Mary Norwood burnishes her credentials at the DNC meeting in Atlanta

Back in 2009, Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed were locked in a tight runoff to become the next mayor of Atlanta.

In the final ballot round, Norwood trailed Reed by a mere 700 votes. One of the reasons: The Georgia Democratic party had weighed in on Reed’s side, spending at least $165,000 attacking Norwood as a closet Republican.

The Atlanta city councilwoman is determined that the same label won’t sink her in 2017. While members of the Democratic National Committee, including Mayor Reed, were casting ballots in the tight race for chairman, Norwood dropped in for a little schmoozing.

We provide the proof above.

In one of the post-ballot lulls, we tracked down Reed, who had already noticed Norwood. “It’s not going to work. But it’s a nice stunt. You can’t change the past, baby,” the mayor said.

Norwood isn’t the only candidate for mayor who has taken out party identity insurance. Businessman Peter Aman, once the city’s COO, was a prominent visitor to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.