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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293197,00.html

Macon, Ga., Residents Upset by Mayor's Letter of Solidarity to Hugo Chavez

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

MACON, Ga. â€" Some Macon residents have called for demonstrations and boycotts after the mayor of the central Georgia city formally reached out to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with a declaration of solidarity.

Mayor Jack Ellis said the declaration, sent about two weeks ago by courier, was a message that local leaders can stand together despite disagreements at the highest reaches of government.

Some local leaders have blasted the mayor's decision to support Chavez, a vocal ally of Iran and Cuba who has called President Bush "the devil."

Former mayoral candidate David Corr said the mayor's comments were "an outrage."

"We should condemn Chavez as an enemy of liberty," Corr said. "In fact, we should also condemn Ellis as an enemy of liberty."

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, said the mayor's action "taints" the town.

"I think it's a negative for us," he told The Macon Telegraph. "We need to be doing things in this community that show the tremendous positives of Macon."

Ellis praised the controversial leader, who has subsidized the cost of heating fuel for some American low-income citizens, as a champion for the common man who could offer aid to Macon's residents.

"This is about a humanitarian effort," he said. "This is not about politics."

A Venezuelan Web site reported that Chavez had thanked Ellis for his support during an eight-hour broadcast of his show "Alo, Presidente," which he used to call for a "global alliance of civilizations to resist the attacks of U.S. imperialism."

The mayor's decision prompted 20 pages of comments on The Telegraph's online message board before the newspaper decided to take it down. Some called for demonstrations and other ways to signal their distaste for the mayor's move.

Ronald Johnson, a 71-year-old resident of nearby Houston County, called the move "treasonous" and is urging neighbors to boycott the city's businesses until Ellis is rebuked by city officials.

"It's unbelievable that he would do what he's done," said Johnson. "That is so wrong."

Ellis, a Democrat, is serving his second term as mayor and cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

He announced in February that he had converted to Islam and was working to legally change his name to Hakim Mansour Ellis. Ellis, who was raised Christian, said he became a Sunni Muslim during a December ceremony in the west African nation of Senegal.
 

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About the comment from the person from Houston County:

It seems a little wrong to boycott the city's businesses. I can see the point (sort of), but that hurts business owners more than the mayor. Since the mayor is at his term limits, he isn't going to be re-elected.
 

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I'd like to see the city council get together & draft something that states that the city of Macon thinks Chavez is an :censored: and that the mayor spoke only for himself and that we would be working to get rid of him if he wasn't already gone in a couple more months and that Chavez can stick it up his :censored:

I'd REALLY love it if they could force him to sign - as the official rep of Macon. He wouldn't do it, but I'd like to see it anyway.

This man is just trying to break this town. Right now we are desperately trying to get businesses & conferenses etc etc to come to Macon. Good Lord knows the town needs a huge financial shot in the arm. I can not believe that this worthless used car salesman didn't onw what he was doing by sending such a proclamation. I bet what he was thinking is maybe he could get some free oil or whatever from Chaves for the local poor black community and have that as a "legacy" of his time in office. I truely can't stand that man.

It would make my week if he was investigated & found guilty of treason.
 

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This story was just reported by Jim Angle (sitting in for Brit Hume) on Foxnews' Special Report. What a sequence of events... Converts to the religion of peace™ and then sends an envoy to Chavez to promote solidarity. Now he wants to visit Chavez. :evil:
 

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AV8R said:
This story was just reported by Jim Angle (sitting in for Brit Hume) on Foxnews' Special Report. What a sequence of events... Converts to the religion of peaceâ„¢ and then sends an envoy to Chavez to promote solidarity. Now he wants to visit Chavez. :evil:
Yup, right after he gets back from Africa. :screwy:
 

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Tinkerhell said:
I'd like to see the city council get together & draft something that states that the city of Macon thinks Chavez is an :censored: and that the mayor spoke only for himself and that we would be working to get rid of him if he wasn't already gone in a couple more months and that Chavez can stick it up his :censored:
WOOT! Some wishes do come true. City Council is having a 10am press release, open to the public (I'm thinking about going with sign that says C Jack is a traitor!) to announce that Macon & it's residents don't agree with CJ and whatever he sent to Chavez was his own doing & he in no way represents Macon or it's people in the matter!

=D>

Finally these guys are doing osmething right. Just took the entire city screaming to make em do it.... :roll:
 

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Now he wants to visit Chavez.
And he wants Macon to pay for the trip of course.... :evil:
No we are not going to do so.

One of the editors from the local paper was on the local talk radio show this morning and stated that prir to this whole thing blowing up, back when this was just a rumor, he bumped into CJ at something and said he had heard this "rumor" & it wasn't true was it? CJ advised, excitedly, that it was true & he was thinking about going & visiting also. The man is just an idiot. Now that everyone in the free world is looking at him like he has lost his mind (true, it just to the rest of the world a long time to figure it out) he is saying that he was "mis-quoted". But he won't turn over a copy of the letter he sent. Claims he didn't keep a copy I believe. Right.... He also had to send it via courrier. Two guys that someone (bet it was Macon under CJ's directive) paid to fly down there & personally put it into Chaves' hands.

Oooo. New sign maybe -
"Go sell used cars in Venezuela, Traitor!" :twisted:
 
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