McKinney refuses to answer reporter questions at Augusta conference

August 15, 2006

The two-day conference in Augusta sponsored by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network was congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's first public appearance since her defeat a week ago in the run-off election for a seventh term in Congress.

She blamed her defeat on the media and problems with the electronic voting machines.

During a question and answer period at the conference, a reporter from the Associated Press stepped to the microphone to ask a question.

"Will the press leave the microphone and let the people ask their questions?" McKinney said.

The reporter responded, "Representative McKinney, we are people too, and we are also voters."

McKinney refused to answer questions after her speech.

A representative from McKinney's camp said she would accept written questions from reporters who had credentials.