In what some are already calling grave mistake, The Hill reported late Wednesday that Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney skipped voting on reauthorization of the voting rights amendment.
Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s (D-Ga.) Democratic opponent is criticizing her for missing a vote on an amendment to a bill reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that opponents argued would have gutted the legislation.
“Once again, Representative McKinney was missing in action for a crucial vote. While her colleagues fought the good fight, she was planning for that evening’s festivities in New York. She let others carry the load and came in at the last minute to take credit for a fight already won,” DeKalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson Jr. said in a statement after he was informed about the missed vote…
… McKinney had extolled the importance of voting to reauthorize the historic act on the House floor and in a radio address two weeks before the vote.
“As the Congress considers extending the Voting Rights Act, it is important to note that black voters are still confronted with a concerted effort to deny their right to vote and have outspoken, uncompromising representation,” McKinney said June 24 in the radio speech on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
McKinney was the ONLY black congress member from the southeast to miss the vote, and interestingly enough, the netroots still believe its all part of a grand conspiracy to defeat McKinney. Here are a couple of offerings from Democratic Underground:
- She was in Georgia fighting Diebold’s theft of her victory. Diebold switched votes from her to her anti-choice, right-wing opponent. There will be a runoff and Republicans are all planning to vote for her opponent, a real friend to Diebold.
- There is no reason to replace a progressive incumbent with a “moderate”(which as everyone knows is code for a conservative).
- There was never any reason for a primary challenge to McKinney. The only reason Johnson is in the race is that some people didn’t want a progressive African American woman holding this congressional seat. No progressives will support Johnson against McKinney, only DLC’ers and Republican crossovers.
- Clarence Thomas type opponent critizing McKinney on Voting issues.
- DLC SMEAR ALERT! DLC SMEAR ALERT! This is all about defeating a progressive Democrat in the primary and turning the seat over to another DLC conservative. That’s the only reason this thread is being started.
As you can see, the shrillness of the left is void of any substance. Calling Hank Johnson a “conservative” and a “Clarence Thomas type” is a bit over the top and clearly not grounded in reality. And asserting he only made it to a runoff election on the votes of Republican crossover voters and rigged voting machines is pure far left conpiratorial fantasy. The Atlanta Journal did an analysis of the primary and found 49 percent fewer voters cast ballots for McKinney than in 2002. That indicates those voters either did not cast ballots on election day, or voted for another candidate – Johnson. In addition, support for McKinney dropped by an average of 4.5 percentage points across the 120 precincts. She experienced the biggest decline in south DeKalb precincts. In the precincts where McKinney was strongest in 2002, she still won majorities this year but by a lower percentage.
Now many on the left will tell you their support for McKinney is based on what she is – a black woman – and that the government needs more minority representation. I couldn’t agree more. But why did the left howl when Denise Majette, another black woman, defeated McKinney, and then continued to berate her during her congressional term? Majette’s voting record was comparable to McKinney’s in terms of liberalness, but she avoided the controversy McKinney is known for. Majette certainly never did anything as silly as introduce a bill to provide for the “expeditious disclosure of records relevant to the life and death of Tupac Amaru Shakur.”
And Majette didn’t take campaign contributions from every Muslim organization she could buddy up to. Here’s a partial list of McKinney contributors:
Belal Dalati — a vice president of Arab-American Broadcasting Co. (Orange County Register, February 19, 2002) associated with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Hasan Elkhatib —member, board of directors, American Islamic Educational Foundation (MetroWest Jewish News, October 10, 1996)
Yaser Elmenshawy – chairman, Islamic Council of New Jersey.
Rafeeq Jaber — president, Islamic Association for Palestine, a Hamas offshoot.
Oussama Jammal — president, Bridgeview Mosque.
Samer Khalaf — chairman, American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee’s Political Outreach Committee in New Jersey.
Faroque Khan — president, Islamic Center of Long Island, also connected to the American Muslim Alliance and Islamic Society of North America.
Mahmoud A Nimer – member, board of directors, Islamic Academy of Florida, Tampa (an Islamic school established by Sami al-Arian; al-Arian’s indictment indicates the school was used as a base of support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad).
Ayman Osman – member, board of directors, Islamic Academy of Florida, Tampa; employer of Hatem Fariz, arrested on terrorism charges and charged with being a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Talat Othman – former chairman of the Islamic Free Market Institute; secretary/treasurer of the American Task Force on Palestine.
Khalid Qazi — former president, American Muslim Council of western New York State.
Hareth Raddawi – member, board of directors, American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, Chicago.
Allam Reheem – former member, board of directors, Islamic Academy of Florida, Tampa.
Talal Sunbulli — former chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.
Further, a quick check of her campaign contributors in general reveals something, too. Want to know why charges of anti-semitism dog McKinney? Just consider the donors she has to please. It’s ironic the left always claims moderate Democrats are beholden to big business yet the darling of the left, Cynthia McKinney, is beholden to people who want to see the United States burned to the ground.
Please, donate to Hank Johnson, so the Democratic party can rid ourselves of Cynthia McKinney!
UPDATE: Samer Khalaf contacted me and assured me he is Christian, not Muslim, and can trace his Christianity “back to Biblical times.”