Cindy Sheehan officially announces candidacy for Nancy Pelosi’s Congressional seat

Posted by: ST on August 10, 2007 at 10:28 am

She’s running as an “independent”:

Citing her son as inspiration, a tearful Cindy Sheehan announced her candidacy Thursday for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The anti-war activist is running as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has represented San Francisco in Congress since 1987.

“The country is ripe for a change,” said Sheehan, who spoke at a podium with her son’s photograph attached to it. “It’s going to start right here and right now.”

Sheehan’s 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in 2004. Since then, she has gained international notoriety by setting up camp outside President Bush’s Texas ranch and demanding to meet with the president.

Last month, she announced her intention to run against Pelosi if the speaker didn’t move to impeach Bush by July 23. On Thursday, she said Pelosi had “protected the status quo” of the corporate elite and had lost touch with people in her district, most of whom, she said, want American troops out of Iraq.

Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for Pelosi, said the speaker has always opposed the war in Iraq and has focused on bringing troops home “safely and soon.”

He would not comment on Sheehan’s candidacy.

Sheehan admitted she has no funds for a campaign, but planned to immediately get started raising money. Without giving further specifics, Sheehan said she wouldn’t accept money from corporations and would run on a platform of universal health care. Sheehan said she also wants to make college affordable and improve ethics in the legislative and executive branches.

Captain Ed comments:

Strange events occur in politics, but it seems highly unlikely that Sheehan will prove to be anything more than a gadfly to Pelosi in the 2008 race. Even with the support of Daniel Ellsberg, who accompanied Sheehan yesterday, San Francisco voters are not likely to toss away Pelosi’s powerful leadership position to support someone who plays kissy-face with Hugo Chavez. Frisco has its nuts, but they’re not that crazy. [Note: I wouldn't be so sure about that, Ed! ;) --ST]

On the off chance that they are, though, the Democrats will have to spend a little more money in the Bay area to protect Pelosi. That certainly helps Republicans in other parts of California. Sheehan may wind up assisting the GOP in some small way to push harder in the few contestable Congressional districts in the Golden State, a rather ironic twist on Sheehan’s effort.

Like Ed, I don’t think Cindy will come even remotely close to defeating Pelosi – but all the same, it’d be interesting to watch the race in the unlikely event that it becomes competitive, as Pelosi would have to somehow prove that her anti-war credentials are stronger than Mother Sheehan’s, which possibly could be a hard sell, considering that Sheehan has the Absolute Moral Authority Card on her side.

Stay tuned.

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    1. David L says:

      Mrs. Sheehan’s son died in service to his country fighting in Iraq. As a veteran, I am offended that Mrs. Sheehan would exploit the death of Specialist Sheehan. Specialist Sheehan died defending freedom. Mrs. Sheehan loathes freedom and adores dictators.

    2. Kevin says:

      Pelosi vs Sheehan? Tough choice! One would screw America to get her party more power, and one’s an idiot.

    3. Steve Skubinna says:

      Which is which, Kevin?

    4. Red Ryder says:

      This will be fun to watch, and if Sheehan wins, it just means that another moron will become Speaker to replace Pelosi (whether from Team R or Team D).

      I know a few people who are 6th generation San Franciscans, and, as you can imagine, they are livid about what has happened to their city.

    5. Jack Deth says:

      Cool! \:d/

      Catfight between two America loathing, anti-military, Socialist moms!:d

      My money’s on Nancy, since continued exposure to Cindy’s whiny drone has been known to cause moronic, spastic drooling and mass suicides. b-)

      I’ll get the popcorn! =))

      Jack.

    6. PCD says:

      4.

      Jack, how you been? Long time, no rip on the Libs.

    7. Severian says:

      Hey Jack! Good to see you again. The lib trancers are getting out of hand ain’t they?

      If Jihad Cindy thinks that Nancy won’t go ugly on her she’s in for a rude awakening. What Nancy will do to her will make Mack the Knife look like a choir boy.

    8. PCD says:

      7, Sev, that is a good description of Mama Moonbat, a Trancer.

      Jack, you have work to do.

    9. Tango says:

      It will be interesting to see who ole Cindy gets her campaign cash from. $-)

    10. Great White Rat says:

      Mrs. Sheehan’s son died in service to his country fighting in Iraq. As a veteran, I am offended that Mrs. Sheehan would exploit the death of Specialist Sheehan.

      Well said, David. That was my first reaction to this story as well…complete revulsion that she would dishonor her son’s sacrifice by using him as a campaign prop while trying to sabotage everything he gave his life to defend.

      Sheehan said she wouldn’t accept money from corporations and would run on a platform of universal health care. Sheehan said she also wants to make college affordable and improve ethics in the legislative and executive branches.

      That, and getting US troops out of occupied New Orleans. Don’t forget that.

      The fact that this hate-mongering self-absorbed lunatic would get any kind of support, even in San Francisco, boggles the mind.

    11. Leslie says:

      The only thing suspenseful about this race will be whether Sheehan attracts more votes than the GOP sacrificial lamb–if they even bother to run one.

    12. Steve Skubinna says:

      Actually, Leslie, were I a resident of SF I’d be vigorously lobbying my fellow Republicans to vote for Sheehan. After all, there isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell that anyone with an “R” after his name will be elected, and the winner is going to be either squishy left or hard left anyway.

      Seriously, if you can’t get your own candidates elected, try kneecapping the opposition. Yeah, pretty darn eeeeee-vil, huh?

    13. Jack Deth says:

      Hey, PCD and Sev:

      Been busy lately protectin’ democracy.

      Sorry for the lack of a Lib Rip. Was just getting out the door to go to work.

      I’m on trackin’ the Trancers. Kinda hard to get close enough to tag ‘em. :-w

      Jack.

    14. arcman says:

      Hey Steve, I like the way you think.:d