Atlanta Mayor: Kemp Didn’t Warn Me Before He Allowed Businesses To Reopen

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks onstage during the City of Hope on June 17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for City Of Hope)
April 21, 2020 9:11 a.m.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms said on Tuesday morning that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) hadn’t given her or other state leaders a heads-up when he announced he would let several businesses to resume operations.

“I have a great working relationship with our governor, but I did not speak with him before he made this announcement,” the mayor told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

According to Bottoms, Kemp also hadn’t told Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis and “several leaders across the state” about his plans either.

“We really are at a loss,” she said. “And I am concerned as a mother and as the mayor of our capital city.”

Kemp asserted on Monday that “favorable data, enhanced testing and the approval of our health care officials” meant some businesses, such as salons and gyms, could reopen.

On Tuesday, Bottoms said she was “perplexed” by his decision.

“I look forward to having a better understanding of what his reasoning is,” the mayor said. “But as I look at the data and as I talk with our public health officials, I don’t see that it’s based on anything that’s logical.”

Watch Bottoms below:

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