She’s baaaack. Cynthia McKinney that is. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is preparing to run for her fourth Congressional district seat on the Green Party ticket. You will recall she pandered for scraps from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, when then-mayor Rudy Giuliani rebuffed the prince’s $10 million olive branch. McKinney was defeated by Hank Johnson in 2006, after serving six terms in Congress. Ms. McKinney also enraged the White House by taking part in a flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip.
McKinney filed paperwork April 2 with the Federal Elections Commission declaring her intention to run, the AJC reports. The newspaper also reports last week she was recruiting volunteers to collect the 18,860 signatures of registered voters she’ll need by August 6 to get on the newly redrawn 4th district ballot. I hope the voters in her district won’t be jaded into thinking she will help them improve their lives one iota. She didn’t do it in six terms and she certainly won’t do it running as a Green Party candidate.
Hank Johnson hasn’t done much if anything for his district either. So, I guess the constituents are up for grabs, if the right candidate came along. I just don’t think a career politician is the answer.
Here’s an excerpt of her letter to the prince:
Your Royal Highness, the state of black America is not good. It is painfully visible in Washington D.C., where, just a few hundred yards from the White House, one can find black man after black man huddled in bus shelters, doorways, over subway ventilation shafts, sleeping on the street, thrown away like trash. Ironically, many of them are Vietnam veterans who, having served this nation with distinction in Vietnam, now find themselves without adequate care and accommodation. Unfortunately, this same scene is repeated in each and every one of our major cities here in the United States.
I am ashamed to say that my home city of Atlanta is no exception. Just last night my son was out with members of Atlanta’s Muslim community who, for years, have been feeding Atlanta’s homeless. Sadly, no one in mainstream Atlanta knows about the tireless and generous work of the local Muslim community. But the poor know, and I guess at one level that’s all that matters. But on a broader view mainstream America should know.
The Justice Department admits that blacks are more likely than whites to be pulled over by police, imprisoned, and put to death. And, though blacks and whites have about the same rate of drug use, blacks are more likely to be arrested than whites and are more likely to receive longer prison sentences than whites. Incredibly, 80% of people in prison in the United States are people of color. Twenty-six black men were executed last year, some probably innocent; America began 2001 by executing a retarded black woman.
I would venture to say that the last person the fourth Congressional District needs is another career politician, who doesn’t have a solid history of accomplishment, to muck up the process. I would venture to say that the voters should demand better candidates than they have received thus far in Hank Johnson and Cynthia McKinney. The new District 4 contains about two-thirds of DeKalb County including the cities of Stone Mountain, which is predominantly black, Scottdale, as well as portions of Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties.