Tuesday, April 04, 2006

McKinney Update

Much to my surprise and much to the credit of the Capitol Police I heard over the weekend, like everyone else, that the agency is seeking an arrest warrant for Democrat representative Cynthia McKinney. What is not so surprising is McKinney has pulled the race card.

According to McKinney it is racial profiling that causes her confrontations with the Capitol Police and not her own arrogance. Before her allegations of racial profiling her excuse was that she had a committee meeting to attend at nine and that she did not arrive at the building until three minutes prior to nine and she was in a hurry and did not want to be late. Well Ms. McKinney if you did not want to be late you should have gotten up earlier. And here is another tip for you. If you do not want to be stopped by the Capitol Police for walking around a metal detector WEAR YOUR FREAKIN' PIN! It is reported that McKinney rarely wears the pin that is given to House members so they are easily recognized by Officers as the members walk around the metal detectors.

It is unclear why McKinney does not wear the pin. Perhaps it is ugly and unfashionable. Maybe in some way it is uncomfortable. I guess there could be many reasons why she declines to wear the pin and just maybe one of those reasons is that she was hoping for just such a confrontation to take place. Let's face it Ms. McKinney has not received this much free publicity since she claimed Bush knew about 9/11 prior to it happening. Who knows? In any case there is just one simple question that needs to be asked, the wearing of the pin notwithstanding. What is so difficult about stopping for a U.S. Capitol Police officer and showing your identification?

I still have serious doubts as to whether or not the U.S. Attorney will actually issue an arrest warrant but we soon shall see. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) did introduce a resolution today which is co-sponsered by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), praising the U.S. Capitol Police. The resolution does not mention McKinney, the resolution "would commend the Capitol Police for their professionalism and recognize the challenge of protecting the vast Capitol campus from terrorism and other threats while keeping it open to tourists."

It also seems that McKinney is getting very little support from any of her colleagues. In fact, according to the AP article, her lawyer claimed that several House members would join her at a press conference at Howard University. Apparently nobody received the memo because no other Representatives were in attendance. Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) who is the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, apparently is not buying the racial profiling theory as of yet anyway. When asked about the situation he just simply replied no comment.

Kudos to the U.S. Capitol Police for having the fortitude to effectively support the actions of their officer by seeking an arrest warrant.

Linked at All Things Conservative

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