Potential 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Representative from Georgia
Cynthia Ann McKinney
Born: March 17th, 1955 (age 58)
Cynthia McKinney lost her bid to contest for a seventh term in Congress in 2006 after she was defeated in the Democratic primary by attorney Hank Johnson. She attributed her defeat to the Republican protest votes in the state’s open primary, a direct result of her often controversial criticisms against the administration of former president George W. Bush.
She joined the Green Party in 2007 after expressing her disillusionment with the Democratic Party leadership. The following year, Rep. McKinney won the Green Party’s nomination for president and subsequently obtained ballot access in 32 states for the presidential election. In the election proper, Rep. McKinney finished sixth, with a 0.12% share of the votes.