First of all, no Republicans are running for Mayor. So if you are a Republican, and you really want to have a say in who becomes the next Mayor of Macon, prepare to vote Democrat.
But the Democratic field isn’t so grand. There’s political newcomer Paul Bronson–who says things that make him an attractive candidate–but he has no chance of winning. And then there are the three real contenders: Robert Brown, C. Jack Ellis, and Robert Reichert. An incumbent, a former Mayor, and a former State Senator, that is the field folks.
A long, long time ago, in a galaxy not-so-far away, C. Jack Ellis was Mayor of Macon, Georgia. He was a used car salesman turned political darling. Then he made Macon famous, but not the good type of famous. The type of famous that comes along with a Mayor who converts to Islam, pulls over bad drivers in his City provided Lincoln, sends warm thoughts to Hugo Chavez, or from finding Macon’s sister cities abroad (better known as tax-payer-funded vacations.) Oh, and he was investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the city’s spending practices under his leadership.
Despite all of those things, Ellis is not the worst candidate for Mayor this go-around. While Ellis had his moments of wacky-entertainment value, he also did some good for the city. Ellis is spared this distinction only because Robert Brown is running.
I quite honestly would not trust the former State Senator to run an unincorporated community, much-less one of the larger cities in the state. His explosive rhetoric, refusal to address serious questions posed to him, desire to attack fellow Senators, and a poor track record with handling his own affairs, I believe, disqualify him from this job. Rather than reinventing the wheel, here is an article I wrote earlier this year. And here is the quote containing just about everything you need to know about the former State Senator:
But I won’t try and discern this sign’s message or meaning. Because Senator Brown would just tell me I’m misinterpreting it. Or accuse me of being racist somehow. Maybe this billboard is the product of his failure to pay taxes and failure to take furlough days. I must admit, I had some trepidation about photographing anything related to Senator Brown.
So that leaves the primary down to Reichert, who is leading fundraising. Mayor Reichert is not the perfect candidate; in-fact he is far from it. His head is in the right place in regard to county consolidation, transportation issues, and financial issues. While Macon has not become the bright shining center of the universe under his leadership, the city is making progress from where it was in 2007.
I have only one true concern about Reichert. Like many of us, he seems to have realized that Atlanta is slowly becoming a state-unto-itself. As Mayor of Macon, he likely sees himself as the new Governor of (South) Georgia and has begun contemplating his imperial rule over the counties of (South) Georgia. So long as he stays away from that, he’ll do just fine.