Ellis calls campaign flier ‘disgusting, despicable, racist’

Staff reportOctober 18, 2013 

Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis on Friday denounced bigotry that came to light during Bibb County’s recent political campaigns.

Speaking at his house on Monroe Street, Ellis first congratulated his mayoral race foe, Robert Reichert, on his victory.

Ellis said he wanted to “extend the hand of friendship ... to pledge my support and my help in any way I can to continue to make our city the best city it can be.”

“And I’m not looking for a job,” Ellis added. “I want to make sure that’s clear.”

As for the late-campaign bigotry, Ellis said what prompted his ire in particular was a flier left on car windshields outside churches on Sunday, two days before Tuesday’s runoff vote, that included a racial epithet.

Among other accusations, the flier said that any black voters who supported Reichert for mayor of the new consolidated government or Larry Schlesinger for a district commission post were “Plantation Nigras.”

The flier urged “everyone you know to vote for Jack Ellis” and two other black candidates.

Ellis deemed the flier’s unknown creator “a sick person” for distributing something that was “disgusting, despicable, racist.”

“I just want to denounce it as strongly as I possibly can,” he said, “and say to whoever was injured or hurt by it -- and I was hurt by it personally because someone had the audacity to put my name on it -- I just want to say to them that I would never under any circumstances ... associate myself with anyone or any such utterance.”

Asked if he knew who authored the flier, which referred to “Reichert and his Republican Obama haters,” Ellis said he did not.

He said if he knew, he would “go to them, and I’m not gonna say what, I’m not a violent man, but I know what I would want to do.”

Ellis said Friday’s remarks were an effort to show unity as the new consolidated government takes shape.

“We all must come together,” he said.

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