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Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) will be out of office again come January for the second time since 2002 and she isn’t going quietly.  McKinney, who was forced into a runoff against challenger Hank Johnson, received just 41 percent of the vote which is particularly poor for an incumbent. 

Rather than being a gracious loser, McKinney attributed her loss to crossover voters, “insecure” voting machines and the absence of her name on some ballots. 

Yes, Georgia does allow crossover voting and apparently there was some type of effort made to get republicans to vote for Johnson.  How successful that effort was is questionable since Georgia law requires voters to stick to the ballot they had when they voted in the primary election.  If they didn’t vote they can choose a republican or democrat ballot in the runoff.  It’s not very easy to get someone to cross party lines.

As for her other charges they sound just like what was said by other candidates in previous elections except this time she is accusing a fellow democrat.  Sour grapes? 

Is McKinney finished?  Not if you believe the following quote from Forbes; “Cynthia McKinney is loved nationally, locally and internationally,” said State Rep. Tyrone Brooks of Atlanta, president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials. “I expect her to move to the international scene, especially as it relates to peace, justice and environmental issues. This is going to elevate her to another level.”

Heaven help us. 

McKinney’s loss is not due to any campaign effort by the republicans or voting irregularities, but her own extreme liberal politics and behavior.  As McKinney supporter Vanessa Milton told Forbes; “As an African-American, I am very committed to our people and being strong, but there comes a time when some people overdo it,” Milton said. “I want her to be a strong black woman, but I don’t want her to be a buffoon.”

She apparently was too much of the latter and not enough of the former for voters.




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