“My concern with a boycott, not just at Home Depot but any of the … Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in Atlanta, is that you will impact families like ours,” she told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “Erin Burnett OutFront,” referencing her husband’s employment at Home Depot. “And I do think that there is a more effective way for us to get the necessary change that’s needed in the state.”
In expressing her concern over the boycotts, Bottoms, a Democrat, pointed to Atlanta as a major regional economy in the country and called for those opposed to the law to make their voices heard in other ways besides boycotting major Georgia-based companies.
“They have a real impact in our communities, in addition to the thousands of people who work for them,” Bottoms said. “So I think that our best chance right now is federal legislation but certainly still pressing forward and making changes come election year in states across this country.”
As to how opponents of the Georgia law can do that, Bottoms said, “For one, we can show up and vote next year for all of the statewide offices that will be on the ballot. But also we can give our support, and companies can give their support, to the legislation that’s pending before Congress. It may not solve all of our issues but it certainly will address many of them.”