Neal Boortz' Fascination With Cynthia McKinney's Ass and Media Matters

Media Matters reports that conservative radio host Neal Boortz's lurid obsession with obsession with Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is continues.

On the June 20th broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Neal Boortz said, "As ... sure as I'm going to stick my foot in my mouth some time over the next couple of weeks, [Rep.] Cynthia McKinney [D-GA] will show her ass again." Dupree responded, "I'll move onto other things, before I hit Media Matters." Boortz then said: "That wasn't a very pleasant thought."

Boortz has previously referred to Rep. McKinney as a welfare drag queen and described the Georgia lawmaker as looking like a ghetto slut.

[Media Matters]

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