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Cynthia McKinney Calls Poll Numbers “Libel”

From BlackAmericaWeb.com:

Cynthia McKinney Faces Serious Challenge to Retain Congressional Seat

Date: Wednesday, August 02, 2006
By: Michael H. Cottman

Once considered a longshot in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney in Georgia’s 4th District congressional race, attorney Hank Johnson is quietly picking up endorsements, momentum — and perhaps even the lead.

A new poll, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shows Johnson with a commanding lead over McKinney, Georgia’s controversial and outspoken Democratic incumbent. The poll shows Johnson leading McKinney, 46 to 21 percent one week before the August 8 run-off election.

Johnson, an Atlanta lawyer and former DeKalb County commissioner, has compared his race against McKinney to David and Goliath, saying he is in an underdog in a tough fight with a political giant. McKinney had been expected to regain her seat easily, but she is now facing a runoff against Johnson and showing signs of vulnerability.

"We’ve got momentum, and we’re poised for victory on August 8," Johnson told BlackAmericaWeb.com.

McKinney and Johnson challenged each other Monday in their first face-to-face televised debate. After hurling accusations at each other — McKinney says Johnson owes back taxes, and Johnson says McKinney’s congressional record is abysmal — both candidates were back on the campaign trail Tuesday, knocking on doors, passing out flyers, waving at motorists at busy intersections and asking residents for their votes.

"We’re up early and working long," McKinney told BlackAmericaWeb.com Tuesday as she spoke with voters on the streets of DeKalb County.

McKinney dismissed the recent poll in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and said her attorney sent a letter to the newspaper demanding that the newspaper stop publishing poll stories that show Johnson in the lead.

"We notified them of their libelist writing," McKinney said in an interview. "We advised them to cease and desist and offer a retraction."

McKinney insists that Johnson’s candidacy is being backed by Republicans who are trying to defeat her, adding that Republicans should not be allowed to participate in Democratic primary elections.

"What we have is a situation where the Republicans are trying to dictate who the leaders of the Democratic Party are going to be," McKinney said in an interview. "They’re interfering with the Democratic primary for the sole purpose of getting me out of office."

Cynthia Tucker, the editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, took McKinney to task for her "cheap theatrics." …

Of course this is just hours after Rep. McKinney retracted her threat to sue the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for an earlier editorial.

Or maybe she wasn’t really going to sue them.  She just accused them of libel.

Editor & Publisher has the confusing story:

UPDATE: ‘Atlanta Journal-Constitution’ Not Sued by Congresswoman

By E&P Staff

Published: August 02, 2006

NEW YORK A Democratic congresswoman from Georgia is not suing The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for libel, contrary to a report in E&P yesterday.

U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney has not in fact filed suit against the Journal-Constitution, according to attorney Tom Clyde, who is representing the paper.

Yesterday, it was incorrectly reported that McKinney filed charges against AJC Editorial Page Editor Cynthia Tucker and Publisher John Mellott for an editorial column that ran in its July 30 edition about the congresswoman’s alleged altercation with police.

Rather, McKinney’s lawyer, J.M. Raffauf, sent a letter to the newspaper on July 31 saying that the July 30 column by AJC Editorial Page Editor Cynthia Tucker contained material that Raffauf says was "untrue, defamatory and libelous." Raffauf and McKinney have also demanded a retraction, as well as an editorial in which the attorney says the paper should "repudiate its libelous statements."

It sounds like a pattern, huh?

(It’s a good thing Rep. McKinney never makes "untrue, defamatory and libelous" statements.)

I actually hope Ms. McKinney doesn’t lose. She’s my favorite Democrat.

And the most articulate of the bunch.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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