In 2006, Hank Johnson launched an attack on Cynthia McKinney on WindsOfChange.net and begged for you to elect him. Here is the link to his blog – http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/008840.html from 2006.
Lets look at key points from his ABC, “Anyone But Cynthia,” Campaign Blog –
Cynthia has become a ready caricature and brought negative national attention to her district.
“My opponent’s record speaks for itself. Her history of controversy is well known. It suffices to say that she has brought a great deal of negative national attention to her district. The causes she ostensibly serves – justice, peace, and equality – are only discredited by her antics. For every conservative pundit and operative attacking progressives, she has become a ready caricature, useful for discrediting the liberal wing of the Democratic party. As a progressive trying to restore respect to the cause of progressivism, I have been deeply disheartened by all my opponent has done to make it less mainstream and less viable.”
Hank was correct, and now he himself has become a ready caricature and brought national negative attention to our district.
Cynthia is not a strong leader, is not a factor in local debate and refuses to debate Hank.
“She is not a factor in Congressional debate. She is not a factor in local debate, because she has until now refused to publicly engage in a discussion of the issues with me. Have you had enough?”
Hank has embarrassed our Congressional delegation with his odd embarrassing gaffs. He has not attended or sent a representative to community events addressing key issues facing our community that I have attended – DeKalb Focuss meetings, South River meetings, Chamber meetings, and Candidate Forums. Hank has also refused to publicly engage in a discussion with me, including this weeks debate at the NAACP.
Hank recognized the danger of growing debt, high gas prices and hard times.
“These are not easy times. We face challenges at home and abroad: a tragic and tiring war, an unpredictable and sometimes hostile world, a swiftly growing national debt, high gas prices, and unprecedented economic competition from abroad, to name but a few. But we are not helpless, and blind anger isn’t the answer. We are not merely swept along by the currents.”
Four years later-we are still at war, he voted to more than double the national debt, gas prices are higher and has done nothing to increase economic growth in the US.
Hank recognized the need to work together and not participate in party politics that impede progress.
“We can find solutions together. I believe the people of my district have had enough of the polarizing and divisive spirit that dominates Washington, impedes progress, and gives a bad name to politics.”
Hank voted 98% with party/Nancy Pelosi, ignored constituent requests and has impeded real progress in Washington.
It’s time to tell Rep Hank Johnson, in his words in 2006,
we’ve had enough.
District 4 deserves positive change, a leader who will do what is right – now what is easy. We need policies that create more “haves” and not more “have-nots” and national debt. We need inclusion and not division. We need Leadership with ideas, not a rubber stamp that followed in the footsteps of his predecessor.