Too Little Too Late

6 04 2006

Well, Mizz McKinney, it’s about time you apologized, but this is a pathetic excuse for an apology.

From McKinney’s website:

Statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives

By Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney
April 6, 2006

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. Res. 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.

First, what colleagues? There is no one standing with you on this.

Second, “there should not have been any physical contact…” What you mean is, “That crazy white cop should never have laid a hand on this arm!”

Third, you are sorry he did not recognize you.

Finally, you regret its escalation? Yeah, it just took off…all on its own. Because everyone just assumed it must be a race issue.

Truth be told, fellow Democrats are gritting their teeth at you, Rep. McKinney, because you stole the show from Tom Delay resigning his post on Tuesday.

Dem’s thought they could nail Delay on covering up his resignation, but you and your racism case took center stage.

Thank you for shedding light on how truly desparate Democrats really are.

Expose the Left has the video of her apology attempt.

But its too little, too late. The grand jury proceedings have begun:

A grand jury has supoenaed two Capitol Hill aides who witnessed the March 29 confrontation between Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga.. and a Capitol Police officer.

Lisa Subrize, executive assistant to Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., and Troy Phillips, senior legislative assistant to Rep. Sam Farr, D- Calif., notified Speaker Dennis Hastert late Wednesday, as is customary under House procedure.

“After consultation with the Office of General Counsel, I have determined that compliance with the subpoena is consistent with the precedents and privileges of the House,” both aides said in statements that a clerk read into the House record. Bob Jackson, a spokesman for McCotter, said that Subrize witnessed the confrontation and immediately filled out a form for the Capitol Police, describing what she saw. He and a spokeswoman for Farr declined further comment.

Update 4:30 pm

Michelle Malkin reports that the AJC has more trouble for McKinney:

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.

Jim Hoft is correct in saying: “Is it any wonder that Republican Michael Steele is making inroads with black voters when Cynthia McKinney is a typical representative of the modern day black democrat?”

How about Ken Blackwell in Ohio too?

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