Skip to comments.The untold story of Cynthia McKinney's final demise
Posted on 08/10/2006 7:56:17 PM PDT by LdSentinal
I wrote last week that our InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion survey showed that controversial Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney would likely lose her primary runoff election against former county commissioner Hank Johnson in Georgia's 4th District.
McKinney lost handily. Beyond that, her final hours before eventually conceding defeat made for the most underreported and bizarre story of a political exit I've ever seen in my years of participating in or analyzing political races around the country.
I had agreed to join the anchor desk at Atlanta's NBC-TV affiliate to provide analysis for that day's elections. As the night wore on, it became clear that McKinney would lose in a landslide, just as our poll had suggested.
As the regular broadcast wrapped up at 11:30 p.m., McKinney had yet to appear publicly to concede the election, as custom dictates. Beyond that, earlier in the day her bodyguards had scuffled with a cameraman from the same NBC affiliate.
We signed off, and the station switched to the network feed of NBC's "Tonight Show." That's when the bizarre ending of Cynthia McKinney started to unfold.
During the day, McKinney had been accompanied everywhere by a phalanx of bodyguards. Reportedly, they held no official law-enforcement positions. Also, some of them reportedly were affiliated with political groups or positions described by some as extremist.
It remains to be seen if their political leanings and affiliations are so. Regardless, McKinney crisscrossed the district throughout the day in a white Hummer, all the while refusing to allow the approach of the public or media, the lot of whom was fended off by these menacing guards.
Now let's jump ahead to that night, and the unfunniest "Tonight Show" I've ever sat through. Not because host Jay Leno was out of form, but because back in the studio we could also see on the monitors a commotion in the ballroom of McKinney headquarters. I pointed out to anchors Brenda Wood and Ted Hall that something odd was happening.
Then we heard shouting in the newsroom itself, from where station officials were phoning 911. A station cameraman allegedly had been struck at McKinney headquarters by one of her bodyguards, and then chased to a nearby satellite news truck, where he and others locked the doors and were surrounded.
The original raw video footage fed into the station showed McKinney entering her headquarters like a hip-hop artist, with bodyguards shouting at a clearly agitated crowd.
As of this writing, police were still investigating the incident. The McKinney bodyguard believed to be involved in the altercation -- a man apparently nationally known for his martial arts skill, as well as for his involvement in similar past incidents -- claimed that the cameraman had thrown his camera at him, the bodyguard. Also, there were claims McKinney's mother was struck by media equipment. Anyone familiar with the cost of this kind of camera equipment has to doubt it would be a weapon of choice.
The video showed fists flying and the cameraman being knocked to the ground.
It got stranger still. Finally McKinney appeared before reporters. She summoned her supporters to the stage, separating them from the press. Next was heard a song by the artist Pink that was directed at a clearly demonized President Bush. McKinney then commenced a rambling speech that, among other things, implied fraud in the electronic voting that day. She also thanked or expressed support for all sorts of groups and even foreign nations, including Venezuela, an avowed enemy of the United States.
At least that's what we thought we heard.
Media reports have since surfaced of anti-Semitic remarks hurled at media by McKinney supporters as they left the headquarters. One reporter for a major national newspaper claimed she was threatened with being "thrown down the stairs or the escalator" if she didn't vacate an area near where McKinney was holed up.
Every corner of that headquarters emanated fear and hatred.
I have to make this clear. In last week's column, I recalled the bright and personable Cynthia McKinney I knew back in 1990. And it's not my place to summarily judge her in 2006.
But I now know why our polling of this primary runoff election showed so accurately that McKinney would be trounced. Clearly, this heavily African-American district she represented no longer wanted to be associated with her brand of representation.
The voters have done that already.
It's good to see that good people can see what a loon she is..
Let's just hope it is her "final" demise, never to have her coffin re-opened, a wooden stake pounded thru her heart, etc.
Likewise, I'm sure the Democrat leadership will apologize to Democrat voters...../sarc
The video of this night should be archived, right beside the tapes of Marion Barry's coke buy and Jim Traficant's deal-making. Then, if there is even a suggestion that this wretch ever intends to once again enter public life, the tapes should be aired repeatedly, with commentary by Ann Coulter.
Bizarre... glad someone wrote about what happened cause I doubt we'll hear about this anywhere else..
Does McKinney still matter? Can she still cause any more damage? She still has about 4 months left in her tenure in the house. Can she still vote on anything that matters? I know she's missed a lot of votes, so perhaps she can be kept entertained away from Washington for the next 4 months.
