Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Hope for Georgia's Fourth Congressional District?

Or proof of this country's most stupid Congressional District?

From the AP:

Associated Press

ATLANTA - Democratic firebrand(firebrand?Not exactly the word I would use to describe her) Rep. Cynthia McKinney started preparing Wednesday for a surprise runoff with former DeKalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson, who has deep roots in the heart of her core constitency.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, McKinney finished with 47 percent of the vote to Johnson's 45 percent.

"We've been here before, but you know what? It is impossible to keep a good woman down," McKinney told cheering supporters, shortly after dancing and playing a tambourine.

"I intend to fight the good fight. I will continue to tell the truth and I will challenge anyone who dares to destroy anything about the work that I do. ... This battle is now engaged, and we intend to win."

Tuesday's primary was the first time that McKinney faced voters since her scuffle with a Capitol Hill police officer in March. Four years ago, McKinney was upset in the Democratic primary by political newcomer Denise Majette, who vacated the seat after one term to run for the Senate, opening the door for McKinney's return to Congress.

Some of Tuesday's voters said McKinney, who is seeking her seventh term, was an embarrassment and not representative of her suburban Atlanta district.

"I don't think she's a worthy representative. I just think she's a radical," said David Schmieder, a 61-year-old professor at Georgia Tech. "I would have voted anyway, but I would normally have voted in the Republican primary."

The Republican crossover vote was key in McKinney's primary defeat in 2002, when Majette won by promising not to embarrass her constituents as Majette claimed McKinney had done for a decade. However, that was not believed to have been as much of a factor in this week's primary because of some high-profile statewide races on the GOP ballot.

What is at stake in the runoff is McKinney's core constituency, which Johnson has targeted to oust the incumbent. South DeKalb County is home to Johnson's law firm and some of the country's most affluent blacks.

McKinney was largely criticized for questioning the Bush administration's advance knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks, claiming the president allowed them to happen so his friends could profit from the bloodshed.

At her party, McKinney continued to flaunt her opposition to the Iraq war. She entered the auditorium with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and also was joined by Patricia Roberts, whose son, Jamaal Addison, was the first Georgia soldier killed in the war.

Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan?

In March, McKinney made national headlines when she struck an officer who stopped her when he didn't recognize her as she entered a House office building. A federal grand jury in Washington declined to indict the congresswoman, but she was forced to apologize on the floor of the House.

Some political observers said the scuffle helped reinforce her image in her mostly black suburban Atlanta district as someone unafraid to stand up against authority.

If assaulting a police officer doing his job is something to be proud of then they have the right person. Just goes to show you that Palestinians aren't the only ones who cast votes for criminals.

The first black woman elected to Congress from Georgia, McKinney also was challenged in the primary by John Coyne, an architect, who drawing 9 percent of the vote, enough to force the runoff between McKinney and Johnson.

The Democratic nominee would all but be assured a win in November in the heavily Democratic district.

We can only hope...


At 3:08 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

I cannot pretend I understand this phenomenon.
She seems anything but clever.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Is she stark raving mad? Hmm.... Or maybe just the typical Dhimmocratic, Bush-hating, entitlement-peddling, race-card flopping "victim"?

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

"We've been here before, but you know what? It is impossible to keep a good woman down," McKinney told cheering supporters, shortly after dancing and playing a tambourine.

Good grief!

Rmember that McKinney had a bit of a dust-up about Arab money donated to her campaign fund. If I recall correctly, that little scandal led to her losing her seat in 2002. She was re-elected in 2004.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger nanc said...

it's a forrest gump moment, mama always used to say, "stupid is as stupid does."


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