Rep. Cynthia McKinney was a no-show this week in the U.S. House, as WSB Washington Correspondent Jamie Dupree reports that the Georgia Democrat missed all four days of legislative business and every vote on the House floor as well.
McKinney’s office offered no comment as to why the Congresswoman did not return to Washington after Tuesday’s primary election, where she was forced into an August 8th runoff against Hank Johnson.
Also left unanswered Thursday night was whether McKinney would be back at the U.S. Capitol next week. The House has one more week of work before a scheduled August break.
McKinney missed 19 votes over four days on the House floor, including an attempted override of President Bush’s veto of a bill dealing with embryonic stem cell research, a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and a bill designed to prevent federal courts from ruling on the constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Georgia Democrat has missed nearly 11 percent of the 393 recorded votes in the U.S. House so far in 2006.
According to the Congressional Record, McKinney did have official permission to miss votes on Monday and Tuesday of this week, what is known as a “Leave of Absence.” There was no notice of any request being granted for Wednesday’s session of the House.
Perhaps she was too busy dancing with Cindy Sheehan?