Friday, April 7, 2006

McKinney foe on Air Loaf

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2006 at 10:29 PM

By Ken Edelstein

Cynthia McKinney's Democratic primary opponent headlines this week's Air Loaf and, boy, we should have a lot to talk about. I think it'll be his first broadcast appearance since McKinney's alleged assault of a Capitol police officer.

Last week, I began the show by railing on McKinney. The phones immediately lit up with McKinney defenders. I just think she's a very ineffective representative, and this latest brouhaha involving her imperious behavior played into Republican hands by giving the mainstream media an easy way to

drive more significant (but less theatrical) GOP scandals off the front pages.

Anyway, DeKalb Commissioner Hank Johnson headlines the show in the first hour. He's a two-term county commissioner representing south and east DeKalb. It'll be interesting to see if he seems like he has the juice to truly challenge McKinney.

We're going to try to get McKinney on the show as well, but I'm not optimistic. She generally doesn't do interviews with local media.

Also on the show: Susan Booth, the outspoken director of the Alliance Theatre; and Christina Alvarez, the ACLU attorney who's representing South Asian convenience store owners who say they were discriminated against in a federal sting operation.

Listen in 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday on 1690 Air Atlanta. Call in your

comments at 404-633-1690.

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