McKinney makes statement on altercation

Posted by: ST on April 3, 2006 at 8:09 pm

*Tuesday AM Updates – bumped and updated for latest McKinney news – scroll down for updates (original post time: 10:57 am ET 4-3-06*

Watch it here.

What a joke.

Background on this story can be found here and here. I’ll post a transcript of the press conference as soon as it’s available.

Update I: And just who did she appear with? Among others, actor Danny Glover, supporter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and singer/actor Harry Belafonte, who not only supports Castro as well but also Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Belafonte, you may recall, likened former Sec. of State Colin Powell and then-NSA advisor now-Sec. of State Condi Rice to “house slaves” back in 2002. Nice move, Rep. McKinney.

The incident is being blamed on “race” according to one of her lawyers.

Update II: Read more via Michelle Malkin, who has screen caps and also as a mini-recap as to what was said – and now video as well.

Update III: Welcome, Hugh Hewitt readers (thanks for the link, Mary Katherine) as well as Wizbang readers! To all readers: Click on over to Wizbang to take part in their Caption Contest …. not sure you’ll like the prize, but coming up with captions for the photo in question should be fun ;)

Update IV: More updates from Malkin here, including a link to this post which says it all.

AP is reporting this afternoon:

Capitol Hill police have referred a scuffle between one of their officers and U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., a spokesman for the office said Monday.

“We are working with Capitol Hill police to fully understand and appreciate the incident,” principal assistant U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “Pending review, it is inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time.”

Phillips would not say whether a warrant was issued for McKinney’s arrest.

McKinney spokesman Coz Carson on Monday also acknowledged the investigation.

“We’re aware that the wheels are turning in Washington,” Carson said. “We have no control over what they decide to do. We will make the appropriate statement and take the appropriate action once we know where they’re going.”

Stay tuned …

Update V 8:01 PM ET: On CNN, McKinney tries to explain that she always looks the same, even though images shown on screen paint quite a different picture.

Update VI 8:06 PM ET: Can singer Isaac Hayes be classified as an office supply? Find out the answer here (scroll down for an update on this link):

WASHINGTON — Rep. Cynthia McKinney admits that she broke government rules by spending money to fly a celebrity to Atlanta.

Channel 2 Action News has uncovered documents showing McKinney, D-Ga., spent about $1,000 of taxpayer’s money to fly singer Isaac Hayes to Georgia to help dedicate a new office in Atlanta.

The money came from a fund members of Congress are supposed to use for office supplies.

Using the money to pay for Hayes’ airline ticket and hotel expenses is a violation of strict congressional rules. Those rules state that taxpayer money can only be used for “travel by Members, Members’ employees and vendors. A vendor is an employee of a private company that provides maintenance and support for equipment and software…”

(Hat tip: ST reader Karl at Leaning Straight Up)

I wonder if House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi would tell us to “not make a big deal” out of this, either?

Tue AM Update I: Welcome, Polipundit readers! Thanks to Lorie for the link :)

Tue AM Update II: The link to the above story about McKinney’s misuse of taxpayers money on singer Isaac Hayes has since been changed to note that the US Capitol Police are seeking a warrant for McKinney’s arrest. This link will take you to the story about the misuse of taxpayer dollars.

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  • 33 Responses to “McKinney makes statement on altercation”


    1. Enrique says:

      Honest question :
      Regardless of what you feel about the FACTS, do you think that she will gain or loss popularity w/her constituency.

    2. HD Wanderer says:

      She expects every one of these security people to know her by sight, regardless of a change in her appearance or lack of a identifying pin. Someone should ask her how many of the security people she could identify… I’d bet good money the number is zero.

    3. Batfink says:

      It really looked at first like McKinney would be smart enough to just try to keep quiet and wait for this one to blow over… I was amazed when she came out swinging the racist bat. Maybe I shouldn’t have been.

      ‘It’s all good’… for the GOP, that is.


    4. Baklava says:


      She’ll probably gain w/ her constituency.

      HD Wanderer, Those security people aren’t on TV (C-SPAN). :d

    5. Randy says:

      isn’t it a crime to falsely report a crime like assult?

    6. CB Howell says:

      THIS IS LAME!!!! As much as all these folks like to throw around the term, “…in a post-911 world” for ANYONE up there to behave in a way that is tandamount to resisting arrest or at the very least obstruction…is total crap! I’ll be thoroughly pissed if she isn’t charged.

      …and this coming from one of the most vocal supporters of impeaching bush for amoungst other things…abuse of power.

      Really? How does she rank? Just because she’s in the House doesn’t afford her any more rights relative to following the law than any of us have. BULLS**T! Edited language. –ST

    7. Baklava says:

      CB Howell inaccurately stated, “ for amoungst other things…abuse of power

      Me thinks you are referring to authorizing the NSA to surveille the enemy. Me thinks if that is what you are referring to you are stating your own opinion but it is contrary to many experts and my own humble opinion.

      But not to get diverted as this thread is about someone who truly did abuse power and should be censured. :o

    8. steve says:

      Isn’t Castro dead? And wasn’t Chavez elected to office by popular vote? Like Hamas? Didn’t bush gaze deeply into the eyes of Putin and want him in a carnal way after he saw his soul? You sunshine patriots seem to want to acknowledge democracy, with all of it’s flaws, only when it’s convient for you. Peace

    9. LindaSoG says:

      Excellent post, and thank you so much for the link!

    10. John says:

      check out the CNN interview w/ McKinney and her lawyers from 7:30pm or so est tonight; wow, she was frozen like a deer in headlights; and she told Blitzer he was wrong when he accused her of calling the incidentt one involving racial profiling; moments after MckInney was off air, Blitzer replayed the tape and sure enough there was McKinney saying the incident involved racial profiling!

    11. Dana says:

      None of this would have happened if a Southern girl like the lovely Mrs McKinney had grown up with the manners of a Southern lady.

    12. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      Cynthia McKinney’s race baiting is as close to an admission of guilt that she will ever make.

    13. Severian says:

      Dana and Mwalimu, amen! Great comments both of you. Try showing a few manners for one, and the old saw from Shakespeare about methinks the lady doth protest too much.

      If the same thing happened to certain black, female Republican politicians I can think of, it’s hard to imagine anything remotely similar happening is there? Not the being charged, a Republican would be crucified by now in the MSM and by the Democrats if they did the same. I mean he smacking the guard and then the whining and race baiting.

    14. Stingray says:

      Thanks for watching this so that I didn’t have to.

      Stingray:  a blog for salty Christians

    15. Gahrie says:

      Am I the only one wondering if McKinney blew up the security guard incident on purpose to distract from the Isaac Hayes case that she had to know was breaking?

    16. Batfink says:

      Whatever else you say about McKinney, she sure comes out swinging, doesn’t she? The more clearly wrong she is, the harder she fights it out. This is the classic liberal way lately — win on volume, and, hopefully, the confusion it causes. They’re counting on the rest of us not to call bullcrap and get all irate about it ourselves.

      As another glaring example, witness the fact that there is talk about actually controlling our borders from the hordes of illegal crossers, and who’s in the streets demonstrating about it? THE ILLEGAL CROSSERS! Why aren’t CITIZENS out protesting?

      And the answer is obvious (and bodes ill for the planned Mayday strike) — regular Americans work for a living. They are busy doing their jobs. I say that when the planned ‘strike’ causes no appreciable disruption, then the public will finally know that the “we can’t throw them out, the economy depends on them” line is complete and utter horsepoop.

    17. Baklava says:


      It’d work that way in the past. Now there are alternative sources of info. Liberals don’t understand that they can’t wag the dog anymore.

    18. Jim M says:

      Not only has McKinney now used the Race card she also is claiming that the officer touched her inappropriately “She was sexually assaulted”. Wow she has thrown everything into try to turn her into the victim and this white police officer into a sexist bigot.

      But not only has she got the problems with the Capital Police now a local TV station has uncovered some documents which show that Cynthia McKinney spent about $1,000 of the taxpayer’s money to fly Isaac Hayes to Georgia. WSB-TV reports that the funds came from a fund that members of Congress use for office supplies. This expenditure was a violation of congressional rules. Could this be another case of racism?

    19. NC Cop says:

      Of course not Jim, she has already stated that she was wrong to do so, so everything is ok. Didn’t you know that is how things work in the democrats world??

    20. steve says:

      I just hope this cop doesn’t turn out to be a registered Republican. Peace

    21. sanity says:

      What difference does party affiliation have to do with McKinney assaulting a police officer?

      What difference does party affiliation have on a Congresswoman not following procedures for members of Congress and checkpoints?

      What difference does party affiliation have to do when she ignores attempts from the officer to stop her from bypassing security checkpoint when she is not recognized?

      Why don’t you just use the same card she does steve and yell RACISM as a deflection from the truth.

    22. CB Howell says:

      Baklava stated:
      “CB Howell inaccurately stated, ” for amoungst other things…abuse of power”

      Me thinks you are referring to authorizing the NSA to surveille the enemy. Me thinks if that is what you are referring to you are stating your own opinion but it is contrary to many experts and my own humble opinion.”

      What I was referring to was McKinney’s hipocracy relative to: (the whole article can ba found at:

      22 US Representatives – including two members of the Georgia delegation – have now signed on as co-sponsors of H. Res 635, demanding a probe which could recommend Bush’s impeachment, including the initial sponsor, US Rep. John Conyers, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
      Five (5) Members of US Congress signed on yesterday, February 07, 2006, including US Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), John Lewis (D-GA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), according to

      “The thing about H. Res. 635 is, it deals with impeaching Bush over a cluster of issues from misleading the public to go to war, to authorizing torture.”

      Once again, “me thinks” your utter arrogance has lead you to pick a fight about issues that don’t exist. It seems to me that I have already shared this axom before…but what the hey…Edited – insult. Cool it, CB. –ST