Atlanta mayor Keisha Bottoms turned down Biden's Cabinet offer

Atlanta mayor Keisha Bottoms turned down Biden's Cabinet offer

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms arrives to speak during a drive-in rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

ATLANTA: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms turned down an opportunity to serve in President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet, according to a spokesperson for the mayor on Saturday (Dec 12).

The statement did not say what Cabinet position she had been offered.

Bottoms, one of the state's most influential Democrats, had previously been under consideration to become Biden’s vice presidential nominee.

“Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been offered a role in the Cabinet, which she respectfully declined,” a Bottoms spokesperson said in a statement.

“The Mayor’s focus remains on the people of Atlanta and the great state of Georgia,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the process, and the other candidates under consideration, no additional comment will be forthcoming on this matter at this time.”

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The statement also rejected speculation that Bottoms had turned down a chance to be an ambassador.

“She was never offered an ambassadorship,” the statement said.

Bottoms made national news earlier this year as she clashed with Republican Governor Brian Kemp over whether she had the authority to mandate that masks be worn in Georgia's largest city. Bottoms, a Black woman, was also widely praised in late May for her passionate and deeply personal plea for demonstrators in downtown Atlanta to go home after protests over racial injustice turned violent.

Source: AP/ta

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