Wed. Jun 23, 2004
Anybody But Cynthia, The Sequel
Gosh, was it only two years ago that people of all stripes banded together to remove Cynthia McKinney from office? Back then I said, “There’s even an acronym that’s been coined for this search: ‘A.B.C.’ ... Anybody But Cynthia.”
Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) — known for making anti-Israel remarks and taking campaign money from groups suspected of terrorist ties — looks poised to win back her old district, a leading anti-McKinney donor said yesterday.
The donor, Larry Cooper, a medical oncologist and member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Atlanta, said Jewish activists had yet to coalesce around one of McKinney’s rivals in the Democratic primary in Georgia’s 4th District.
“The enthusiasm for jumping into the fray is definitely less than it was two years ago,” Cooper said. “I’m not seeing a significant dollar flow anywhere, but that doesn’t mean that if it got into a runoff it wouldn’t start. The concern is — I think this is a real possibility — Cynthia McKinney may take this thing without a runoff.”The Hill: “McKinney poised to win, Jewish fundraiser laments”
McKinney, take the primary without a runoff? I think that’s scare talk, intended to shake loose donations and encourage constituents and donors to coalesce around one McKinney opponent (there are now 5). And I’m OK with that. It’s past time, as this primary is a mere 26 days away, and there’s been little if any talk about it. A “stealth campaign” definitely benefits McKinney more than anyone.
In the side column, you’ll see my effort to spread the word, in the form of a Blogad for Cathy Woolard. I heartily endorse her as the successor to Denise Majette. She’s a former president of the Atlanta City Council (no small gig), and previously spent years working in public policy on Capitol Hill (the big ‘un in DC, not the lil’ one downtown). I think she will be a fine replacement for Rep. Majette.
About Majette: “After announcing that she would not seek a second House term to run for the Senate, Majette made it clear she would do everything possible to keep McKinney out of Congress. So far, she has been focused on winning the Democratic Senate nomination, which is also being sought by millionaire Cliff Oxford.”
First of all, there’s no way Majette can spare time to campaign against McKinney, when her political career depends on a longshot race people will be voting on that same day. And, unfortunately, I believe it is a longshot. I can’t condemn her for taking a shot at the Senate, but I’m afraid that come July 21, her “to do” list will consist of packing up her House office to come home at the end of this year. And if McKinney does end up regaining the office Majette has abandoned … well, I may change my mind about condemning her for her choice.
Although I think Mr. Cooper’s fears of a complete primary victory for McKinney are exaggerated for effect, there are some fears that she’s been underestimated this time around, and some reasons why:
McKinney has been running a very conservative, low-key race—no outrageous statements, no flares of temper, nothing to aggravate outside money.
The state Republican party has put out the word that it will not tolerate, as it did two years ago, any orchestrated effort by GOP forces to jump into the 4th District race. That decision alone easily could galvanize McKinney, who controls between 27,000 and 29,000 votes in DeKalb County, according to Republican estimates.
There could be many reasons for this decision. For instance, Republicans dearly love having McKinney around. She makes it easy to raise money.AJC Political Insider: “If Cynthia McKinney is feeling her oats, maybe it’s because Johnny Isakson is, too”
Two years ago, “ABC: Anybody But Cynthia” was a cute little acronym to get attention, but it somewhat degraded the “Anybody,” Denise Majette, who was, and is, definitely a “Somebody.” That is even more true this year. There are five people running not named “McKinney,” any one of whom would likely do a better job than her.
But I think Cathy Woolard is the most qualified and capable of the group, and she’ll be getting my vote.
Warning: I’ll likely be talking about this race a lot over the next three weeks. What, would you rather hear more about Kerry/Bush? At least this will be fresh heated rhetoric, that you can’t find everywhere else.