Cynthia McKinney: Hinting at a run for Congress

Cynthia McKinney was the 2008 Green Party candidate for President of the United States. Cynthia McKinney has also supported other third party movements such as the Reconstruction Party. A post at the Atlanta Progressive blog says that Cynthia McKinney may make a run for Congress.

(excerpt from) Atlanta Progressive
Exclusive: McKinney Pondering Green Run for US Congress
Matthew Cardinale  / April 8, 2009

Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) told Atlanta Progressive News in a recent instant message conversation that people seem to be expecting that she is going to run for US Congress as a Green Party candidate, possibly in California.

MC: My question for you is whether u’ve thought about a Green Party run for US Congress (perhaps in CA?)
CM: Well, it seems that everyone else is thinking that, for sure.

She confirms this in a recent email circulated to her supporters obtained by APN…

32 thoughts on “Cynthia McKinney: Hinting at a run for Congress

  1. HS

    Bob Barr on one side of the spectrum in Georgia and Cynthia McKinney on the other… yuck.

  2. Trent Hill

    If she were smart, she’d run as an Independent and just seek the support of the Greens, Reconstruction, Peace and Freedom, and Naderites.

  3. Ross Levin

    That will still be a tough race – the average winning congressional campaign cost about $1 million in 2008, much more than McKinney raised in her run for president.

  4. Kimberly Wilder

    Trent, I don’t think it is fair to coach “the other side of the spectrum.” At least, they might question your advice…

    😉

    But, I will say, I do not think that GP-US as such is a good enough vehicle for Cynthia McKinney. In fact, it failed her (including me, I was part of that dysfunction) last time around.

    So, I kind of like your idea of a coalition of like-minded parties.

    Though, I have this hope in my heart that a miracle will happen, and GP-US will reform its annoying ways OR that GP-US will fold, and that by the next presidential cycle, there will be a better, national Green Party structure.

    Peace,
    Kimberly Wilder
    ex-patriate Green Party member
    proponent of Green values

  5. Thane Eichenauer

    Since Mr. Barr has been commented on here I just wanted to say that while I regret that Barr and his campaign made some choices that I and many other Libertarians disagreed with I still am pleased that he chose to put in the effort to run as the Libertarian Party nominee for President 2008. I believe he would be a good Libertarian election official should he win an election in the future.

    As for McKinney, she may be a current Green and former Democrat but I’d rather have the US Congress be filled with people like her and Mr. Barr (and Nader and Baldwin) that have publicly and clearly pledged to support privacy rights, limited national debt, a limited foreign policy and an audited Federal Reserve (see URL below) than the 98%+ of the chumps that are there now who couldn’t find or support a constitutional limitation of government if you paid them (and we do).

    The portion of the political spectrum we should worry about is the squishy center.

    http://www.votenader.org/weagree/

  6. Donald Raymond Lake

    Kimberly:

    “I don’t think it is fair to coach “the other side of the spectrum.” ”

    Aren’t we all, at heart and at the start, non Dems and non GOP, as they are the ones whom have driven the ship of state into the abbys!

  7. paulie

    As for McKinney, she may be a current Green and former Democrat but I’d rather have the US Congress be filled with people like her and Mr. Barr (and Nader and Baldwin) that have publicly and clearly pledged to support privacy rights, limited national debt, a limited foreign policy and an audited Federal Reserve (see URL below) than the 98%+ of the chumps that are there now who couldn’t find or support a constitutional limitation of government if you paid them (and we do).

    The portion of the political spectrum we should worry about is the squishy center.

    I agree.

  8. Trent Hill

    “Trent, I don’t think it is fair to coach “the other side of the spectrum.” At least, they might question your advice…”

    It doesnt matter what side of the aisle the advice comes from, good advice is good advice. I consider myself an expert in third parties–and I must say that McKinney will do FAR better as an independent who draws from several national networks.

  9. Trent Hill

    I know, but I’ve had people actually say that becuase im a libertarian Republican, I can’t possibly be a friend to third parties, or leftist third parties. Which is ironic, considering I now run the most widely read third-party news blog on the Internet, I donate to ballot-access causes, and promote third party voting (whichever third party that might be). I may not be America’s foremost third party activist, but Im certainly an ally.

  10. paulie

    I must say that McKinney will do FAR better as an independent who draws from several national networks.

