by Nick Juliano and Michael Roston
Published: Monday July 23, 2007
Anti-Iraq War activist Cindy Sheehan announced in Washington on Monday afternoon that she would challenge Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the 2008 Congressional election.”The Democrats will not hold this administration accountable so we have to hold them accountable and I for one will step up to the plate and run against Nancy Pelosi,” Sheehan told a cheering crowd on Capitol Hill.
Sheehan brought a petition calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to the office of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
According to Sheehan, Conyers said that there were not enough votes to impeach the President or Vice President, and so he did not intend to hold hearings on the impeachment resolution introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). The Ohio Democrat’s Articles target the Vice President.
A spokesperson for the Congressman would not confirm the details of the meeting with RAW STORY, but agreed that Rep. Conyers said the resolution would not advance.
The anti-war activist, who became prominent after initiating peace vigils near President Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch, then conducted a sit-in at Conyers’ congressional office, where she was later arrested by Capitol police.
Sheehan and a group of two to three hundred supporters marched to Capitol Hill from the Arlington National Cemetery. Sheehan is the mother of Casey Sheehan, an Army Specialist who was killed in the Iraq War.
While Sheehan has considerably greater national prominence, she is not the first progressive candidate to challenge Pelosi. In the 2006 Congressional election, Pelosi faced Green Party candidate Krissy Keefer, who received 8% of the vote in Pelosi’s San Francisco district. The Speaker received 80% of the vote.
Daily Kos diarist Bob Fertik offered further details of the Conyers-Sheehan exchange at this link.
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