C. Jack Makes the New York Times

And Macon remains proud.

Jack Ellis was elected Macon’s first black mayor amid high hopes he would bring the city together. Instead he has divided it with one move after another — trips to Africa at taxpayer expense, his conversion to Islam, his reaching out to Venezuela’s anti-American president.

He has also survived recall efforts, constant bickering with the City Council and repeated federal grand jury investigations into public spending.