Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has come under fire for hitting the campaign trail with presidential hopeful Joe Biden, while a violent crime wave sweeps the city.
Lance Bottoms made national headlines when she endorsed Biden for president. She hosted Biden's campaign stop in Atlanta, and since then, she has gone on the road to stump for him.
A 2019 FBI report shows a spike in the number of violent crimes in Atlanta in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.
Critics blame the Mayor's cash bail reform and her order to end police chases in Atlanta for the spike in violent crimes.
Atlantans question why Lance Bottoms is on the campaign trail with Biden, who is seen as a long run for the Democratic nomination.
Political insiders say Lance Bottoms is on the campaign trail with Biden because her name is on the short list to be Biden's running mate.
Sabrina Peterson, Atlanta socialite and owner of Glam Bar Salon, is organizing volunteers to help block the mayor's reelection. Instagram followers expressed their anger at Lance Bottoms' inaction on crime.
@Kelving2016 wrote: "Still stomping for Biden???? You're going to mess around and lose the mayorship following behind him. I have told you constantly but you refuse to acknowledge. I wish you the best."
And @terrilz wrote "Shouldn't you be governing in Atl. Fixing the enormous crime problem?"
Lance Bottoms narrowly defeated Mary Norwood in a runoff election in 2017.