Interesting. The LGBT vote is a swing vote in Atlanta.
All four leading mayoral candidates -- Lisa Borders, Mary Norwood, Kasim Reed and Jesse Spikes -- sent statements urging city officials to conduct a fair investigation into the Sept. 10 raid at the Atlanta Eagle and punish any police officers found to have violated the bar patrons' civil rights.
Another candidate, Kyle Keyser, went to a rally at the bar the following Sunday to protest what demonstrators argue was police misconduct.
The quick responses to the raid highlight the increasingly fierce battle among the candidates for votes from Atlanta's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Some estimate 15 percent of Atlanta residents are LGBT, and which way they vote could ultimately decide who becomes the city's 59th mayor.
Georgia has a lesbian member of the legislature. The Democratic candidates for Atlanta mayor all promise the community untold opportunities and stand with us on our issues. I guess I'm going to move Georgia a little closer to "Coastal" instead of just "Southern" in my mental hierarchy of state rankings. It definitely beats Indiana, but, hell, we're the middle finger of the south.