So, as regular readers know, we’re having a mayors race down here in Macon. One the questions everyone is too polite to ask is whether Macon is ready for City Council President Anita Ponder to be mayor. Most people probably don’t know what the Stonewall Democrats are, but they
are having had a fundraiser for Anita in Atlanta. (thanks to nraller for the comment pointing out it happened back in May)
Beyond the progressive possibilities of Macon having its first lesbian mayor, it’s also interesting that Sherman Golden is on the Host Committee. Mr. Golden, a bond attorney, has been retained to help the city with the very unpopular Noble Investment Group hotel deal. While not de facto unethical, a lot of people seem to be unhappy with Mr. Golden participating so directly in the Noble deal and also throwing a fundraiser for Anita Ponder.
[UPDATED:] I’m told that Doug Selby, another one of the hosts, was also actively involved in the hotel deal on behalf of Noble. So is Anita bought and paid for?
[UPDATED 2:] Now, isn’t this a bit more ridiculous? The fundraiser happened back in May and two of the people working on Noble’s behalf were hosts at the fundraiser? That seems improper to me. At least Henry Ficklin is rumored to have given back the money.