    Depends on what her goals are. She’s not likely to win, at least without jumping back into a major party, so one possible goal of such a campaign would be party building.

    However, she could have other goals best served by running as an independent, such as building her personal lists, name recognition, fundraising, etc.

    If the economy gets much worse and the wars escalate, it’s conceivable she could win with a strong campaign. Although, it probably won’t help her that she just moved to another state very recently.

  11. Thomas L. Knapp

    McKinney should consider running for Congress … as a Ron Paul Republican.

    Yes, I’m serious.

    A vote survey by Freedom Democrats a few years ago had her voting with Paul 80% of the time on key civil liberties issues … a higher rate than any member of the Republican “Liberty Study Committee” or whatever it was called, or any Republican at all for that matter.

    Last year, she agreed with Paul enough to endorse the Campaign For Liberty’s four-plank campaign platform.

    Yes, some of her positions veer far from what one might consider “CFL orthodoxy” … but so do the positions of many other Republicans, even if the veer is in a different direction.

    If she picked a seat with a Democrat incumbent (or a weak Republican incumbent!) and ran in the GOP primary, she might be able to win that primary with a combination of Ron Paul Republican voters and progressive Democratic crossover voters, then go on to win in the general election.

  12. Catholic Trotskyist

    Ah, I have returned from my successful mission, to find this good news, that many IPR commenters are coming around to something quite similar to my Fringe Alliance Strategy. McKinney should be able to win if she uses all this advice, motivating both the Ron Paul Right and the Progressive Left, thus coming very close to the platform of Catholic Trotskyism, amen.

  13. Donald Raymond Lake

    Once again, third party partisanship has limited force. In the past decades I have voted time and time again for non Dems and non GOP on election day that I did support all along.

    Unless you really like the available Dem or GOP, and especially if it looks like a lopsided race, vote for an alternative selection!

  14. Eric Dondero

    Knapp’s flaw in his logic, is that he equates agreement with Ron Paul as somehow “libertarian,” or “libertarian Republican.”

    Yes, on domestic issues Paul is pretty damned good from a libertarian perspective. But on foreign policy, he’s the ultimate anti-libertarian supporting Fascist movements like Gaza Terrorists, and making apologies for Latin American Communist regimes.

    And it’s on the foreign policy front where McKinney agrees with Paul.

    I’ve met Cynthia McKinney. She’s a very gracious and attractive lady. Not nearly the stereotype that some have of her in person. But a friend of liberty, she is not.

    She’s fascism with a smile and a handshake.

  15. Eric Dondero

    Hill, you may be a friend of Third Parties, but a “libertarian Republican” you are not. You’re completely opposite of libertarian Republicans on foreign policy; more of a fascist supporter on that front.

    Your domestic views are good, from what I can tell.

    But even there, you take every opportunity to bash libertarian Republicans like Sarah Palin, while completely ignoring others like Tom McClintock and Butch Otter.

    Please stop using the label to describe yourself. Paleo-Republican or Islamo-Fascist supporting Republican would be more appropriate.

    Eric Dondero, Publisher
    Libertarian Republican blog
    Founder, Republican Liberty Caucus
    Fmr. Senior Aide, US Congressman Ron Paul (1997-2003)
    Former Florida Chairman, Libertarian Republican Organizing Comm.
    25-year dues-paying Libertarian Party member
    Acting Chairman, Libertarian Defense Caucus

  16. Ross Levin

    Eric – wouldn’t it be the “ultimate anti-libertarian” position to want to intervene in other countries’ business and expand the government in order to so?

    Ross Levin
    High school swim team member
    Volunteer for former Senator Mike Gravel
    Contributor, Independent Political Report
    Founder, Environmental Club at my high school

  17. Trent Hill

    Eric,

    You could not possibly claim to be the arbitor of libertarian values. You are supportive of the number one big government program–War. And you’ll support pretty much any way for any reason.

    “But even there, you take every opportunity to bash libertarian Republicans like Sarah Palin, while completely ignoring others like Tom McClintock and Butch Otter.”

    Sarah Palin isnt a libertarian. Butch Otter and Tom McClintock–I like them both, though both of their foriegn policies are wrong.

    You are NOT a libertarian Eric. Crazy? Yea. Emperialist? Hell yea. But not libertarian.

  18. Thomas L. Knapp

    I wouldn’t go so far as to call Cynthia McKinney a libertarian.

