As you can see, we've elected to support and publish a letter from Hank Johnson, who is a Democrat running to replace Cynthia McKinney as the Member of Congress from Georgia's 4th District. I'm going a step further and working with other bloggers to try and raise some significant bucks for her opponent.
This is an important race, for a variety of reasons, and I think that it matters that the moderate Dems. - like myself - support someone who may well be a little more liberal than we are, because while we may or may not be aligned widely on issues, Commissioner Johnson isn't someone who practices the politics of conspiracy, hate, and hyperbole.McKinney's record as a Member ought to speak for itself. She has passed one bill - renaming a post office - while serving as a go-to quote for the newsmedia looking for controversy. Her belief that Bush conspired to plan 9/11; her letter to the Saudis after 9/11 asking for money; her support from organizations that have been linked to terrorist fundraising; her abject failure as a Member of Congress to do the job she was elected to do. Here's a quote from a commenter on NPR:
Your analysis of Cynthia McKinney is right on track. I am a liberal African-American democrat living in her district and I have been strongly engaged in the effort to unseat her. Aside from her hysterical behavior she is an embarrassment to her constituents. Like many I am tired of her race baiting platform and I have no tangible evidence of what she has done in our area. I was particularly disturbed by a picture of her sitting with Cindy Sheehan that appeared in the Atlanta paper the day after the primary for two reasons. First, I admire Ms. Sheehan and her anti-war efforts and secondly, this was one of the few times I have ever seen her photographed with Caucasians on both sides of her. Obviously I am voting for Mr. Johnson, he appears to be rational and as qualified as the incumbent.
Her record is despicable enough that it ought to be enough reason to replace her.
The organic rise of Johnson to challenge McKinney is an example of the self-correcting forces within the system, forces that we're potentially all part of. I'm happy to help them along.
If you want to be a part, the go over to Johnson's website and give the man some money.
That's why I'm setting a target of $50,000 in donations in the next two weeks.
That sounds wildly ambitions - and it is - but it's only 5,000 people giving $10 each. I'm in for $100, so we only need 4,990 now...
So go on over, drop $10.00 (or more) on the candidate, and send me an email and tell me you did it. I'll keep a tally.