a number of phrases after a latest pre-election rally in Atlanta. She had earlier reportedly turned down the identical job provide made by Biden’s representatives.

Biden reportedly stated throughout the rally, referring to Lance Bottoms, who was additionally current on stage:

During the tete-a-tete change, which hardly spanned an hour and reportedly passed off on Biden’s initiative, the president-elect ostensibly depicted the position he had tapped Bottoms for as “only the first step”, implying it’s as simply the primary stepping stone of her profession ladder on his group.

Despite rumours that Lance Bottoms, a mom of 4, had additionally rejected the ambassadorship to the Bahamas, the SBA job is the one place she’s been supplied thus far, based on an individual near the mayor, cited by Axios.

The supply stated there are nonetheless choices for a profession apart from mayor for her, implying Bottoms, who’s supposedly near Rep. James Clyburn, a Democrat who labored to ship South Carolina for Biden, might nonetheless have brighter statewide prospects. It is alleged to be depending on the outcomes of Georgia’s Senate votes and gubernatorial elections.

Biden reportedly weighed Bottoms’ candidacy for his working mate as an alternative of Kamala Harris, as he appeared to make good (and nonetheless is) on his pledge to construct a Cabinet reflecting America’s variety. Yet there will not be so many high-profile positions within the White House Cabinet left unoccupied, whereas the strain remains to be mounting on Biden to additional diversify his interior circle.

Two Senate runoff votes are scheduled to happen in Georgia on 5 January, with GOP Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler taking over Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. At least one of many Republicans should win for the GOP to retain their Senate majority.


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