McKinney Won't Appear on Nov. Ballot

Cynthia McKinney and the Green Party didn't submit any petitions to the Secretary of State to be put on the ballot for the 4th District congressional race.

Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney won't be on the ballot as a Green Party candidate for the 4th District congressional seat now held by Hank Johnson.

Neither McKinney nor the Green Party presented any petititons to the Georgia Secretary of State's (SOS) office that could have put her on the ballot, said Jared Thomas, a spokesman for the SOS office.

-- 5 percent of the 377,189 active and eligible voters in the 2010 open election -- by Aug. 7.

Parts of the 4th District include Decatur and Avondale Estates.

Tim Fleming of the SOS has said the Green Party had to use petitions to get on the congressional ballot because the party has never garnered enough statewide votes to automatically earn a ballot spot.

Emails and voice messages to state Green Party candidates seeking comment were not returned. McKinney could not be reached.

McKinney was a six-term member of Congress as a Democrat. by backing the PLO, questioning whether President Bush had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and being stopped by a police officer when she tried to enter the capitol.

In the November general election, Johnson will face Republican Chris Vaughn, a  minister from Conyers.

john penn August 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM
There's not many people who are unhappy with this. Enough said.
Ralph Ellis August 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Are you disappointed McKinney won't be on the ballot?
Cindy August 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
All I can say is...NO
bulldogger August 17, 2012 at 01:04 PM
And now, the "Cynthia McKinney Parkway" signs need to be removed from Memorial Drive......they, as well as her, are an embarassment to DeKalb County. Would it be unkind to ask her to leave our state? She did it once and came back, much to my dismay.
Jonathan Belcher August 17, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Her public service was pathetic. One of the worst elected officials ever, along with her dad. An embarrassing self serving individual. By the way she was also a democrat. The party should be so proud to have had her and her father in their ranks. She is a fine example of what the party can produce and stands for. Fear, ignorance, propaganda and making more people dependant on a government that has been broken for quite some time. Too many people depend on our government to hold their hand these days. We have become a collective mass of sheep. The wolves are circling. I fear for our nation.
john penn August 17, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I am against the renaming of streets in general. Even now I have a hard time finding my way around some parts of Atlanta because of name changes. I am so sick of people pushing for this type of honor for their favorites and I'm even sicker of those who grant them these concessions. Let these people name their children after these people if they are so enamored of them. Those who are socially and politically divisive should not be thrown in people's faces. Let the people have some peace....please.
clm1950 August 17, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Yes, I am disappointed she will not be on the ballot. What scares me is the recent report that 90 million Americans will NOT VOTE in the Presidential Election. This is what ultra-conservatives want. Please don't believe everything you read in the mainstream press owned by Corporations. Educate yourselves on the issues and your Reps voting records and vote accordingly.
bulldogger August 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Please don't believe everything you read in the mainstream press C, I don't believe "anything" I read or hear in the "Mainstream Press".....Lies, lies and damn lies. FNC is the only place you can get the TRUTH.
bulldogger August 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Hear, hear.....
Mike Easterwood August 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I am Not sorry Cynthia did not get enough signatures to get on the ballot. I think everyone was tired of her act. However, your endorsement of the right wing propaganda wing, FNC is off base. I have no problem reading and watching any information. I decide which I want to adopt or believe. And the Fox opinion people are cheerleaders for republicans. I am an independent. Not either party attracts me. My problem with both parties is that their message is controlled by the fringe elements. The democrats want more social programs and the republicans want the gilded age or the early 1900's. Neither is what we should have.
Jim Bobber August 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Why is the absence of McKinney even newsworthy?? Why don't the ajc, patch and all the rest just let the bitter bigot fade into oblivion?
Dante August 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
She is a charlatan who uses social justice causes to advance her own power. She lacks prudence and reason. She slings slogans that hook Emory and Decatur intellectuals into believing she actually cares about social justice and the environment. She is no different than Creflo Dollar and other pretenders. What kind of fool tries to get a highway named after them when real pillars of civilization (e.g., veterans, non-profit leaders who truly care about the poor, when your average Chili's waitress has more good in them than 10 lifetimes of Ms. McKinney) are pushed aside for recognition. C in the above post uses the phrase "ultra conservative." If I do volunteer work for the poor, teach students ethics for little pay, am a decent parent, am pro-life, care for the environment, direct plays, and am not for McKinney because she is a fraud, am I an "ultra conservative" and thereby anathema? Good day.
bulldogger August 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
@Mike Easterwood - However, your endorsement of the right wing propaganda wing, FNC is off base. NO, it's not......I, also decide what I want to believe. Your criticism of my choices of what news to watch and believe IS WHAT'S OFF BASE. I'm also an independent, so what's the difference between us? You say "neither is what we should have".....why don't you run for president and get us all straightened out about what we should have? Oh, wait......you're one of those "know it alls", aren't you.
Decaturette August 17, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I can't stand the political nastiness that shows up on this blog. I wish it would stay away from politics and focus on neighborhood issues. I would read it more if I didn't see the same screen names blah, blah, blahing nastiness. The dialog here doesn't persuade anyone of anything. It's just therapy for the writers who need to get negative thoughts out of their system. Having said that, I think it's a tacky trend, the naming of places, buildings, stadiums, whatever for people who are still alive. It used to be that you had to die first! I don't care which party or demographic you represent, it's tacky. Naming places after people should be a memorial act not an advertisement. It's not the most important issue to address in this world, but it sure is tasteless.
R. Phillips August 17, 2012 at 09:50 PM
So many people think people from the south are ignorant and simple. When the authorities let Cynthia McKinney, and her father, get away with the embarrassment they caused Ga., then name a road after her, only seems to prove them right. How do go about getting her name removed from Memorial Drive?
Mike Easterwood August 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Bulldogger. I do not have the requisite personality disorder to want to be a politician. And yes, I do know a lot.
bulldogger August 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
To R. Phillips - It would be a wonderful thing to get this embarassment off those highway signs; however, and Mike Easterwood, please chime in since you "do know a lot", I don't know whether that would ever be possible since, I believe DeKalb County is Majority Black.


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