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Cynthia McKinney Running For US House on Green Party Ticket

 

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is planning to run for Georgia's 4th
US Congressional seat as a member of the Green Party, the candidate told Atlanta Progressive News.
McKinney is planning to attempt to gather all of some 18,860 petition signatures, which are required
under Georgia's extremely restrictive ballot access laws for independent and minor party candidates.
Georgia currently requires independent and minor party candidates for non-statewide offices such
as US House District seats to gather signatures from five percent of the registered voters in the
District.  In the 4th District, 18,860 signatures are five percent of the 377,189 registered voters 
in the District.
As previously reported by APN, numerous candidates have attempted in previous years but failed to gain the number of
required signatures in Georgia.
McKinney is running for her old US Congress seat, which she held from 1992 to 2002,
and again from 2004 to 2006.
US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) has held the seat since defeating McKinney in the Democratic Primary Run-off in
2006.
With the Georgia legislature having just redistricted Georgia's US Congressional districts following
the 2010 US Census, the new District 4 now contains more Black voters than it recently did, a demographic shift that may
benefit McKinney.
The 4th Congressional District is now 57 percent Black.
The new District 4 contains about two-thirds of DeKalb County including Stone Mountain and Scottdale;
the southern part of Gwinnett County including Lilburn, Mountain Park, and Snellville; the northeast
part of Newton County including Covington, Oxford, and Porterdale; and all of Rockdale County, including
Conyers and Lakeview Estates.
In 2006, McKinney was criticized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper and other corporate
media outlets after an incident in which she was approached from behind by a Capitol Hill police officer
who did not recognize her.  A police report stated she struck the officer, but McKinney was never charged.
McKinney nearly won the Democratic Primary in 2006 with 47.1 percent of the vote to Hank Johnson's 44.4 percent.  
A third candidate received 8.5 percent.
Johnson defeated McKinney, however, in the Run-off, with 59 percent to McKinney's 41 percent.
Johnson faced no challenger in 2008.
In 2008, Faye Coffield, a private investigator and former assistant to McKinney, attempted to gain ballot
access as an independent, in order to run against US Rep. Johnson.
However, Coffield was not able to gain a sufficient number of signatures.
Coffield later sued the State of Georgia over its ballot access laws.  As previously reported by APN, the 
courts ruled that Coffield failed to show sufficient evidence regarding the number of other candidates, besides herself, who
had also tried and failed to gain ballot access in Georgia.
In 2010, Johnson faced former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones and former DeKalb Commissioner Connie Stokes
in the Democratic Primary, but defeated both.  Jones also defeated Liz Carter, a Republican, in the General
Election, in the heavily Democratic-leaning District.
Johnson has struggled with health issues in recent years after a lengthy battle with Hepatitis C.
Johnson has also faced his own media criticism after he suggested during a Congressional hearing that
the island of Guam might capsize.  It was meant to be was a figure of speech, but some in the media did not 
seem to appreciate the humor.
(END/2012)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is planning to run for Georgia's 4th US Congressional seat as a member of the Green Party, the candidate told Atlanta Progressive News.

McKinney is planning to attempt to gather all of some 18,860 petition signatures, which are required under Georgia's extremely restrictive ballot access laws for independent and minor party candidates.

Georgia currently requires independent and minor party candidates for non-statewide offices such as US House District seats to gather signatures from five percent of the registered voters in the District.  In the 4th District, 18,860 signatures are five percent of the 377,189 registered voters in the District.

As previously reported by APN, numerous candidates have attempted in previous years but failed to gain the number of required signatures in Georgia.

McKinney is running for her old US Congress seat, which she held from 1992 to 2002, and again from 2004 to 2006.

US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) has held the seat since defeating McKinney in the Democratic Primary Run-off in 2006.

With the Georgia legislature having just redistricted Georgia's US Congressional districts following the 2010 US Census, the new District 4 now contains more Black voters than it recently did, a demographic shift that may benefit McKinney.

The 4th Congressional District is now 57 percent Black.

The new District 4 contains about two-thirds of DeKalb County including Stone Mountain and Scottdale; the southern part of Gwinnett County including Lilburn, Mountain Park, and Snellville; the northeast part of Newton County including Covington, Oxford, and Porterdale; and all of Rockdale County, including Conyers and Lakeview Estates.

