President-elect Joe Biden is doling out powerful positions to people who helped him get elected, but not everyone is saying yes.
Biden offered a powerful position to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to serve in his Cabinet, but the Democrat turned down the offer.
Bottoms was reportedly on Biden’s shortlist to be his vice president before he ultimately chose California Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris.
Citing Rashad Taylor, Bottoms’ senior adviser, the mayor is focused on the people of her city and “respectfully declined” the offer.
There seems to be a bit of confusion — or lack of clarity — surrounding what position Bottoms was offered.
Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Epstein tweeted that Bottoms was offered a position to be an “administrator of the Small Business Administration.”
Epstein also reported that Bottoms denied reports that she was offered ambassador to the Bahamas.
A spokesperson for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she turned down a Biden cabinet job (I’ve heard it was to be administrator of the Small Business Administration). Also denies report she was offered ambassador to the Bahamas, which the transition also denied. pic.twitter.com/idRQDDx302
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) December 12, 2020
Bottoms, who is a Black woman, made national news earlier this year as she clashed with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp over whether she had the authority to mandate that masks be worn in Georgia’s largest city.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms turns down offer to join Biden cabinet https://t.co/HgTwlATBZ4
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) December 13, 2020
Biden has been offering a slew of liberals the opportunity to serve in his administration.
Earlier this month, Biden announced that he will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House.
Biden announced that Jen Psaki, a longtime Democratic spokeswoman who worked in the Obama administration, will serve as his press secretary.
Psaki was a White House communications director and a spokesperson at the State Department under the Obama administration.
Psaki has a long history of questionable actions and made a slew of eyebrow-raising comments:
Biden announced late last month that he had selected longtime aide Tony Blinken to serve as the secretary of state.
Blinken was staff director on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 2000s when Biden was the top Democrat on the panel.
Biden has selected his longtime aide Ronald Klain to serve as White House chief of staff in his incoming administration.
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