>Will you vote for Cynthia McKinney?

>Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney was named the Green Party’s nominee for the presidential ticket.

Rep. McKinney served as a Democratic Congresswoman for five terms for an Atlanta suburb. She lost a primary challenge in 2002 after suggesting on a radio station that the Bush administration profited from the 9/11 attacks. She ran again in 2004 and won, but was ousted in 2006 after an altercation with Capitol Hill police officers who questioned her because they did not recognize her at a security checkpoint.

Rep. McKinney has been a lightning rod among right-wing conservatives. Radio host Neil Boortz referred to her as a “ghetto slut” and looked like a “welfare drag queen.”

An excerpt from the “ghetto slut” criticism:

From the March 31 broadcast of Cox Radio Syndication’s The Neal Boortz Show, with producer Belinda Skelton and talk radio host Royal Marshall:

BOORTZ: For instance, or for goodness sakes, jump in and I’m gonna say — I’m gonna start out with something controversial. I saw Cynthia McKinney’s new hair-do. Have you seen it, Belinda?


BOORTZ: She looks like a ghetto slut.

SKELTON: Well, how is it?

BOORTZ: It’s just — it’s hideous.

SKELTON: Is it braided? Or —

BOORTZ: No, it’s not braided. It just flies away from her head in every conceivable direction. It looks like an explosion in a Brillo pad factory. It’s just hideous. To me, that hairstyle just shows contempt for — no, it’s not an Afro. I mean, no, it just shows contempt for the position that she holds and the body that she serves in. And, I’m sorry, there’s just no other way to — it’s just a hideous and horrible looking —

MARSHALL: Her hairstyle?

BOORTZ: Yeah, the hairstyle. It just, it looks like an explosion. Have you seen it?

An excerpt from the “welfare drag queen” comments:

From the March 31 broadcast of Cox Radio Syndication’s The Neal Boortz Show:

BOORTZ: OK. Now, I’m going to repeat something that I said a little bit earlier. I’ve been enduring jokes about my lack of hair for years, so I am absolutely privileged and entitled. This is not white privilege, this is bald privilege. I am privileged and entitled to say anything I want about anybody else’s hairdo.

I saw Cynthia McKinney’s hairdo yesterday — saw it on TV. I don’t blame that cop for stopping her. It looked like a welfare drag queen was trying to sneak into the Longworth House Office Building. That hairdo is ghetto trash. I don’t blame them for stopping her. Now, let’s see if Media Matters will pick up on that one. “Boortz calls McKinney welfare drag queen.” [laughs] So, well, that’s why I do things like that, just to give them something to write about.

I must admit, I’ve always admired Rep. McKinney. While she was controversial, I admired how she dealt with the criticisms and the abusive, sexist, racist comments made towards her. I’m surprised that the Green Party would even nominate her as their presidential candidate. I wonder how other Green Party reps feel about their party’s decision.

Would you support Rep. McKinney? Why or why not?