The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, now seeking the presidential nomination of the Green Party, was campaigning in Washington Tuesday and told our colleague Scott MacFarlane of Cox Broadcasting that she’s working to get her name on Georgia’s 2008 presidential ballot.
McKinney, a former Democrat, lost her bid for a seventh congressional term in 2006 after she got into an altercation with a Capitol police officer. She left Georgia shortly after that, bound for California.
Still, there were those in Dekalb County who wondered – Hoped? Feared? – if she’d return to Georgia to challenge the man who took her seat, Rep. Hank Johnson. But McKinney now says that’s not going to happen.
“There are a lot of people in the state of Georgia who’d like to see me go back to Congress,” McKinney said. “But what I’m learning is that there are a lot of people in New York, Massachusetts, California, and Wisconsin who’d like to see me do this job first.”
The Green Party needs 40,000 petition signatures to get its nominee on Georgia’s ballot. So far, it has fewer than 3,000.