Tonight, controversy is swirling around Macon mayoral Candidate C. Jack Ellis and general manager of the Macon Transit Authority, Rick Jones. The last time Jones spoke with Ellis was on election day when he says one of Ellis' volunteers shoved a pamphlet in his face, and said "if you don't support my candidate, you will not have a job the next day."
"I told him I did not appreciate it, and that I didn't want anybody threatened in that transfer station whether it was me, or a passenger, I didn't want anyone threatened, and when he asked me who it was, I pointed the guy out and he says 'oh he's a volunteer'."
"That's not the tone of our campaign. We do not condone that type of behavior, and we repudiate it," says Ellis.
At Terminal Station, the site of the incident, Ellis maintained that this whole scene began because of what he calls, a made up rule.
"The transit authority quote on quote has made a decision to have a proposed policy that there would be no campaigning at a federally funded bus transfer station."
Jones says another candidate approached him about campaigning at Terminal Station. He reached out to the state to clarify.
"I called the Georgia Department of Transportation, and they said we should not do it."
Ellis never asked because he never thought it would be an issue.
"If he shows me a policy, a law that states that you cannot campaign in or around a public transportation facility, I will adhere to that law."
When asked if he also provided bus funds to people in exchange for support, Ellis said he didn't buy anyone's vote.
"To even ask such a question is an insult to think as hard as African Americans worked to get the right to vote that we would sell our vote for a dollar and a quarter."
Regardless of what did or did not happen at Terminal Station, Jones maintains that going forward he will do what's best for his patrons.
"I don't want to impose something that's not legally binding. We want to make sure that what we do is the law."