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Re-Defeat McKinney

The congresswoman's erratic behavior and nutty conspiracy theories have landed her in a hotly contested runoff.

12:00 AM, Jul 27, 2006 • By SONNY BUNCH
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Johnson's biography also touts the number of acquittals and hung juries he has racked up as a defense lawyer, which makes it all the more odd that the Georgia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is behind him 100 percent of the way. Georgia's FOP is a nonprofit and cannot donate to political races, but the chapter president, Carlton Stallings, assured me that "individuals have been making donations out of their own pockets to his campaign" as a result of McKinney's run in with the Capitol Police. He also informed me that as soon as he found out the race was headed to a runoff, he got "in contact with Chuck Canterbury [national president of the Fraternal Order of Police], and he's made a donation through their political action committee of $1,000." In her own way, Cynthia McKinney is a uniter, not a divider: She unites people of all backgrounds against her.

The front page of McKinney's reelection website warns her supporters that she "will be pitted against a mostly unknown and unproven opponent, who will nonetheless have the unanimous backing of big national media and national money." The numbers don't bear this accusation out, however. Unlike McKinney, almost all of Johnson's money has come from in-state sources. Through June 28th, Johnson had only received 7 donations from individuals outside of Georgia, compared to 141 in-state contributions. The contrast to McKinney is stark: 104 of her 217 donations come from out-of-state sources. When looking at the absolute numbers, the statistics are even more damning: almost two-thirds of McKinney's cash comes from outside of Georgia. Of the ten zip codes that have donated the most money to McKinney's campaign, only three are located in Georgia--four are in California, two are in Las Vegas, NV, and the last is in Pasadena, Texas.

On August 8th the voters of Georgia's 4th Congressional district will have their choice between a member who will represent them, and a member whose most impressive legislative accomplishment this term is authoring the Tupac Amaru Shakur Records Collection Act. (The bill declares "all Government records related to the life and death of Tupac Amaru Shakur should be preserved for historical and governmental purposes." Not surprisingly, the bill has failed to attract a cosponsor.) It will be interesting to see whom they choose.

Sonny Bunch is assistant editor at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.