For the second time, the Democrats in Georgia’a 4th Congressional District decided that they were tired of Cynthia McKinney’s stunts so they fired her.
Hank Johnson, the soft-spoken DeKalb County commissioner who forced U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney into a surprising runoff, finished the job Tuesday, decidedly defeating the 4th Congressional District lawmaker in their fierce rematch.
In a race that attracted national attention and a higher turnout than election officials expected at home, McKinney, a six-term Democrat and outspoken critic of the Bush administration, suffered her second defeat in four years. Before the day was out, the incumbent was complaining of voting irregularities, which election officials discounted.
Johnson, a 51-year-old lawyer and former magistrate judge, will face Republican Catherine Davis in the November general election in a DeKalb County district that is considered solidly in the Democratic corner. The district covers DeKalb and parts of Gwinnett and Rockdale counties.
Johnson’s message during brutal campaign simple: “Replace McKinney.” On Tuesday, Johnson found that a majority voters in the district had come to the same conclusion. He received nearly 59 percent of the votes.
“What we have done today is something that has been watched by the nation,” Johnson said. “It is clear, where most people have a low opinion of the work of our Congress, that they want to see things done differently.”
Johnson’s win over McKinney was decisive:
Johnson, Hank 41,178 58.82%
McKinney, Cynthia (i) 28,832 41.18%
I have a feeling the members of the Capitol Hill Police Force are breathing a collective sigh of relief that they will no longer have to deal with Rep. McKinney after this congressional session is over.
Update: Be sure to watch Michelle Malkin’s latest Vent, which is dedicated entirely to celebrating Rep. McKinney’s defeat.
Update II: I chuckled at this headline at Webcenter 11: “McKinney blames the media for her loss, voters say it was her.”
Update III: Sweetness and Light writes Cynthia McKinney Goes Out Swinging
Update IV: In typical fashion, McKinney brings her campaign to a bizarre end:
For the second time in three election cycles, McKinney was defeated in a Democratic primary in Georgia’s 4th District, this time by Hank Johnson, a former DeKalb County commissioner who thumped her 59 percent to 41 percent.
Despite her defeat, McKinney was unbowed, unleashing a stemwinder of a concession speech in which she barely mentioned her opponent but praised leftist leaders in Cuba and Venezuela, took aim at the efficacy of electronic voting machines and offered several swipes at the media.
“Members of the press, as well as our political leaders, don’t give us explanations that explain, or conclusions that conclude,” McKinney said. “There comes a time when people of conscience are compelled to dissent.”
Before she began her remarks, she played the song “Dear Mr. President,” an anti-Bush anthem by Pink, and sang along, somewhat out of tune, with its critical lyrics.
Update V: Hot Air has video of McKinney’s concession speech in which she claims the primary was stolen from her. I haven’t found the video of Cynthia McKinney’s musical stylings yet, but I’m still looking. Update to the update: Found it! Unfortunately, it’s not the best quality.
Update VII: Here’s video of McKinney bashing President Bush for things like the environment and education. Mind you, this is still from last night’s concession speech.