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The Reed Administration Response to Bill Torpy’s December 22 Column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Post Date:12/22/2017 7:30 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303 

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 22, 2017

 The Reed Administration Response to Bill Torpy’s December 22 Column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Statement from Tom Sabulis

ATLANTA - "In his Dec. 22 online column, the AJC’s Bill Torpy shows how angry he is that, after all his auditioning, he will still have to be a local columnist for the newspaper, and not Mary Norwood’s Director of Communications.

Of course, Torpy protested and said he was never interested in the job, but he remains fixated on the idea that Mayor Reed wanted to be Secretary of Transportation, and even spent the last five years wishing he had gotten the job.

If Torpy performed as a real journalist, his column would have reported that Mayor Reed was on the record in his support of Anthony Foxx becoming Secretary of Transportation, and that he made clear his preference at the time to remain Mayor.

Mayor Reed has been honored to serve two terms and leave with a 65 percent approval rating and a 69 percent ‘right track’ rating for the City.

From his desk in Dunwoody, Torpy will have to grapple with the fact that Atlanta voters – of which he is not one – have once again approved the direction of the City, which is in its best financial shape in 40 years, by electing Keisha Lance Bottoms as Mayor.

But facts can’t temper Torpy’s fury. This is the same pundit who ridiculed the notion that Mayor Reed would ever be considered for the Vice President slot during the 2016 Presidential campaign -- only to learn that he was one of seven African-American officials considered by Secretary Clinton’s campaign chairman for that job.

Torpy still can’t bring himself to acknowledge that, during Mayor Reed’s eight-year tenure, we have inspired unprecedented growth; built our cash reserves from $7.4 million to more than $200 million; increased our credit rating from near junk-bond status to AA+; overseen the historic expansion of MARTA and the Atlanta BeltLine; and negotiated the largest annexation into Atlanta since the addition of Buckhead – all without once raising property taxes.

Of course, Bill Torpy has no allegiance to truth or balance. He has spent two years writing 46 negative opinion columns about Mayor Reed - someone he has met for less than 30 minutes - and he has no results to show for it.

Now that Mayor Reed is leaving office, maybe Torpy will direct his anger somewhere else, and not toward our new leader, Mayor-Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms, who will be great for the City of Atlanta.

He told you she was going to win, Bill. You should have listened. Merry Christmas."

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