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Bottoms, the year-old Atlanta mayor, is a top surrogate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Abrams is the year-old voting rights activist who nearly became the first black female governor in American history. That potential has highlighted the different styles of ametican two lawyers-turned-politicians. Bottoms, while not sidestepping the talk, plays the more traditional role of loyal party lieutenant.
While the possibility of being up for the same job could stoke conflict, Abrams, Bottoms and their associates instead frame their national profiles as a boost for black women. Kamala Harris and Rep. Val Demings of Florida.
Stacey Abrams speaks to the crowd of supporters announcing they will wait till the morning for of the mid-terms election at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta on Nov. Before that, she willingly fielded questions about ing him on the ticket.
As Abrams remains a favorite of many progressive activists, Bottoms has gotten a prominent mention from influential black leaders like House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who is close to Biden, and Biden campaign co-chairman Cedric Richmond. The different approaches reflect how Bottoms has operated mostly within existing political machinery while Abrams has sought to build her own.
Three years ago, Abrams was the Georgia House minority leader building her campaign for governor; Bottoms was a city councilor running for mayor. Abrams had impressed Capitol circles but faced such skepticism as a statewide candidate that many older, white Democratic power brokers backed a white state representative from the Atlanta suburbs. Bottoms, conversely, had the backing of outgoing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, himself once viewed as a potential governor.
Both politicians have shown s of practicality. And while Abrams calls for ificant changes in U.