Mayor Reed blasts critics over firing backlash

Posted: 7:01 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 ATLANTA —  Atlanta’s Mayor is firing back…

Georgia (Jan 22, 2015)Posted: 7:01 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015


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Atlanta’s Mayor is firing back on social media to people criticizing his termination of the former fire chief.

Mayor Kasim Reed fired Kelvin Cochran after Cochran wrote and distributed a book critical of homosexuals.

“Most of the tweets, emails and petitions are not from people I represent, not from people from Atlanta. And the overwhelming are not from Georgia,” Reed told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston.
Reed is known for speaking his mind. In one tweet, he silenced a man who criticized his decision tweeting, “And you should keep your ignorance, range and intolerance in Houston, where it appears that you live.”
To Clink M. Kelly, the mayor tweeted, “And you are living proof that people offer uninformed opinions on matters they know nothing about. Enjoy Charleston.”

Reed told Huddleston he is not about to change his mind about his decision to fire Cochran.
“I think in Atlanta, the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we welcome robust debate and differences of opinion,” said Reed.

Political experts say Reed may have gone too far in his tweets.

“Sometimes the mayor’s tone has gotten in the way of his message. He does have a temper,” said Professor Kerwin Swint with the Kennesaw State University Political Science Department.


He said Twitter could come back to haunt Reed politically.


“Twitter is a very dangerous medium, and you have to be very careful about what you say and how you say it,” said Swint.


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