McKinney Contemplating Run For Georgia US Senate Seat
(CNSNews.com) - Only days after losing the Democratic nomination for another term in the U.S. House, Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is already said to be considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2004.
If she did run for the Senate, McKinney would presumably challenge Democratic incumbent Zell Miller, who earlier this year called McKinney's comments about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks "loony."
McKinney last week lost the Democratic primary in Georgia's 4th District to state court judge Denise Majette. McKinney drew heavy support from the Muslim community, but could not overcome a determined Republican bid to oust her. Thousands of Republicans crossed over and voted for Majette in the Democratic primary, adding to Majette's considerable support from Jewish voters.
A statement on McKinney's website indicates that, "Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is going through all the letters and e-mails asking her to continue the struggle, to run again, to run for the U.S. Senate." The website promises that McKinney will soon announce her future plans.
McKinney drew criticism after she suggested the Bush administration ignored warnings about Sept. 11 in order for the president's big business friends to benefit from the war against terrorism.
She also said she would have accepted a $10 million check from a Saudi prince for the Sept. 11 victims. New York officials rejected that check after the prince suggested that U.S. policies toward the Middle East were partly to blame for the September attacks.
In 1992, McKinney became the first African-American woman from Georgia to be elected to the House. She had previously served two terms in the Georgia state legislature.
In her concession speech last week, McKinney said she is not leaving politics or the public arena completely.
"I have lost an election, but I maintain my spirit, my courage, my dignity and my commitment to the truth, to peace and to the future. There is still work to be done, God had a plan and God is not finished with me yet," she said.
But she also said she would finish her dissertation for her doctorate in international affairs and devote more time to her teenage son.
Her father, Georgia Democratic State Representative Billy McKinney, told an Atlanta television station, the reason his daughter lost her seat was because of "J-E-W-S."
The elder McKinney did not return phone calls on Monday seeking comment on a possible Senate race for his daughter.
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