Keisha Lance Bottoms was offered an unspecified position in President-elect Joe Biden‘s administration, but she turned it down
Although Bottom’s senior adviser Rashad Taylor didn’t say what position Bottoms was offered, it was however stated that she turned it down to focus on her job as the mayor of Atlanta.
“Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been offered a role in the Cabinet, which she respectfully declined,” Taylor told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“The Mayor’s focus remains on the people of Atlanta and the great state of Georgia,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the process, and the other candidates under consideration, no additional comment will be forthcoming on this matter at this time.”
Although no mention of the position was offered to her, however, Charles Bethea, a reporter with the New Yorker, on Friday tweeted that Bottoms turned down an offer to become Ambassador to the Bahamas.
The statement from the mayor’s office rejected that speculation.
“She was never offered an ambassadorship,” the statement said.
Mayor Bottoms was instrumental in Biden’s win and sources had her fingered to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Affordable housing has been an important piece of her role as Mayor. Bottoms was also a top candidate to be Biden’s vice president before he eventually selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).