U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan (L) stands next to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a meeting with World Social Forum Organizations in Caracas, Venezuela January 27, 2006. The sixth world forum, an event that began in Port Alegre in Brazil, has registered more than 67,000 participants and starts with a march against imperialism and war that will likely focus on U.S. President George W. Bush and the conflict in Iraq.
ASSociated Press: Peace activist Cindy Sheehan considers challenging Sen. Feinstein
American peace activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, said Saturday she is strongly considering running for office against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein because the California lawmaker will not support calls to immediately bring the troops home.
Sheehan, who was visiting Venezuela for the World Social Forum along with activists from around the world, said she has been thinking of challenging Feinstein for her seat for some time.
“I think this is so urgent and necessary that this is what I have to do,” Sheehan told The Associated Press in an interview, adding she would make a final decision on whether to run after talking it over with her three adult children in California in the coming days.
The Democratic primary will be held in June, and candidates must submit their statements by Feb. 14.
Sheehan, 48, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., accused Feinstein of being out-of-touch with Californians on Iraq.
“She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the funding. She won’t call for an immediate withdrawal of the troops,” said Sheehan, who gained international attention when she set up a protest camp near U.S. President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch last year.
“I think our senator needs to be held accountable for her support of George Bush and his war policies,” she added.
Come on Cindy…….how about the countless millions that Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, has made on the Iraq War.
And Cindy…….Senator Feinstein WILL SUPPORT the filibuster of Judge Samuel Alito.
But, Alito WILL be confirmed in any case.
Are you still going to challenge Senator Feinstein?
Bill Mundell are you warming up in the bullpen?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) greets U.S activist Cindy Sheehan as he arrives at the meeting with World Social Forum Organizations in Caracas, Venezuela January 27, 2006.