Mayor Kasim Reed lashes out at lesbian mayoral candidate
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had harsh words for mayoral candidate Cathy Woolard in response to her criticism of his use of emergency lights and sirens and his decision to use nearly $150 million in taxpayer funds to renovate Philips Arena.
The war of words started when Woolard, the first openly LGBT member of the Atlanta City Council and its first-ever LGBT president, criticized Reed following a Channel 2 investigation revealing that Reed often uses emergency lights and sirens as he travels to non-emergency events around the city.
“We have to go back to the premise of the law. Elected officials can’t use blue lights and sirens unless it’s an emergency,” Woolard told Channel 2. “It’s a big example of the kinds of things people look at and say, ‘ Hmmm, government is not working. We’ve got elected officials who are zooming through traffic that is clearly illegal, it’s dangerous. Why shouldn’t I be able to do that?’”
Woolard also dismissed Reed’s statements that he was just trying to do his job in the