Praise the Lord, the voters have spoken, and she's gone!
I'm surprised she didn't attempt some kind of a coup.
She reeks of hate.
She is and has been a race pimptress buffoon of the first order. She travels with thugs,acts the fool, bellows for attention and should be an embarrassment to her district.The voters of her district should have a "what were we thinking?" moment by putting this third rate circus act in office not once but twice. Whoo boy the bar is low in that Georgia district.
Something makes me think the Capitol Police are neither surprised by the events in the ballroom, nor sad to see her go.
Well, I have no qualms about judging her. And she comes away severely wanting.
"Beyond that, her final hours before eventually conceding defeat made for the most underreported and bizarre story of a political exit I've ever seen ...."
My vote (for bizarre...certainly not underreported) goes to Howard Dean and the scream heard round the world. That was a 3-second political implosion I doubt I'll ever forget.
Maybe she'll move to Venezuala
What ever happened to Cynthia's mother, Winnie Mandela ?
This woman needs a good slap from her parents.
Personally I don't get why conservatives were against her. She's a total whackjob and that's obvious to anyone with more than a room temperature IQ. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd rather have an incompetent clown as my opponent than someone who might actually be able to accomplish something.
I hope we see as much of her as possible between now and the election.
Frankly I was hoping she would win, and become even more assertive, I want to put a wooden stake in the heart of her party.
At least Lamont won.
Let's go to the video tape....soon!
Here's some of the live feed being replayed:
Sounds like her bodyguards are as psycho as she is.
>>As of this writing, police were still investigating the incident. <<
Update - Atlanta police said this evening they don't expect to file any charges.
>>"It's kind of like 'he said-she said' or, in this case, 'he said-he said,' " said DeKalb County police spokesman Jason Gagnon. "I don't think, based on what they're saying, that there would be any charges from us."<
Is the writer afraid of a legal suit? What a bunch of crap. It's gotta be a disclaimer of sorts.
She'll continue to be the "street walker" and service the public...
Uhh, sure thing, I believe you. Is that a joke?
I'ze figna vomick!!
>>Personally I don't get why conservatives were against her. She's a total whackjob and that's obvious to anyone with more than a room temperature IQ. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd rather have an incompetent clown as my opponent than someone who might actually be able to accomplish something.<<
Neil Boortz was trying to get conservatives to cross over and vote for McKinney - I couldn't do it - she is dangerous - do we really want her on the foreign relations committee?
That's a sure-fire way to impress the constituents. It's the ole "I'm a rapper with an entourage, get out of my way or get your ass kicked" routine. She's must've taken lessons from Al Gore's image consultant.
The MSM was writing up her "pass" just as Cynthia's goons were shouting anti-Semitic remarks at a FOXNews producer... Then they handed her the pass as a hired thug referred to white reporters as "MF'in Crackers"... Yeah, if Republicans had acted that way, the MSM wouldn't have covered it either... /sarc
Uncle Tom, Crackers, etc...
And the reason she needs more protection than the President is what?
She's going to one very unhappy woman when she's just an ordinary civilian again.
I wonder, does McKinney still have that Professor of Government gig at Cornell?
Perhaps she should go and annoy Ithaca for a while...
Oh, heck, why not? The voters certainly did. And this author can sound very pious ("not my place to judge her") but clearly did so in this article.
You mean there's hope that the American people will realize what a loon Murtha is, what a loon Queen Hillary is, what a loon Lamont is, what a loon Kerry is, what a group of loons the entire Liberal Democratic Party is?
I knew when McKinney lost she would have a meltdown. It appears most main stream media outlets decided not to cover the event or report on it.
>>And the reason she needs more protection than the President is what?
She's going to one very unhappy woman when she's just an ordinary civilian again.<<
In her mind, all police in the country are conspiring against her...
Amazing video. Thank you for posting. ;o)
Somebody please send her to Crawford...
Deeply saddened and extremely maddened...
[She's going to one very unhappy woman when she's just an ordinary civilian again.]
An AP article by Errin Haines suggests that she will not be an ordinary civilian if her supporters are able to "handle" her properly:
"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."
If she's going to work on issues of peace, she and her people are going to have to refrain from fisticuffs with police and reporters :}
Video: Black Panther Nzinga goes on anti-Semitic tirade, blames Jews for McKinney loss