In 2006, McKinney was criticized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper and other corporate media outlets after an incident in which she was approached from behind by a Capitol Hill police officer who did not recognize her.  A police report stated she struck the officer, but McKinney was never charged.

McKinney nearly won the Democratic Primary in 2006 with 47.1 percent of the vote to Hank Johnson's 44.4 percent.  A third candidate received 8.5 percent.

Johnson defeated McKinney, however, in the Run-off, with 59 percent to McKinney's 41 percent.
Johnson faced no challenger in 2008.

In 2008, Faye Coffield, a private investigator and former assistant to McKinney, attempted to gain ballot access as an independent, in order to run against US Rep. Johnson.

However, Coffield was not able to gain a sufficient number of signatures.

Coffield later sued the State of Georgia over its ballot access laws.  As previously reported by APN, the courts ruled that Coffield failed to show sufficient evidence regarding the number of other candidates, besides herself, who had also tried and failed to gain ballot access in Georgia.

In 2010, Johnson faced former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones and former DeKalb Commissioner Connie Stokes in the Democratic Primary, but defeated both.  Jones also defeated Liz Carter, a Republican, in the General Election, in the heavily Democratic-leaning District.

Johnson has struggled with health issues in recent years after a lengthy battle with Hepatitis C.

Johnson has also faced his own media criticism after he suggested during a Congressional hearing that the island of Guam might capsize.  It was meant to be was a figure of speech, but some in the media did not seem to appreciate the humor.

(END/2012)

 


Comments (17)

HSF
Said this on 4-2-2012 At 11:26 am

Surely this was an April Fools joke.

Said this on 4-2-2012 At 12:56 pm

Cynthia McKinney's attempt to overcome this ballot access hurdle is heroic and if she succeeds, extremely significant and historic.  The 5% petition was put in place in 1943 and no minor party candidate for US House has ever overcome it.  Georgia voters have been stuck with a Democratic-Republican monopoly on the ballot for US House for 65 years.  Every other state has had minor party candidates for US House on the ballot during the last 10 years, and most states have minor party candidates on the ballot for that office every election.

Burroughston Broch
Said this on 4-2-2012 At 01:17 pm

How does the 4th District being 57% black handicap Hank Johnson against Cynthia McKinney? Last time I checked, both were black.

One thing for certain, this will make for some side-splitting political theater. Perhaps Hank will suggest that the 4th District will capsize like Guam if he's not re-elected. LOL!

Steve Swimmer
Said this on 4-4-2012 At 08:57 am

Burroughston Broch: More racist laughter? I mean, a couple of threads ago (reminder below), you were called out as the racist you are.  Yet, you continue to proudly display more of the same.  Please stop it.

 My problem with you is: everything you say is so tainted with racism the sensible points you make are completely overcome by the accompanying pollution.  Again, please stop it; and,  pen your comments sans racism so the rest of us can get a better sense of your thinking.

Of course, your mentality may not permit you to comply with my request.  However, in this arena you get credit for any progress, even simply trying in earnest.  Your reminder follows.

Burroughston Broch, you say: “So, everyone is a racist except you? LOL”  Good Lord, where do you come from?  No, I said the racists are Republicans; and, the Republicans who are not racists are in bed with racists. Democrats proved they are clean of the racist stigmata by virtue of the vote for Pres. Obama.

You, on the other hand, sound a lot like standard issue closet racist; and, I’d be willing to stake the price of a polygraph test to make the point.  I mean, should you question my assessment, you take the polygraph to see if you are racist. If you are clean, I will pay for the test and give you a tip of the hat.  Should you fail…, well, then, you pay the tab; and, this discussion is concluded.

Then you smugly ask: “How do you explain statistics (not opinions) that the crime rate for young black males commit is 6X-7X that for young white males?”  And, the answer is: sans racism such data would be non-existent.  And, the data to which you refer is skewed because of racism.  Where do get this stuff anyway, the “Bell Curve.”  My data, by the by, is from the not so “pesky” Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Continuing down the same slippery slop exposing yourself all the further you query: “How do you explain black-on-black crime statistics that are much higher than black-on-white, white-on-black, and white-on-white?” Of course, the answer is: same as above.

