A White House official confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday that President Joe Biden would be bringing former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms onto his staff in the coming days to replace Cedric Richmond as director of the Office of Public Engagement.
Bottoms will become one of Biden’s top advisers when she takes on the new role, which was vacated by Richmond last month.
Bottoms was mayor of Atlanta from 2017 until 2021, serving one term in the office. She was considered as a running mate for Biden before Kamala Harris was selected.
It has been rare for a mayor of Atlanta not to serve at least two terms, but Bottoms said the job was not what she expected and she had doubts about running again in her first year of office.
She had to contend with a corruption investigation into her predecessor Kasim Reed, the coronavirus pandemic, and as she put it, “a madman in office.”
But the worst thing that happened during her tenure was the rapid rise in violent crime; homicides were up 60% by the time Bottoms left office.
She claimed she still had a 68% approval rating and could have easily won a second term, but there were several others, including Reed, who were eyeing her job. Maybe she just thought it would be too much of a challenge to get re-elected.
After her term ended, Biden appointed her to be vice chairwoman of civic engagement and voter protection at the Democratic National Committee, a cushy exit route if ever there was one.
But despite her contentions that she “left the city a better place” than before she was mayor, Atlanta–like all major Democrat-run cities–continues to be a failing city ridden with crime and poverty.
It begs the question of why Biden would want to bring a failed Democrat mayor onto his staff, particularly one with the critical job of convincing the public that his policies were worthwhile and would work.
He is already struggling with his own failures to get his agenda enacted, and it’s a mystery why he would want to add someone else’s failures to his own.
I guess that has become the Democrat way–to lump failure on failure and try, try again with the same failing playbook. Let’s see how it works out for them.