In a very sad day for democracy and my personal amusement, Cynthia McKinney turned in exactly zero signatures in her quest to run for Congress in her old district, but this time as a Green party candidate.
So sayeth the AJC:
McKinney had been trying to collect signatures to run as a Green Party candidate against U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, aDeKalb County Democrat, in the 4th Congressional District, but a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office confirmed Friday that McKinney did not submit any signatures by the Aug. 7 deadline.
The missed deadline was first reported by Patch.com.
McKinney still could mount a write-in campaign but her name will not appear on the ballot. She would have had to secure 18,859 petition signatures to make the ballot.
McKinney served in Congress as a Democrat for six terms. Johnson defeated her in a 2006 Democratic runoff after McKinney attracted controversy for a run-in with a Capitol police officer. McKinney was an outspoken anti-war voice and once questioned whether the George W. Bush administration knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance.
Some said McKinney’s participation in the race could have been the tipping point that forced a runoff, and you could imagine a scenario where she finished second in the general with, say 30% of the vote, the republican taking more than 25%, and Hank Johnson garnered only 45%. And then in the runoff, South Dekalb would then launch her to victory. And by you I mean Cynthia McKinney. Nobody else thought that.