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McKinney On Election Night With Sheehan

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Cindy Sheehan and Cynthia McKinney. Sheehan seems to be gaining weight during her “fast.”

McKinney watches documentary

By Mae Gentry | Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 09:40 PM

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was watching a documentary called “American Blackout” with about 50 of her supporters at the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Center in south DeKalb County on election night.

The documentary is about voter disenfranchisment in American and other political issues. She was seated next to anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.

They certainly are birds of a feather.

(Thanks to 1sttofight for the heads up.)


From the DNC’s Associated Press:

McKinney dances with Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin (r).

Controversial McKinney in tight race, facing possible runoff


Jul. 18, 2006

ATLANTA – Democratic firebrand Rep. Cynthia McKinney was in high spirits Tuesday night, dancing and playing a tambourine as election results showed her with a tight lead over a former DeKalb County Commissioner with roots in the heart of her core constitency.

With 80 percent of the precincts reporting, McKinney was leading with 47 percent of the vote to lawyer Hank Johnson’s 45 percent. One of the candidates will need to get more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff on Aug. 8.

Tuesday’s primary was the first time that McKinney faced voters since her scuffle with a Capitol Hill police officer in March.

At her campaign party, McKinney continued to flaunt her record of outspokenness on 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.

Some voters said she was an embarrassment and not representative of her suburban Atlanta district.

"I wanted to vote against Cynthia McKinney because 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 defeat four years ago, when little-known political newcomer Denise Majette, who promised not to embarrass her constituents as Majette claimed McKinney had done for a decade. However, that was not expected to be as much of a factor in Tuesday’s primary because of some high-profile statewide races on the GOP ballot.

What is at stake 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…

But it might be that Ms. McKinney’s celebration was a little premature.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Sheehan, McKinney and Medea Benjamin.

McKinney, Johnson appear headed for runoff

By Travers Johnson | Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 08:58 PM

As election results poured in, U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney and Democratic challenger Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. appeared headed for a runoff in the 4th District race.

With 90 percent of the vote counted, McKinney had 47 percent of the vote to Johnson’s 45 percent.

Of course a Democrat will win that gerrymandered seat anyway.

So I’m rooting for Ms. McKinney myself.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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