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Wednesday, June 15, 2005Cynthia McKinney talks Grassroots Politics
This is one of my all time favorite politician
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney made history in 1992 when she became the first Black woman to serve in the House of Representatives from the State of Georgia. She has earned a reputation as a strong and principled fighter for human rights and has helped to pass critical legislation that supported the rights of the people over corporate and political interest. In 2002, she came under fire for being one of the first Members of Congress to demand a thorough investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. An estimated 40,000 Republicans used an unethical practice called “crossover voting” to vote in the Democratic Primary to oust her. In 2004, she ran for re-election and the people of the 4th District responded with overwhelming support and put her back in office.
Jesse Muhammad (JM): Why do you think you face so much opposition in the halls of Congress?
Cynthia McKinney (CM): My positions are pure and this makes others uncomfortable. If there are those who have been, and who are, compromising here and there, then there is going to be a contrast. They do not want the people to see those who do not care about the powers-that-be.