Bottoms had beforehand been into account to turn out to be Biden’s vice presidential nominee.
ATLANTA — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was as soon as on an extended checklist of potential Vice President nominees, has turned down a proposal to be part of President-elect Joe Biden’s cupboard, a spokesman stated.
“Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been supplied a task within the Cupboard, which she respectfully declined,” a Bottoms spokesperson stated in a press release obtained by the Related Press.
“The Mayor’s focus stays on the individuals of Atlanta and the good state of Georgia,” the assertion stated. “Out of respect for the method, and the opposite candidates into account, no extra remark shall be forthcoming on this matter right now.”
The assertion didn’t say what place was supplied to her, nonetheless, Charles Bethea, a reporter with the New Yorker, on Friday tweeted that Bottoms turned down a proposal to turn out to be Ambassador to the Bahamas.
The assertion from the mayor’s workplace rejected that hypothesis.
“She was by no means supplied an ambassadorship,” the assertion stated.
Since Biden gained the election, there have been talks that Mayor Bottoms may probably lead the Division of Housing and City Growth.
Inexpensive housing has been an vital piece of her function as Mayor and she or he was a robust voice in Biden’s election.
Simply final 12 months, Bottoms unveiled a massive plan to create extra reasonably priced housing within the metropolis — a $1 billion public-private initiative to enhance entry to housing.
Throughout a media briefing on Nov. 18, Bottoms was requested about becoming a member of the Biden administration and heading to D.C.
“I’ve not gotten any calls about leaving Atlanta. I’ve a fairly busy — a fairly good job right here. So I’ve not gotten any calls from them,” she stated. “You already know, I would by no means say by no means. Umm, however there’s nothing earlier than me to contemplate.”
Biden, as a substitute, last week tapped Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge for that function. Fudge, 68, could be the primary Black lady to steer the division in many years.
The president-elect has promised to make his Cupboard the most diverse in history.