Cynthia McKinney: Sheeee’s Baaaack…

Atlanta Progressive News has posted the following:

APN) ATLANTA — Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is planning to run for Georgia’s 4th US Congressional seat as a member of the Green Party, the candidate told Atlanta Progressive News.

McKinney is planning to attempt to gather all of some 18,860 petition signatures, which are required under Georgia’s extremely restrictive ballot access laws for independent and minor party candidates.

Georgia currently requires independent and minor party candidates for non-statewide offices such as US House District seats to gather signatures from five percent of the registered voters in the District.  In the 4th District, 18,860 signatures are five percent of the 377,189 registered voters in the District.

Given that she’s planning to run as a Green Party Candidate, Congressman Hank Johnson is most likely safe from this as a serious challenge.  That said, anyone taking Ms. Mckinney seriously (sorry, had trouble typing that with a straight face) may want to look at whether she meets Georgia’s residency requirements before spending a lot of time trying to clear the hurdle of ballot access requirements for the Green Party.



  1. ted in bed says:

    Why wouldn’t she run as a Dem? She’s going to have to face Johnson sometime and it might be as a Democrat. I would think her name recognition would help her more in the Dem primary since folks may think she is still the incumbent.

  2. William Satterwhite says:

    If I’m not mistaken Johnson defeated her straight up the last time they faced each other in a Dem primary without the benefit of incumbency so she knows she wouldn’t stand a chance against him now that he is firmly entrenched.

    • ted in bed says:

      William, you are right. Here is what Wiki says about the 2006 primary:

      Johnson forced former Representative Cynthia McKinney into a runoff by holding McKinney under 50% in the July 18, 2006 Democratic primary: McKinney got 47.1% of the vote; johnson 44.4%, and a third candidate got 8.5%.[16] McKinney had been favored to win, so her narrow margin surprised observers. Johnson picked up support because, after the primary, he seemed to have a real possibility of winning.
      In the runoff of August 8, 2006, although there were about 8,000 more voters, McKinney got about the same number of votes as in the July primary. Johnson won with 41,178 votes (59%); McKinney got 28,832 (41%).[17]
      The 4th is one of the most Democratic districts in the South, and among Georgia districts, only the neighboring 5th is considered more Democratic. It is so heavily Democratic that Johnson’s primary victory all but assured him of becoming the district’s third congressman (it was created as the 11th in 1993 and renumbered the 4th in 1997). In November, he trounced the Republican candidate, Catherine Davis, with 76% of the vote—one of the largest percentages for a Democrat in a contested election, and the largest in the history of the district. He was unopposed for reelection in 2008.

      I doubt a green party candidate could get over 1% in any election in Georgia so I think she is hurting her chances .

  3. Andre says:

    Cynthia McKinney meets the constitutional residency requirements to run for Representative in the United States Congress.

    There is only one residency requirement — in order to seek and hold the office of Representative in the United States Congress, an individual must be an inhabitant of the state in which chosen when elected.

    This lone constitutional qualification serves political opportunists well. Former state Representative Gloria Bromell Tinubu left Georgia a few months back, and ran to South Carolina so she could run for Congress. United States Representative Dennis Kucinich is considering a move to the State of Washington so he can keep a seat in Congress after being defeated in the Ohio Democrat primary last month.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that says an individual must A.) live in the district they seek to represent in Congress for one year prior to the election; and B.) live in the state they seek to represent in the U.S. Senate for one year prior to the election.

  4. Rick Day says:

    Oh, Charlie, I have plenty to say about how this story was made public, but I promised certain people I would give it 24 hours before ripping nuts publicly.

    I WILL be back tomorrow, and I WILL have something to say. And, as usual, some people are not going to like it.

Comments are closed.