Political potshots and alleged racism landed in this year's elections when anonymous fliers were distributed at several Macon churches.
The fliers allege that three black elected officials "sold out our black community" by agreeing to let the people vote whether to consolidate the city and county governments and for the way they redraw election lines after the 2010 Census.
Sen. Miriam Paris and Reps. James Beverly and Nikki Randall are named in the fliers.
"These black elected officials have sold out our black community. all three followed Tea Party Republican Allen Peake and signed (House Bill) HB-962, HB-963, Hb-1171 and HB-1196. Therefore, the Department of Justice is questioning them about jeopardizing our voting rights and have given them until July 31, 2012 to answer," the flier says.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore couldn't be reached for comment on a possible Justice Department investigation.
HB-1171 is the legislation with the proposed consolidation charter. The other three deal with redrawing election districts for the Bibb school board, county commission and water authority.
The flier also urges voters to "vote no to Nikki Randall, vote no to Miriam Paris & vote no consolidation."
Randall called the flier diversive and slanderous. She said the distributors don't have the best interest of the community at heart.
"If I had an opponent on that flier, I'd be the first to call a press conference to renounce that flier," Randall said. "Let everybody in Bibb County know that's not the way. That it's not the example we should set for our children as leaders of this community."
Randall, holder of the House District 142 seat, meets former Macon City Councilman Gerald Harvey in the July 31 Democratic primary.
Harvey said he doesn't know who put the flier out. But he said some people agree with what's in it.
"I've been doing quite a bit of campaigning and I often hear those terms as it relates to this particular delegation," Harvey said.
Paris meets former state Rep. David Lucas and Irving Martinez in the July 31 Democratic primary. She couldn't breached for comment.
Beverly couldn't be reached for comment, either. He doesn't have opposition this year.
Sarah Hunt, chair of the Bibb County Democratic Party, posted the flier on Facebook. She said she doesn't know who produced the flier. But she made these comments along with the Facebook posting.
"Someone shared this with me today. Had you heard this before? What are you going to do with this information? I stopped eating at Captain D's and Cheddars because of Allen Peake's hatred and attacks on President Obama."
Peake, a state representative who helped push the consolidation bill through the Geneal Assembly, is out of town and couldn't be reached for comment.
But in a Facebook response to Hunt, Peake wrote the following:
"Seriously, do you really think I hate President Obama? Let me be clear, I believe the President is a legal citizen, I have never doubted that. I respect his position as our President, but I disagree with his policies. So, because we have political disagreement, you boycott a business that hires and employs minorities with good job and career opportunities? Does that really make sense? Where is the logic in that?"
Hunt said she thinks an unnamed group produced the flier. She said she'll try to determine the group and if successful, release its name.