McKinney Case Going to Grand Jury
If nothing else, it’s going to be colorful (no pun intended, although this case is going to be rife with opportunities for double entendre):
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who on Tuesday abandoned his re-election bid under a cloud of ethics charges, weighed in on Wednesday, saying McKinney, who is black, “is a racist.” The officer she allegedly struck is white. “She has a long history of racism,” DeLay, R-Texas, said on Fox News Channel. “Everything is racism with her. This is incredible arrogance that sometimes hits these members of Congress, but especially Cynthia McKinney.”
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said McKinney turned the officer’s failure to recognize her into a criminal matter when she failed to stop at his request, and then struck him. “He reached out and grabbed her and she turned around and hit him,” Gainer said on CNN. “Even the high and the haughty should be able to stop and say, ‘I’m a congressman’ and then everybody moves on.”
McKinney wasn’t backing down. She charged anew that racism is behind what she said is a pattern of difficulty in clearing Hill security checkpoints. “This has become much ado about hairdo,” she said Wednesday on CBS’ “The Early Show.” McKinney recently dropped her trademark cornrows in favor of a curly brown afro.
Any similarity to Buckwheat is purely coincidental.
Republicans, meanwhile, presented a resolution commending Capitol police for professionalism toward members of Congress and visitors, even though they “endure physical and verbal assaults in some extreme cases.” “I don’t think it’s fair to attack the Capitol Police and I think it’s time that we show our support for them,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., a sponsor of the measure.
Ah, the sweet opportunism of politics.