`It may not be a Sunday surprise given that it’s Monday, but a new Facebook page attacking one of the candidates in the special election to replace Rep. Simone Bell popped up recently.
“The Real Ralph Long” on Facebook highlights a text exchange between former Rep. Ralph Long and a friend where Ralph apparently lays out his plans to only stay in the legislative seat for a year before he resigns to run for Atlanta City Council. After checking we see that Ralph is in longtime Democratic incumbent Joyce Shepherd’s Atlanta City Council district.
Long is running against political newcomer and reproductive justice advocate Park Cannon and Kwame Thompson, a Mayor Reed appointee.
Long says he won’t stay in the state seat “any longer than he has to” and explicitly stated he had a 2017 city council run already planned out.
In my experience, voters aren’t thrilled about the idea of offices being a mere stepping stone to other ones (at least this quickly), so this may come back to bite him.
See the exchange for yourself here: