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[Jul. 23rd, 2004|02:24 pm]
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Well, it seems that I have terrific news! Former member of Congress and of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), will be back in Congress next year! http://www.thenation.com/thebeat/index.mhtml?bid=1&pid=1591

[User Picture]From: petercastro
2004-07-23 12:52 pm (UTC)
My retiring congressman Cass Ballenger once referred to her as a "bitch." I'm glad he's on his way out at the same time she's on her way back in. It makes up for the fact that the two top vote getters in the Republican Primary in my district are right-wing extremists. I'm screwed either way after the runoff vote, but I can still be happy knowing that a such a great person like McKinney will be there representing my political beliefs.
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[User Picture]From: gregster25
2004-07-23 08:17 pm (UTC)
On most issues I agree with Cynthia Mckinney, however, I am seriously concerned with her position towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Jewish Community. Her election site blames AIPAC for her defeat in 2002. I don't believe in everything AIPAC does but I do believe that it is unfair to blame one single Jewish organization for her electoral defeat.
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[User Picture]From: petercastro
2004-07-24 06:53 am (UTC)
It was a big reason for her defeat. In fact, I'd say it got the ball rolling for everything that led to it, including the cross over Republican vote in the primary. AIPAC got a LOT of money to her opponent in that election also. They openly targeted her for defeat.

I, for one, am in full agreement with her pro Palestinian support. Everyone else in the US government gives full support to Israel. I see nothing wrong with one person taking up the Palestinians' cause for freedom.
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From: hb87asms05
2004-07-24 08:22 am (UTC)
Yes, she does blame her defeat, and rightfully so, on the pro-Israel lobby. However, she has also said that 48,000 Republicans crossed over and voted for her opponent (Denise Majette) in the primary, which I believe played a bigger role than just the money, even though the money did play a big part, because Denise Majette outspent her 2-to-1.

But let's get something straight: Cynthia McKinney is not an anti-Semite. She simply believes we should be more sympathetic to the innocent Palestinians. In a way, it's like she is one of only a handful of members of Congress who is both pro-Israel AND pro-Palestine.

(Note: I was not acting like you (gregster25) thought that she was an anti-Semite, but some people actually do call her an anti-Semite.
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