Cindy Sheehan threatens run against Pelosi

Cindy Sheehan, the slain soldier’s mother whose attacks on President Bush made her a darling of the anti-war movement, has a new target: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Sheehan, who announced in late May that she was departing the peace movement, said she decided to run against Pelosi unless the congresswoman moves to oust Bush in the next two weeks.

“I think all politicians should be held accountable,” Sheehan told The Associated Press on Sunday. “Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership. We hired them to bring an end to the war.”

Sheehan said she will run as an independent against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008 if Pelosi does not file articles of impeachment against Bush by July 23. That’s when Sheehan and her supporters are to arrive in Washington, D.C., after a 13-day caravan and walking tour starting from the group’s war protest site near Bush’s Crawford ranch.

Although Sheehan has never held public office, she said she already has the name recognition and would not have to run against Pelosi in a primary.

“I would give her a run for her money,” Sheehan said.

Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said the congresswoman has said repeatedly her focus is on ending the war in Iraq.

“She believes that the best way to support our troops in Iraq is to bring them home safely and soon,” Daly said in an e-mail to the AP. “July will be a month of action in Congress to end the war, including a vote to redeploy our troops by next spring.”

Sheehan, who turns 50 on Tuesday, said Bush should be impeached because she believes he misled the public about the reasons for going to war, violated the Geneva Convention by torturing detainees and crossed the line by commuting the prison sentence of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. She said other grounds for impeachment are the domestic spying program and the “inadequate and tragic” response to Hurricane Katrina.

The White House declined to comment Sunday.

Sheehan said she hopes Pelosi files the articles of impeachment. But if not, Sheehan said she is ready to run for office.

Sheehan plans her official candidacy announcement Tuesday. She was in Crawford over the weekend to ceremoniously give the keys of the 5-acre protest site near Bush’s ranch to its new owner, California radio talk show host Bree Walker.

“I’m doing it to encourage other people to run against Congress members who aren’t doing their jobs, who are beholden to special interests,” Sheehan said.

Sheehan first came to Crawford in August 2005 during Bush’s vacation, demanding to talk to him about the war that claimed her son Casey’s life in 2004.

She became the face of the anti-war movement during her 26-day roadside vigil that drew thousands of demonstrators. But it also drew counter protests of Bush supporters, many who said she was hurting troop morale.

Sheehan recently said she was leaving the Democratic Party because it “caved” into the president. Last week, she announced her caravan to Washington, which she calls the “people’s accountability movement.”

Sheehan said she lives in a Sacramento suburb but declined to disclose which city, citing safety reasons. The area is outside Pelosi’s district, but there are no residency requirements for congressional members, according to the California secretary of state’s office.


  1. Jenifer D.

    Cindy talks a good game, but, does she realize what she’s attempting? To take the weight of the world on her shoulders! Yes, she has a lot of heart, but, I remember her threats to take on Barbara Boxer last year, then she withdrew. At the very least, Cindy needs a stylist, she looks like hell.

    It takes a lot of courage to say no to the temptation that will no doubt be dangled in front of Cindy by the media; at the very least, she’s a media-monger. Before too long, she’ll get sucked into that vortex of deceit.

    I really don’t think Cindy has the street smarts to pull this off. She needs some experienced guidance, and who’s going to give it to her? I mnean without demanding some astronomical salary?

  2. Wayne K Dolik

    I never understood why Speaker Pelosi took Impeachment off of the table. It was never the Speakers right to say or do that. You see, Impeachment is solely and wholly owned by 435 members of the United States House of Representatives; period! It is all 435 Representatives that speak for us Citizens in our “People’s House”. Therefore, Pelosi has no right to preside over that decision, what so ever.

    A simple majority voting aye moves the matter into the Senate. Next the Senate would need a 2/3 majority to confirm it.

    Cindy I wish you good luck. You will need to raise a ton of money from the grass roots voters to go against a standing Speaker. Speakers have been defeated in our history in the U.S. House. Hit the ground running Cindy.

  3. hank-the-nite-watchman

    I would support Cindy’s run against Pelosi if Cindy were to join Dennis Kucinich in calling for Darth Vader Cheney’s impeachment first prior to going after the Puppet Chimp. Anyone with his ear close to the political ground must conclude that the Senate would not vote for Junior’s conviction for two reasons: 1) Slavish loyalty to the boy resident of the Oval Office, and 2) not even the wild-eyed repuke folks in the Senate would want to have such an evil character as the Chain-Man slip on the all-powerful mantle of the presidency. The latter would surely bring about a fait accompli for nuking Iran, collapsing the oil cartel house of cards to come crashing down around our ears, and leading to an assured martial law society by inauguration day in 2009.


  4. Wayne K Dolik


    You can bank on Cindy backing Darth-Vader’s Impeachment.

  5. Kim Scipes

    I hope Cindy runs–and I think she has a 50-50 chance to defeat Pelosi if she does, despite Pelosi’s money, which she’ll be able to raise by the boatloads.

    Pelosi’s district is actually very compact, based in San Francisco. Should Cindy get activist support–and all indications are that she will–she could flood the district with volunteers. Additionally, there is a weekly newspaper, the Bay Guardian, that more-than-likely will support Cindy, and KPFA radio will support her as well. Thus, she has the benefit of a compact area, volunteers, radio and newspaper coverage, and all of this in an area which has consistently been ahead of the country in opposing the war.

    Additionally, while Pelosi is (supposedly) “for the people,” she is not OF the people. If memory serves, she lives in a nice house on Pacific Heights, which is among the richer areas of The City.

    Cindy will get some money from supporters in the Bay Area, as well as around the country. Plus the novelty of two women going against one another–and particularly these two women–will have the mainstream media providing considerable coverage of the fight, meaning there will be a need for less money than without this.

    Additionally, the SF Labor Council is strong, and one of the most progressive in the country–endorsement of Cindy is not impossible, althoough it will be difficult to get. Should activists get Labor Council support for Cindy, this will give her added strength.

    In short, Cindy would be a VERY SERIOUS challenger to Pelosi, and really has a serious chance to win.

    Plus, many people are sickened by the ineptitude of the Dems, and the chance they could vote for a real person–and Cindy is very real–this might also add to Cindy’s chances.

    When Cindy spoke to a packed auditorium at Indiana University Northwest in Gary in April, I came out thinking, “The Democrats have a Cindy Sheehan problem.”

    The Dems can either impeach W and his evil sidekick, or they can risk a massive defeat. My guess is that they will risk Cindy–and I think that could be a really stupid decision. Even if she doesn’t win, a serious campaign against Pelosi could really hurt the Dems.

    It will be fun to watch.

    Kim Scipes,

  6. gathaiga

    Good post Kim. But I suspect mainstream media focus on a race between Cindy and Pelosi would have a negative slant against Cindy. Why? Because Cindy represents what could happen should our somnolent population ever wake up and this scares this Repugnican mob and their corporate cronies ____less.

  7. SEAL

    I see no way we could impeach one without the other. I think Pelosi knows that. It would make her president. Perhaps that is why she says no.


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