An open letter to Rep. Cynthia McKinney from State Senator John Douglas.
Dear Congresswoman McKinney:
The 2005 redrawing of Georgia’s congressional districts put all of Rockdale County into the new 4th district, except the Lorraine and Barksdale precincts. As we all know, you have represented the 4th district off and on for many years and seem to have every intention of running again and very likely winning.
Unfortunately, your recent encounter with a US Capitol Police officer has dominated the news both here and in Washington. It seems that as you were not wearing your identification badge and had dramatically changed your hair style, he simply did not recognize you. In this age of brutal terrorism, he tried to do his job by stopping you from entering the capitol building, at which point something ugly happened.
This is not the first time you have had these sort of difficulties or other problems that reflect badly on yourself and your district. While the people of DeKalb County may have given you a pass on your activities, the people of Rockdale do not have the same lax standards.
As one of two state Senators representing Rockdale, I call on you to withdraw from the 2006 race and spare us all the embarrassment of your disgraceful behavior. The Capitol Police as well as the Georgia State Patrol, Rockdale Sheriff’s Department and Conyers Police Department are professionals in every sense. They deserve the respect that they have earned, not the haughty contempt you seem to have for them. Should you break the law here, you can expect to be stopped just as you were in Washington. Its their job, responsibility and duty to do no less. And we expect someone in your position to have the common decency to work with them and do the right thing if that does occur in this county.
Congresswoman McKinney, please consider saving yourself and the hard working people of Rockdale County more embarrassment by gracefully bow out of this election.
Georgia State Senate