Cynthia McKinney is coming

mckinney.jpgFormer U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., will be in the Bay Area for the next few days as she mulls whether to run for president on the Green Party ticket.

Supporters say the ex-lawmaker — perhaps best known for questioning whether the Bush Administration had foreknowledge of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; her staunch anti-war and pro-human rights stances; her criticism of Israeli policy; her March 2006 dust-up with Capitol Police; and her filing of articles of impeachment against President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — is expected to make public her final decision about the election sometime this week. Some Greens had tried to draft her into the race in 2000 and 2004.

She’s kicking it all off at a lunch reception with the Green Party of Santa Clara County at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vaso Azzurro restaurant, 108 Castro St. in Mountain View.

Then McKinney will deliver a talk entitled “Confronting Empire,” which according to her supporters‘ news release “covers the arrogance of the Bush regime, spinelessness of the Democratic Congress, plight of the under-represented and abused, corporate takeover of our military and our government and what Americans can do about it.” That’s at 9 p.m. Thursday in the Oakland Public Library branch at 1801 Adeline St.

On Friday she’ll be at a screening of the documentary “American Blackout” at 6 p.m. in the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, at 1924 Cedar St.. The organizers are asking for donations of $10-$30 for admission to this.

Later Friday, she’ll be hosted from 10 p.m. to midnight by Bay Area CodePINK in the back room of the El Rio bar, 3158 Mission St. in San Francisco.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, she’ll be at a rally at the campaign headquarters of mayoral candidate Ahimsa Sumchai, 4919B 3rd St. in San Francisco. From 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, she’ll be at the home of Vicki Leidner and John Radogno, 770 Shotwell St. in San Francisco, to meet with local Greens and other progressives to discuss issues, strategize, and fundraise for her presidential campaign.

(Gosh, sounds like she’s pretty much decided to run, doesn’t it? So much for suspense. And presidential fundraising is one thing, but her old Congressional campaign Web site indicates she’s still about $6,000 in debt from 2006.)

Anyway, she’ll wrap up the Bay Area blitz by joining with Cindy Sheehan and hundreds more for “Beach Impeach 4” at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Berkeley Marina.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.