Cynthia McKinney will run in GA-04

Per Independent Political Report, Cynthia McKinney, who needs no introduction, will run in Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District this fall as an Independent. While she will receive the Green Party’s nomination, they don’t have a ballot line thanks to Georgia absurd ballot access laws. I’m told that the national Green Party will invest heavily in the race to ensure that McKinney collects the 25,000 to 40,000, including a buffer, she’ll need to appear on the ballot.

Whether you agree with McKinney or not, this race, which will pit her against Rep. Hank Johnson, who has primary opposition as well, and the Republican nominee — either Greg Pallen or Chris Vaughn, should bring hours of endless laughter.

The press release is below the fold.

Following weeks of rumors and media reports about her intentions, Stone Mountain, Georgia resident Cynthia McKinney, a six term member of the U.S. Congress and the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the United States has filed an FEC-2 “Statement of Candidacy.” In this filing she declares her intention to seek the nomination of the Georgia Green Party for Congress of the United States.

“Greens welcome Ms. McKinney’s entry into the race,” said Adam Shapiro, chair of the Georgia Green Party. “We hope we can work together to restore to the Fourth Congressional District leadership
committed to expeditiously ending this nation’s illegal and immoral wars.”

The Georgia Green Party will convene its Nominating Convention on Saturday June 2nd, 2012, from 10am till 4pm at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Public Library; 5234 LaVista Road; Tucker, GA 30084. This
Convention is expected to consider endorsing former state party cochair Denice Traina in her bid for election to the nonpartisan Augusta-Richmond County commission. In addition, the Party
anticipates considering the nominations of both Ms. McKinney in her bid for Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District and Kwabena Nkromo who has announced his intention to seek the Party’s nomination for the State Assembly in District #57.

In addition to securing the support of Delegates to the June 2nd Convention, in order to appear as Greens on the Georgia ballot, these partisan candidates are also required to file petitions with signatures representing 5% of the number of voters who are registered and eligible to vote in November’s General Election. This ballot access standard is ten times the national average and according to Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News, constitutes the highest barrier to participation in the world, when comparing all countries which conduct contested elections. The filing deadline is in 76 days.

“We will not succeed in placing Green candidates on the Georgia ballot without the participation of citizens willing to carry our ballot access petitions,” said Al Herman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia Party. “We face an near-impossible barrier and a short timeline. We’re inviting Greens and others from around the nation to come to Georgia to help us surmount these barriers. We’re asking Greens in Georgia to open their homes to host our out-of-state volunteers.”

The Georgia Green Party has organized since before its first filing with the Secretary of State in 1996. The Party organizes to inject Green values of peace and non-violence, social justice, grassroots democracy and ecological wisdom into the public policy making process.

13 comments

  1. seenbetrdayz says:

    Well, there is a difference between the ability to get your name on a ballot versus the ability to win an election.

  2. NoTeabagging says:

    “We face an near-impossible barrier and a short timeline…” further handicapped by promoting a batcrap crazy candidate!

    • NoTeabagging says:

      Ms. McKinney had a very good environmental voting record in her early years. As she descended into dementia lest we not forget, 9/11 conspiracy theories, crossover voter conspiracies, and decking a Capitol police officer. I’ll leave trolling wikipedia etc for anti-Semitic and racists comment to our more adventurous readers.

      This is hardly ‘goofy behavior’ as your link above gleans, IMHO.
      I’d rather see Guam tip over before voting for her.

  3. Jane says:

    I guess the Ron Paul faction finally have an anti-war candidate to rally behind. I wonder if Alec will be her Campaign manager?

  4. Rick Day says:

    Scatter-shooting while wondering: where did Snuggles™ go when we need him?

    I hope she wins. The House could use more Independents. On this, I am sure we all agree, even if we can not agree WHO that may be.

    Balfour probably put her up to this. Imagine the distraction this will be within the rank file, come November?

  5. Doug Deal says:

    Having McKinney make the ballot would actually harm ballot access for others in Georgia because it will “prove” that the Georgia access laws are not insurmountable. What would be better would be for her to have an extremely well funded and professional effort fall barely short due to technicalities.

    Newt sued in Virginia because he only needed 10,000 signatures to be put on a statewide ballot. The over twice needed for a single house seat in Georgia is ridiculous.

    • Loren says:

      I agree, but I also think even a well-funded McKinney will find that collecting a sufficient number of signatures will be nigh-impossible.

      Georgia law allows for petitions to be circulated for 180 days before the deadline, and McKinney’s already presumably squandered the first 104. To get enough signatures in the remaining 76 days, she’ll need to average upwards of 400 unique signatures PER DAY. Every day. For two and a half months.

      Plus, every valid signature has to come from a registered 4th District voter. And since they just redrew the district lines, that means there are going to be a number of people (like me) who used to be in the 4th, but aren’t anymore. Correcting for that error rate means collecting even MORE signatures.

      As a point of comparison, Hank Johnson won the Democratic primary two years ago with 28,000 votes. So McKinney will need to find more petition signers than Johnson had primary voters.

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