Finally, moving to the Nth degree of self serving exposure, you reach for the absurd and come off the wall with: “Are you suggesting that whites are murdering young black males but young black males are being charged?” The answer is ”no.”  And, in order to read such in to the missive concerning Georgia’s ethical problems, you must be a complete racist, a fool or both.

I do agree with you one point “Statistics can be such inconvenient, pesky things” especially when in the hands of the likes of the much discredited “Bell Curve” type statistics manipulators.

Please advise on the polygraph.  I am acquainted with a retired GBI polygraph expert, now in private practice.  I believe she can do a good test and will be reasonably priced.  Let me know.

Burroughston Broch
Said this on 4-4-2012 At 12:09 pm

@ Steve Swimmer

Cynthia McKinney is a recognized dingbat and Hank Johnson is battling Hepatitis C, which he says affects his mental state. Nothing wrong with a dingbat or someone who expects the island of Guam to capsize, except when they represent me in the House. I know people of many ethicities whom I wouldn't want to represent me in the House.

I will continue to comment when and as I see fit. LOL at your discomfort.

Want to reply why the 4th District being 57% black will be to Cynthia McKinney's advantage over Hank Johnson? Or, is that a racist piece of information?

barb
Said this on 4-10-2012 At 12:39 pm

AMEN

thomas smith
Said this on 4-2-2012 At 02:40 pm

dont forget Mckinney was one of the few wo voted against the Iraq war.

Black skin is no longer a sign of progressive thinking, there are Black folks that are regressive, coporate, imperialist thinking today.

Mckinney is not , and that is why i will support her!!!!

Green Suporter
Said this on 4-2-2012 At 09:27 pm

We will need to gather nationally around Mckinney and hope she gets elected! The Green Party around the world is expanding, and Mckinney winning will be one step closer towards a more just society.

 

By when does she need to collect all those signatures??

R
Said this on 4-2-2012 At 10:48 pm
Cynthia McKinney now joining Captain Kirk in going where no man has gone before ...

Phasers on stun!

DebB
Said this on 4-2-2012 At 11:00 pm

Ms. McKinney is one of the few who has had the nerve to side with the theory that 9/11 was an inside job. Bravo to her!

I agree we need someone with integrity who won't back down on critical issues just to win a few political points from the corporate run machine in DC. That is what happened when she was singled out by the officer at the Capitol in DC.

Registered voters in those areas, Step Up, Sign the petition and spread the word

RDM
Said this on 4-3-2012 At 01:10 pm

Most definitely an April Fool's joke!

dawgdaze
Said this on 6-11-2012 At 01:44 pm

oh god please run and please win...theres nothing i love more than to watch this clown on the news...she really should have her own show on comedy central or the cartoon network...U go gurl

Angela
Said this on 4-7-2012 At 06:23 am

This woman supported Gaddafi all the way and lived in the RIXOS HOTEL IN TRIPOLI during his bombardment of the people of Mistrata and Benghazi, she also vilified anyone who point out that Gaddafi was scum, as for racists comments sorry to say she is one.

Steve Swimmer
Said this on 4-9-2012 At 05:28 pm

Brief history of time in the 4th, this constituent’s view.

Before Cynthia, we elected Republican Pat Swindall, later to be: my former neighbor, fellow felon and Atlanta Federal Penitentiary prisoner associate.  Then, in shock over the Republican’s scandal, this electorate swung 180 degrees to the all Democrat “good ole’ boy”:  Cooter, Ben Jones, of all people.  Ad hominem denigrating aside, Rep. Jones did indeed represent our constituency in good manner until Republican redistricting maneuvers took him away.

In Rep. Jones stead, I’m sure, much to the Republicans’ chagrin, Cynthia magically appears on the scene, with totally unexpected victory, here in the 4th, after courtroom actions end her Representation of the then, majority Black, freshly minted 11th.

