An Atlanta mayoral election candidate has slammed ‘silly season’ in politics after an attempt to ‘dirty’ her name by tying her to Donald Trump.
The upcoming contest will decide the next mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
The election will be held on November 2, with a run-off election scheduled for November 30, if needed.
However, a text message sent out to residents in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday has sparked concerns.
The message featured a picture of former US President Donald Trump, a Republican.
A picture of mayoral candidate Felicia Moore, a Democrat, is also on the text message.
The text message says: “Early voting starts tomorrow. Thank you to the Fulton County Republican Party for supporting Moore for Mayor.
“Taking back Georgia and Fulton County starts with taking back Atlanta. Then the White House in 2024.
“Join the Fulton County Republican Party in taking the city back with Felicia Moore when you vote.”
The text also says ‘please join Fulton County Republican Party’.
A resident – who labelled it as a ‘shady ad’ – says the text message attempts to tie Moore to Trump and the Republicans.
Meanwhile, Moore has issued a statement on the matter.
She said: “I see it’s the silly season in Atlanta politics. It’s something we’ve seen time and time again.
“An ‘anonymous opponent’ has attempted to dirty my campaign name, personal contact information and values.
“Frankly, it’s flattering to be considered enough of a threat to have outright lies spread about me by anonymous sources.
“On the eve of early voting, this is a predictable distraction from the important conversations about what really matters – how we keep Atlanta families safe.
“Moving forward, I’ll continue to do what I have done since day one and focus on making Atlanta a safe, affordable city where we can all live, work, raise a family and one day retire.”
There are more than a dozen people in the race to become the next Atlanta Mayor.
The election is being held after incumbent Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she will not be seeking re-election.
The run-off will only be held if no candidate secures a majority of the vote in the initial round of the election.
The candidates are Antonio Brown, Andre Dickens, Kirsten Dunn, Nolan English, Sharon Gay, Mark Hammad, Kenneth Hill, Rebecca King, Felicia Moore, Kasim Reed, Walter Reeves, Roosevelt Searles III, Richard Wright and Glenn Wrightson.
Fulton County Republican Party has not yet responded to a request for a comment in relation to the text message.
One of Moore’s main opponents in the election, Reed, has also been asked for a comment, but is yet to respond.
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