Despite a landslide loss in Tuesday night's primary runoff against Hank Johnson, the controversy just keeps coming out of the Cynthia McKinney campaign.
First there was a scuffle between McKinney's bodyguards and an 11Alive news photographer, then there were remarks made to a cable network news crew, in which members of McKinney's entourage allegedly made shocking anti-Semitic remarks.
The Anti-Defamation League says they want to hear from McKinney and they want her to disavow the anti-Semitic remarks reported by the network crew, remarks that recall the scandal that cost her the election in 2002.
“We’re seeing some Cynthia McKinney supporters are resorting to anti-Semitic and racist language and again blaming the Jews for her loss in this campaign,” said ADL southeast Associate Director Shelley Rose.
The remarks were allegedly made just moments after McKinney's entourage passed out of earshot of 11Alive cameras, as the congresswoman left her campaign headquarters on Tuesday night.
Someone reportedly said quote, “You wanna know what led to the loss? Israel. The Zionists. You. Put on your yarmulke and celebrate."
Rose said, "We're really astonished that in 2006, anti-Semitism once again rears its ugly head.”
The ADL lists the New Black Panther Party as a hate group, and questioned their affiliation with the McKinney campaign as well.
“We're really concerned that she continues to include the New Black Panther Party in her entourage, because we see them as one of the largest anti-Semitic and racist black hate groups in America today,” said Rose.
During the final days of the campaign, one face continued to show up in photographers’ lenses – McKinney’s personal bodyguard, Steve Muhammad.
On one occasion, Muhammad said, "Right now it's personal -- she's having personal conversation can't you understand that."
And on Tuesday afternoon, during an altercation with an 11Alive photojournalist, Muhammad said, “That’s right, and I'm going to touch you again if you do that again.”
Muhammad is no stranger to the cameras. A grandmaster in Kenpo-style karate, he's a contemporary of Bruce Lee, and even had a role in his movie "Enter The Dragon," playing Jim Kelly's karate teacher.
On Tuesday night, however, in a dust-up still being investigated by DeKalb County police, Muhammad ended up with stitches.
11Alive News tried repeatedly throughout the course of the day on Wednesday to get someone from the McKinney campaign or her congressional office to comment on the matter without success.
First, I want to say that I despise anyone who makes anti-semetic remarks and who blames other people for their mistakes.
Second, I just want to point out how no one is crying foul over Mel Gibson, but everyone is tripping out over words that McKinney didn't even SAY HERSELF. While I agree that the words were awful, I totally disagree with them blaming her for his statements.
Third, they put his karate skills up there like that has shit to do with the issues. I really dislike this.
I was watching the O'Reilly Factor (yes, please shoot me) and this came on, and O'Reilly was asking is McKinney was "anti-white" and "anti-semetic". They had one of her former black employees on there like he was going to do a turncoat.
He laid it to them straight:
"Why would you blame Cynthia McKinney for what one of her people said when you refuse to blame George W. Bush for Abu Graib?"
What do you guys think??