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Former Congresswoman Who Struck Cop Running for President

December 20, 2007  | 

Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who in March 2006 struck a Capitol Police officer, is running for president.

In that incident, McKinney circumvented a metal detector at the Longworth House Office Building and headed down the hall. She was stopped by a Capitol Police officer, and she struck him in the chest. McKinney argued that the officer stopped her because she was African American. The officer said he stopped her because she was not wearing a pin that identified her as a congresswoman.

Although she served in Congress as a Democrat, McKinney, 52, is seeking the presidential nomination of the Green Party.

She now lives in Marin County, Calif., and is studying for a doctorate in African-American studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Comments (7)

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komodo dragon @ 12/21/2007 1:53 AM

This is going to sound rather old fashioned, but I don't think people,
regardless of their vocation, should be allowed to run for the most
powerful position in the world when they can't control themselves
in the job they've already got. Had it been anyone else who struck
a police officer other than a well known congresswoman, I doubt
very much they'd have gotten off so easily. I suppose to some, she's a folk hero. I guess we'll have to see what the mass populace says come election time.

sledgehammer67 @ 12/21/2007 5:56 AM

Sad to say, but much like the sorry ilk that actually BELIEVES in the Free Mumia (or is it Fry Mumia?) claptrap, there will always be a faction of society willing to vote for people like her. I refuse to let people like that ruin my outlook...Merry Christmas to all!

laheat @ 12/21/2007 6:59 AM

She may be running for president - but her actions of striking an officer in the performance of their duties show she is a piece of garbage. And the green party? Let her and her supporters waste their money on a party that will NEVER - EVER make president, maybe dog catcher - but that is an insult to dogs.

adrian stroud @ 12/21/2007 7:57 AM

I agree. Of course in Washington, you can be Mayor, buy drugs from an undercover Police Officer, get caught, do time, get out, and be RE-ELECTED!! She'll never go anywhere.
Merry Christmas!! Stay Safe!!

Collegecop_wa @ 12/21/2007 8:01 AM

I can't help but wonder if she does somehow secure a party nomination for President how many of the (unfortunate) Secret Service agents assigned to her detail will get slapped around for trying to do their job and keep her safe while she is campaigning?

mapsend @ 12/21/2007 12:48 PM

This is a joke, right?

mgoodwin @ 12/23/2007 11:13 AM

One more looser won't make a difference.

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