MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Less than 24 hours before the special elections for the Macon-Bibb consolidated government and on Monday night, an offensive flyer has candidates talking about color ahead of the campaigns.
An anonymous political ad has surfaced accusing Macon mayor Robert Reichert of using his "sellout Plantation Nigras" to "trick" African-American voters. The notice goes on to say that "Reichert and Schlesinger's Republican agenda is bad for you!" and that "they used Sam Hart to get the Republican Consolidation passed then dropped him like a hot potato in his quest to become Mayor."
At the end of the ad, it encourages voters to cast their ballots for mayoral candidate C.Jack Ellis, commission district 6 candidate Adah Roberts and commission district 2 candidate Henry Ficklin. Reichert's campaign declined to comment. Ellis denied any connection to the ad stating "he's not running that kind of campaign." At a news conference on Monday, Roberts said that she is disappointed.
"Wel,l I thought it was disgusting yesterday, when I first opened it, and then now to think about how my name is being associated with it, I'm very upset about it," she said.
Nikki Randall, James Beverly, Al Tillman and several other elected officials are mentioned on the flyer for their alleged support of Macon mayor Robert Reichert and the Republican party.
"If we're going to practice civility, integrity and unity, then this is the type of stuff we have to denounce," Tillman said.
Roberts said she discovered the flyers on Sunday when they were distributed on cars outside of her church at Pentecostal Temple. She's also heard that there are copies on social media.