Hosea Williams was encouraged by many to run for that 11th, arguing the District was tailor made for him.  To wit he would reply: The gerrymandered 11th is designed to fail in the Court and will never pass the muster, besides I like Cynthia and will not challenge her here.  Of course, Rev. Williams understood the political nature of the racism running rampant throughout this era.  Thus, he was not surprised when Miller V. Johnson (515 U.S. 900, 115 S. CT. 2475, U.S.Ga, 1995) knocked the socks off of the 11th along with Cynthia’s chances to Represent in the House.  Yet, outrunning the odds and with happy surprise Cynthia charmed her way to victory in the 4th.

No small feat considering Georgia cultivates and is home to many of the most hateful racists in the world.  And with out doubt in any Georgian's mind, only slightly hidden racism is rampant in our State’s politics.  Cynthia had to outrun old time Southern favorite racists like Joe Wilson, Georgia's now late counterpart to the obvious racist, "you lie" Joe Wilson, showing Georgia political racism in full unbridled pride in Miller V. Johnson.  The SCOTUS opinion scuttling Cynthia’s 11th.

In the opinion, our Great Nation's SCOTUS shows how racists Georgia politicians pulled every string in the book to keep Georgia's Black population out of the voting booths. The Court quotes Joe Wilson, the racist Georgia legislator:  "These Court decisions and congressional directions significantly reduced voting discrimination against minorities. In the 1972 election, Georgia gained its first black Member of Congress since Reconstruction and the 1981 apportionment created the State's first majority-minority district. This voting district, however, was not gained easily. Georgia created it only after the United States District Court for the District of Columbia refused to preclear a predecessor apportionment plan that included no such district, an omission due in part to the influence of Joe Mack Wilson, then Chairman of the Georgia House Reapportionment Committee.  As Wilson put it only 14 years ago, 'I don't want to draw nigger districts.' " Busbee v. Smith, 549 F.Supp. 494, 501 (DC 1982).”

Thus, after several tough years serving her 11th District, under constant fire, fighting the good fight with infinite spirit, Cynthia proves to be Super Woman and is elected 4th District Representative.  (e.g., while incarcerated in Atlanta Federal with former 4th Rep. Pat Swindall, we would see Rep. McKinney storm the prison.  Force, and let me assure they hated it, the guards and prison administration to do the right thing in order to care for her constituent suffering undue prosecutorial/prison persecution over kaolin matters).

Cynthia went on to serve us well, here in the 4th, and we, who wanted a strong national Black leader, proudly supported her with votes and accolades.  Our District sent the House a veritable Socrates gadfly who endlessly pointed openly to the ugly truths of issues presented to us in glowing terms by the Ruling officials, here in our Great Nation.  Mostly, Cynthia’s efforts were given “squeaking wheel” status and, other than a high spot now and then, ignored.  Seemingly undaunted, Cynthia would continue to plow the field with unbridled enthusiasm.  And, by the 9/11 horror, Cynthia’s voice was much louder.

However, the 9/11 events followed by Cynthia’s open revelations of administrative serious wrongdoings, brought the wrath of the Ruling cover-up crowd down on Cynthia and her loud; yet, lonely voice.  Here, the Adelson like Jews (already gunning for her over Palestinian matters), right wingers with assorted racists, regular Republicans and an underhanded “vested interest” Democrat bunch operating under the table, all ganged up and put Judge Majette (using crossover Republicans to outvote me and my fellow Cynthia supporters) on the Democrat ticket in favor of Cynthia.

Then, Judge Majette, turned by “hook and crook” into 4th District Rep. Majette; after a 2 year lackluster term, said “God” told her to leave the 4th and run for the U.S. Senate. (Side bar: It does not take a PhD in race relations to know: A Black person, and more specifically here, a Black Woman, is not going to win a U.S. Senate race in Georgia: maybe someday; but, certainly not in Rep. Majette’s time).  Not knowing what she could be thinking, many of us figured Rep. Majette realized the “hook and crook” methodology leading her to the 4th was wrong; and, chose to remove herself in order to restore Cynthia’s rightful place.

Whatever the case, Cynthia again, and with my vote, was a voice of the unheard people.   Right off, she voted the Pelosi way for our first ever “Madam” Speaker; infuriating, to the point of no return, Rep. John Lewis, who for some reason beyond imagination actually believed he should be Speaker.  Unfortunately, the sacrifice was for naught; for soon there after Speaker Pelosi set about eliminating my House Representative McKinney’s power and did so with viciousness exposing the history making Speaker’s true character.

