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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has claimed that President-elect Joe Biden offered her a position in his Cabinet, but she did not accept it.
The news came via a statement from Rashad Taylor, Bottoms’ senior adviser.
“Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been offered a role in the Cabinet, which she respectfully declined,” Taylor said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“The Mayor’s focus remains on the people of Atlanta and the great state of Georgia,” Taylor continued. “Out of respect for the process, and the other candidates under consideration, no additional comment will be forthcoming on this matter at this time.”
The Biden Transition Press Office the claim but would not state which position she was offered.
Last month, Bottoms was asked about joining the Biden administration and heading to D.C.
“I’ve not gotten any calls about leaving Atlanta. I have a pretty busy — a pretty good job here. So I have not gotten any calls from them,” she said on Nov. 18. “You know, I’d never say never. Umm, but there’s nothing before me to consider.”
Rumors circulated that Bottoms was offered a position as ambassador to the Bahamas, but Taylor shot down the reports. It was also speculated that she may have been offered the position as head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Last week, it was announced that Marcia Fudge, a House member from Ohio, has been tapped for the position.
Fudge had previously spoken out against Black politicians being tapped for such a role.
“As this country becomes more and more diverse, we’re going to have to stop looking at only certain agencies as those that people like me fit in,” she said. “You know, it’s always ‘we want to put the Black person in Labor or HUD.'”