- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 29, 2002

In an election-eve television interview, Rep. Cynthia McKinney's father, Georgia state Rep. Billy McKinney, was asked why his daughter was in a tough race. In a word, Mr. McKinney replied: "J-E-W-S." After Miss McKinney got trounced, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, hinted to The Washington Post that Jewish machinations were to blame for her colleague's defeat last Tuesday. The Rev. Jesse Jackson suggested that supporters of Israel may have had a racial motive for contributing money to liberal-leaning black Democrats who defeated Miss McKinney and fellow Rep. Earl Hilliard of Alabama. One reality is that Miss McKinney and Mr. Hilliard made common cause with radical Arab elements hostile to the United States and Israel.

For example, Miss McKinney has received campaign contributions from American Muslim Council founder Abdurahman Alamoudi, a defender of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. She sent an apologetic letter to a Saudi prince after then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani returned a $10 million September 11 relief contribution from Saudi Arabia. Also, Miss McKinney infuriated many Georgia Democrats by suggesting that President Bush might have known of the attacks in advance but did nothing to prevent them.

As for Mr. Hilliard, he took a 1997 trip to Libya that was reportedly funded by an Arab businessman looking to expand his dealings with dictator Muammar Qaddafi. He opposed extending sanctions against rogue regimes in Iran and Libya, and his supporters disseminated fliers suggesting that Mr. Hilliard's primary foe, Artur Davis, was taking his political cues from New York Jews.

Here's another reality: Contrary to Mrs. Johnson's complaints, both incumbents raised a higher percentage of their money out of state than the challengers who beat them. Miss McKinney raised 22 percent of her money in-state, while Denise Majette took in 97 percent of her dough from Georgians. A study showed that more than 86 percent of Mr. Hilliard's donations came from out-of state sources, as compared to 77.4 percent for Mr. Davis.

In short, the McKinney and Hilliard defeats are explained by the fringe political positions taken by the incumbents.

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