Word: Macon people angry
This month, Macon residents reacted angrily after Mayor Jack Ellis of Macon sent a letter to President Hugo Chavez declaring solidarity with the outspoken Venezuelan. A vocal critic of American foreign policy, Chavez called President Bush â€œthe devilâ€ at a United Nations meeting last September.
â€œI think the Mayor has absolutely every right to express his personal opinion, as we all do, but I want to make sure that the rest of the world doesnâ€™t think that the entire city of Macon supports what heâ€™s doing.â€
â€” Democrat Rick Hutto, Macon city councilman, speaking on FOX News
â€œTelegraph readers filled 20 pages of comments on the macon.com message board before the content became so inappropriate that it had to be taken down.â€
â€” Macon.com, the website of Maconâ€™s the Telegraph newspaper
â€œC. Jack Ellis should take his muslim arse to Venezuela and get on his knees before Chavez! Hey Jack, you are as bad as Jane Fonda! You're a traitor!â€
â€” Macon.com commenter â€œJ. Hooker.â€ Ellis announced his conversion to Islam in February.
â€œI NEVER tell anyone I am from Macon. I am so ashamed our our so called Mayor. He is such a moron. He tries to act and talk so sophicated, but the true ignorant being shows thru. GO TO THE MUSLIM TERRITORY..........YOU AIN'T WANTED HERE!!!!!â€
â€” Macon.com anonymous commenter
â€œAll is not lost.â€
â€” President Chavez, thanking Ellis for his letter during a televised speech lasting eight hours