    However, McKinney is clearly far more libertarian than, for example, Eric Dondero.

    A few days ago, Dondero publicly opined — not for the first time — that he should have the “right” to physically assault people whose diet he objects to.

  19. paulie

    publicly opined — not for the first time — that he should have the “right” to physically assault people whose diet he objects to.

    Details please!

    War is pure socialism, in its most basic, raw and evil form.

    Fascism or statism, yes, but I don’t think it does much for the workers. In fact, they tend to be the ones used for cannon fodder, to the profit of plutocrats, bureaucrats and various other kinds of rats.

  20. Thomas L. Knapp

    Paulie,

    The first instance occurred a few years ago on, I think, the libertarian-republicans Yahoo group.

    The most recent mental instability outbreak was in comments over at Dondero’s “Libertarian” Republican blog.

    To make a short story even shorter, he doesn’t like people who eat dogs. He thinks there either be a law agin eating does, or a law permitting him to pound without penalty on those whom he catches en flagrante with fidoburgers.

  21. Deran

    Does anyone have any actual information as to whether McKinney would be running in CA (I assume) or GA?

    If she runs in CA, which district? I believe she is currently a resident of the Berkeley area? Isn’t that a part of Barbara Lee’s district (I could well be wrong).

    I think running as a Green would be viable in CA, but as an independent (who ran a more aggressive and smarter campaign than Sheehan), she could help the PFP and the GP-CA.

    I think it is interesting that McKinney has a strongly similar voting record to Paul. I think this goes to show that the non-Marxist-Leninist Left is actually very libertarian, and always has been.

    I think Eugene Debs was one of the first “libertarian” candidates for president of the US.

  22. paulie

    I don’t think she can run in Georgia anymore, since she is no longer officially a resident there, so it would have to be California.

    If I recall correctly, she lives in Marin County.

  23. Green Ferret

    It seems to me that Cynthia McKinney is very much about movement-building. She tried the Democratic Party as a vehicle for her stands on peaceful foreign policy and other issues. That didn’t work out, so now she sees the Green Party as the best hope for a non-corporate political movement. I joined the Greens for the same reason.

    Cindy Sheehan tried running as an independent peace candidate against Nancy Pelosi, and got something like 17%. Running independent so as not to ‘scare people off’ is a short-term strategy if you think you have a good chance of winning. A better strategy for Greens is to proudly run good candidates on the Green line, so people will associate the party with its principles of nonviolence, social justice, grassroots democracy and sustainability.

    Btw, former congressperson Dan Hamburg has also announced that he’ll be running for (local) office as a Green in NorCal.

    As for the GOP, we should be happy to let it be crushed under the weight of its dead ideas and sordid recent history. Ron Paul is a good man, but he’s on a sinking ship. Bail, Ron, bail.

  24. Woof!

    “To make a short story even shorter, he doesn’t like people who eat dogs. He thinks there either be a law agin eating [dogs], or a law permitting him to pound without penalty on those whom he catches en flagrante with fidoburgers.”

    Then he is a fascist and no libertarian of any kind.

    Libertarians certainly believe that people have the right to eat whatever they choose.

    Dog steak is actually quite tender and delicious. It’s not as strong flavored or distinctive as say, goat or venison or even mutton. It’s like beef with a little added zing.

    Dog stew and dog soup are not as good, in my opinion, but they are quite popular among my friends who eat at dog restaurants regularly. Many eat dog on a weekly basis.

  25. Thomas L. Knapp

    Woof and Ross,

    I don’t think I’d care much for dog myself, but you both got the point in any case: Libertarians don’t attempt to coercively impose their social prejudices on others.

    If Mr. Dondero attempted to make a libertarian case for “animal rights” in general, I could respect that (although I might not agree that he was correct).

    His argument isn’t such a case. Rather, his argument is that since he personally thinks of dogs as cute, cuddly pets, people shouldn’t be allowed to eat them (or that if they are, he should be free to physically assault them for doing so).

    If we don’t accept a generalized argument for “animal rights,” there’s no great reason to regard dogs in particular as a “privileged” species. They’re not as smart as apes, whales, dolphins or even pigs. They’re often kept as pets, but so are pigs, birds, fish, etc.

  26. Nick Bundy

    I am curious as to how a person would get into the race to become a U.S. Congressman on an independent ticket?

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