THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

McKinney Green with Opportunity

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on July 15, 2008

Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney secured the nomination of Green Party for President of the United States. 

McKinney, who recently switched from the Democratic Party, made history by being first women and African American to be nominated by the party.  The spunky former Congresswomen will bring some excitement to the race that features other outsized small party  and independent nominees like Ralph Nader and Bob Barr, another former Georgia member of Congress. 

McKinney is no strange to history since she was the first African American women elected to Congress from Georgia. 

McKinney, who had a checkered history in Congress, which included calls for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, a request for a congressional inquiry of the death of rapper Tupac Shakur and countless defenses of hip hop, will not run this campaign quietly and wants “to build a movement.”

McKinney named hip hop artist Rosa Clemente as her runningmate.  The best the Green Party has ever done in an election is 2000 when Ralph Nader captured 2.8 million votes and 2.7% of the vote, a number many Democrats chafe at and whine about about because of  Al Gore’s slim lost to George W. Bush.    

McKinney, Nader and Barr make up one of the most interesting if not powerful set of independent and small party candidates in history.  Whether any of them or all of them combined can effect the race in the end like Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 history will tell but the one thing they they won’t do is go quietly into the electoral night.

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