Clyburn mentions Atlanta Mayor Bottoms as possible VP pick

04/08/2019 — Atlanta, Georgia — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (left) sits with U.S. Congressman John Lewis (second from left) during a tribute to Congressman John Lewis in the atrium of the domestic terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Monday, April 8, 2019. The art exhibit “John Lewis-Good Trouble” was unveiled Monday with historical artifacts, audio and visual installations and tributes to the congressman. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

South Carolina Democratic U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn mentioned Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as a potential choice for Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate in an article published in the London-based Financial Times last week.

Clyburn, the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip, is the most powerful African-American in congress. His

endorsement of Biden earlier this year helped Biden win the South Carolina presidential primary — a key victory that put Biden on a trajectory to be the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Clyburn told the Times that he wanted a black woman on the 2020 presidential ticket. He said former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams lacked enough experience, but he had different thoughts about Bottoms, Biden’s top surrogate in Georgia.

“There is a young lady right there in Georgia who I think would make a tremendous VP candidate, and that’s the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms,” Clyburn told the Times.

A spokesman for Bottoms declined to comment on Clyburn’s quote.