Clearly, Madam Speaker, wanted complete control of the Black caucus: no Black squeaky wheel, no Black gadfly, no Black Socrates.  Only 100% pure of what I have come to euphemistically label Clinton/Pelosi Negroes, essentially, “go along to get along” Black Representatives, welcome in this arena.  Of course, Speaker Pelosi could not control Cynthia as she could the others.

Thus, Speaker Pelosi turned on Cynthia like a python and Cynthia had to go.  Thereby, the very next election cycle saw the same gang (i.e., Adelson Jews, right wingers with assorted racists, regular Republicans and “vested interest” Democrats, this time operating at the behest of Speaker Pelosi) beat up my Representative, Rep. McKinney and she lost the election.

Abandoning the 4th to the newly elected Rep. Hank Johnson a former DeKalb Commissioner, best known to be a man with a good heart; Cynthia, much to my disappointment, ran off to be with the Greens in California.  Immediately after the election, I requested Representative elect Johnson see the ugly conspiracy electing him, take the high road and on moral grounds bow out of the race and let Cynthia hold her seat by default.  Much like Rep. Majette did.  Of course, I was ignored.  Cynthia also ignored my plea to go “Bernie Sanders” style Independent, stay in the 4th; and, stay away from the Greens, who, while well meaning, seriously dilute the Democrats with their splinter group.

I’m sure Cynthia enjoyed her new-found Green “big fish in small pond” status (where she did do some righteous things) over the constant struggle she faced representing my fellow constituents and me, here in the 4th; however, that can not abate my disappointment over being left with, what I then believed to be, an inferior Representative and no where else to turn.

As it turns out, here, today, now I know I believed wrongly.  My Representative Johnson has proved to be, much to the good fortune for the 4th, a much smarter and better Representative than I was willing to recognize early on.  I have come to realize, Rep. Johnson provides the place to turn and he represents most of my interests as well as Cynthia and in some cases even better.

As a “Clinton/Pelosi Negro” like Pres. Obama, Rep. Johnson does “go along to get along” in the fashion I most always hold in disdain; yet, his method has been productive for the 4th and his service is good.  Thus, I cannot argue with success and have since conceded my vote with political loyalty to him.

I mean, look at the history of the 4th elections.  We are always changing our Representative and losing seniority.  Even when Cynthia returned after Rep. Majette, she lost (due to Speaker Pelosi’s control) something like 10 years seniority and was relegated back to the bottom of the pile.  Thus, with Rep. Johnson firmly in the Pelosi camp and assuming he continues to serve with heart, there is good reason to believe he can be our (4th) Representative for a long time, enough to do our District some real good.

Now, out of the blue or I should say Green, comes Cynthia, back from sunny California, bolstered by a litany of Green accomplishments, to reclaim her old seat, this time as a Green Party candidate.

To wit, I must say no.  True, I have much respect for Cynthia and her work (well, not the Gadhafi part); however, she left us, here in the 4th, for the California Greens.   Today, we have Rep. Johnson serving us quite well; and, no, he is not the firebrand Cynthia is; still, he worked hard to gain our loyalty and I am not going to deny him that right.

I will sign on with the other 18,000 or so 4th voters Cynthia will need to garner a Green place on the ticket because I believe she has every right to run.  However, unless Rep. Johnson chooses not to run again, my vote will be cast for Rep. Johnson.  Accordingly I ask Cynthia to go back to California and run; here, we now have a man with a good heart representing the 4th, and I repeat for emphasis: as long as Rep. Johnson wishes to run he has my vote.

Renard Prather
Said this on 4-23-2012 At 12:17 pm

Thank you for getting back in the race. We so desperately need an honest, speak truth to power politician in this country. You are the only one I will campaign for and work to get elected including the current President. Stay strong my sister because the jackals are sniffing around wainting to pounce.

Said this on 4-23-2012 At 09:34 pm

I never thought I would see the day when I thought that Hank Johnson would be a superior candidate to anything amongst the living.  I stand corrected.   Guam is safe.

Said this on 8-3-2012 At 03:12 pm

my candidate cynthia is welcome anywhere. vote independents!

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