One of my pet peeves in politics is when elected officials use their position to grind an ideological ax, to demogogue, or to do anything that isn’t remotely related to their constituents. I may have found an example of someone doing all three. And it isn’t Cynthia McKinney.
As has been well documented, I am no fan of Cynthia McKinney and am thrilled that the voters of the 4th District in Georgia have decided that she must go. But Georgia State Rep. Len Walker has decided to follow her in footsteps by embarrassing his constituents.
As noted in this weeks AJC, Walker is introducing a resolution that would strip Memorial Drive in DeKalb County of Cynthia McKinney’s name (a portion of this road was renamed Cynthia McKinney Parkway in 2000).
“Her tenure in Congress has been marked by controversies and rhetoric that has brought embarrassment to the state of Georgia,” said Walker on Monday. The lawmaker is a United Methodist minister who represents parts of Walton and Gwinnett counties.
I emphasized Walton and Gwinnett counties as Walker doesn’t even represent the area near Memorial Drive.
I’ll save my thoughts on the wisdom of even naming streets after sitting public officials for another time. But suffice it to say that Len Walker is now embarrassing his constituents in the same manner that McKinney did for years. This resolution has no bearing upon his constituents, serves only to score political points, and does absolutely nothing to address issues of primary concern to Georgia.