Out of office, but not the spotlight: Shirley Franklin… | www.myajc.com

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Sep

Out of office, but not the spotlight: Shirley Franklin… | www.myajc.com

Shirley Franklin is not running for office this year, but the former mayor has become a target of political warfare in Atlanta’s increasingly contentious municipal elections.

Franklin was the subject of a citywide political robocall this week, in which an unidentified caller disparaged policy decisions she made in office and her support of former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall after the cheating scandal. The caller may have violated federal communications laws by failing to disclose the organization funding the attack and not giving contact information.

The “Shame on Shirley” calls were identified solely by the word “payphone” on caller ID, with a number traced back to a gas station in Union City.

While Franklin isn’t vying for a seat at City Hall, she’s supporting Matt Westmoreland and Eshé Collins for the Atlanta Board of Education. She has also endorsed Andre Dickens, who is running for the Atlanta City Council post held by H. Lamar Willis, an ally of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Franklin’s support of Dickens runs deep and family-wide. Dickens, a Ga. Tech administrator, is a childhood friend of Franklin’s son Cabral, who with wife Candice Franklin is volunteering on the campaign.

“I don’t know what the motivation for the call was. I do know, however, that the main question for me about the call is not what was said, but the issue of integrity,” said Franklin, who recently held a fundraiser for Dickens. “Not only did they not identify themselves, which is questionable in terms of their courage and integrity, but neither did they put the issues in context.”

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