Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Skinny On McKinney

Can it get any worse? Ms. Vanity McKinney, bowing to the general consensus that she screwed up royally has made an apology. (Not that it matters much...)
"I come here before this body to personally express again my sincere regret about the encounter with the Capitol Hill Police. ... There should not have been any physical contact in this incident," McKinney said after being recognized by the speaker pro tempore.

"I am sorry that this misunderstanding happened at all, and I regret this escalation, and I apologize," McKinney said to applause. McKinney also said she would support a House resolution introduced by Republicans to express appreciation for the work done by Capitol Police.

The "regrets" and "sorrys" may have had something to do with the fact that 21 African-American members of Congress met with McKinney and asked her to back down from the fight so as not to interfere with the Democratic message that they say has been gaining traction of late.
And that message would be??? Oh yeah, that the Republicans have screwed up on SECURITY issues and the Democrats are the ones to come up with a grand plan to help salvage things. Yes, her antics would caste a doubt in most Americans minds as to the extent that all persons located within this border should be affected by the law (or if some should automatically be exempted for their status - take the child soliciting Homeland Security Deputy Press Aide for instance). She could very well have sent out the wrong message...

Unfortunately, Ms. Vanity may have apologized without really helping her case in the least.
A private security guard in McKinney's entourage got into a shoving match with Scott McFarlane, a reporter from WSB-TV in Atlanta, McKinney's hometown. The security guard threatened to throw the reporter's "a-- in jail."

In the incident, McFarlane tried to ask McKinney, as she was ascending the East Front Steps of the Capitol, if she had spoken to a grand jury when the guard and the reporter started elbowing each other. A grand jury is deciding whether to press charges against McKinney for an altercation with a Capitol Police officer last Wednesday.

"I'm going to put your a-- in jail next time you push me," said the retired Georgia State patrolman, who was about six inches shorter than the lithe reporter.

"Sir, do you work for the Capitol Police?" asked McFarlane, to which the guard replied no.

"Who are you a police officer with, sir?" McFarlane asked as McKinney, the guard and an aide quickly climbed the steps.

Capitol Police told FOX News they are irritated to learn that McKinney was using private security on the Capitol grounds. A spokesperson for COX Television, which owns WSB-TV, said the company is uncertain whether its wants to press charges. A Capitol Police spokeswoman said the police force won't investigate unless and until a complaint is filed.
Hmm, sounds like the McKinney entourage are a scrappy lot, doesn't it? Without a doubt, Ms. Vanity and her crew need to be sent to etiquette school. (I wonder if she came off the floor, realized what happened, and slapped her personal police officer???).

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posted by Is It Just Me? at 4:35 PM