Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Declines Biden Cabinet Position

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 27: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks before Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during a drive-in campaign rally in the parking lot of Cellairis Ampitheatre on October 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Biden is campaigning in Georgia on Tuesday, with scheduled stops in Atlanta and Warm Springs. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Declines Biden Cabinet Position

The President-elect’s transition team confirmed the offer was made.

Published December 14th

Written by Paul Meara

Joe Biden reportedly offered Keisha Lance Bottoms a position in his cabinet, which the Atlanta mayor turned down.

“Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been offered a role in the Cabinet, which she respectfully declined,” Rashad Taylor, Bottoms’ senior advisor, said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It isn’t clear which position Bottoms was offered, or why she turned it down.

“The Mayor’s focus remains on the people of Atlanta and the great state of Georgia,” Taylor continued. “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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On Friday (December 11), speculation arose on social media based on a tweet from a reporter that Bottoms had been offered the position of ambassador to the Bahamas.

“She was never offered an Ambassadorship,” Taylor said, refuting the social media claims.

The Biden Transition Press Office confirmed Taylor’s statement but also did not respond to a question about which Cabinet position was offered.

Bottoms was an early and staunch supporter of Biden’s campaign and was a big part in helping the former vice president win the state during the Democratic primaries. Atlanta was also key in helping Biden eventually win Georgia in the general election.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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