Updated With Video
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., expressed “sincere regret” Thursday for her altercation with a Capitol police officer, and offered an apology to the House.
“There should not have been any physical contact in this incident,” McKinney said in brief remarks on the House floor. “I am sorry that this misunderstanding happened at all and I regret its escalation and I apologize.”
When she says there “should not have been any physical contact,” which physical contact is she referring to? The physical contact the officer made when he stopped her or Rep. McKinney’s when she hit the officer? We don’t know.
Update: A bodyguard she just hired threatened a journalist:
But even as McKinney appeared to be trying to put the issue to rest, a bodyguard she hired – reportedly a former Georgia state trooper – was raising another furor when he threatened a television reporter trying to interview McKinney outside the Capitol just minutes before she appeared on the House floor
When the reporter from Cox Broadcasting tried to ask McKinney about the grand jury, the bodyguard told him, “I’m going to put your ass in jail. I’m a police officer,” a videotape of the incident shows.
Asked if he worked for Capitol police, the man said, “I work for Miss McKinney.”
Word that McKinney had hired a bodyguard roiled the ranks of the Capitol police who were worried that the guard was carrying a weapon. They said they are concerned about what the bodyguard might do if Capitol police challenged McKinney at a security checkpoint.
See the video of the threat here.
Who does Rep. McKinney think she needs to be protected from? Did she actually get this body guard in response to the Capitol Police officer stopping her when she breezed by the security checkpoint? Her apology, as vague as it was, probably would have settled things down a bit. But this stunt makes this situation even weirder.