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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Remember That Apology From McKinney?

Yes? You do? Good, because I want you to throw it out the window. It's worthless. Here's the entire "apology":

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I come before this body to personally express again my sincere regret about the encounter with the capitol hill police. I appreciate my colleagues who are standing with me, who love this institution, and who love this country. There should not have been any physical contact in this incident. I have always supported law enforcement and will be voting for H.R. 756, Expressing my gratitude and appreciation to the professionalism and dedication of the men and women of the u.S. Capitol police. I am sorry that this misunderstanding happened at all and i regret its escalation and i apologize. Thank you, mr. Speaker.

Now, a lot of people called this a non-Durbin apology. This, a throwback to last year when Dick Durbin didn't apologize for slandering our troops on the floor of the Senate by comparing them to the nastiest thugs of the 20th Century. He didn't apologize, and neither did she. She's trying to save her political ass because there is a backlash over this.

As Marcie covered in a brillaint explanation of the newest talking point of the Left, the people in Congress can be halted by the Capitol police. Once their identity is established, the officers must let them pass. This is the guaranteed privilege under Article I, Section 6 of the US Constitution. She wants to call it an apology, fine. Whatever floats her boat, but it isn't an apology, and now that the newest controversy has popped up, I doubt the people of Georgia are going to swallow that apology. What's quoted below lays at the bottom of a story about McKinney's apology:

But even as McKinney appeared to be trying to put the issue to rest, a bodyguard she hired – reportedly a former Georgia state trooper – was raising another furor when he threatened a television reporter trying to interview McKinney outside the Capitol just minutes before she appeared on the House floor.

When the reporter from Cox Broadcasting tried to ask McKinney about the grand jury, the bodyguard told him, "I'm going to put your ass in jail. I'm a police officer," a videotape of the incident shows.

Asked if he worked for Capitol police, the man said, "I work for Miss McKinney."

Word that McKinney had hired a bodyguard roiled the ranks of the Capitol police who were worried that the guard was carrying a weapon. They said they are concerned about what the bodyguard might do if Capitol police challenged McKinney at a security checkpoint.

And I can't blame the Capitol police. To my knowledge only Capitol police and Secret Service are allowed to have firearms within the Congressional building. So, if he is armed, his firearm would have to be turned over upon entry, and returned upon exit. In other words, he can't walk around the Congress building armed. This incident with the reporter shouldn't be accepted by the House. It is reprehensible behavior from a public official. We know that this woman has had her share of run-ins with Capitol police, and she has always played the race card. I'm sure when the Capitol police do ask for his weapon, that will be the card she slaps on them again.

I would urge the House move towards a censure of McKinney. Her behavior is beyond the pale, and the apology was so half-hearted I could hear Voinovich sniffling in the background. She isn't one bit sorry for the run-in with the cops. She's sorry that it's garnered far too much attention for her, and it's all the unwanted sort. She isn't running unopposed.

Hank Johnson is the current Dekalb County Commissioner, and he's gunning for her seat. He's a former defense attorney, and was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to deal with charges against lawyers for ethics violations. He has a solid record as an upstanding member of the community that doesn't bring the embarrassment that Cynthia McKinney does. And based on my assessment, he could probably do a much better job of representing the Fourth Congressional District that McKinney could. But, that's my address specifically to the people of Georgia. There is an alternative.

But her behavior can't be excused any longer. She should still face charges of assault. (The very essence of "breach of peace, as Marcie pointed out this morning.) She should also face censure for the same behavior; stern enough to remind her that this marks the fifth time she has had a run-in with Capitol police, and her behavior never changes. To her, it's always about race. I'm beginning to wonder how she can continue to live and work with that chip on her shoulder still heavily in play in her mind.

Publius II


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