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Cindy Sheehan Still Hasn’t Gotten On Ballot

From her fans at the San Francisco Chronicle:

Anti-war Cindy Sheehan files to take on Pelosi

John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan wants to snatch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat from her in November, but first she’s going to need the help – and signatures – of 10,198 friends and supporters.

Sheehan was at San Francisco City Hall on Friday to take out papers for her independent run for Congress, but without those signatures from voters in the district, her name won’t show up on the ballot.

“It’s an uphill battle,” said Sheehan, who vowed to run against Pelosi in July after the speaker refused to start impeachment proceedings against President George Bush. “But I’m excited about the signature-gathering process. It’s going to be an opportunity to talk to people about our campaign.” …

To get the signatures, equal to 3 percent of the district voters registered for the 2006 general election, the campaign will have people setting up ironing boards and card tables on street corners throughout the city, seeking voters who want an alternative to Pelosi. Sheehan has until Aug. 8 to collect the needed signatures…

The speaker will get an early look at the unhappiness of the city’s progressives, because she’s being challenged by local activist Shirley Golub in the June 3 Democratic primary

Despite the upbeat talk, Sheehan and Golub, along with Republican Dana Walsh and Libertarian Philip Berg in November, are the longest of longshots to give Pelosi even a moment’s worry on election day. In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans 56 percent to 10 percent and a state where incumbents almost never lose, a party leader like Pelosi has every right to be making plans for her next term in office.

The odds don’t bother Sheehan, who has raised more than $100,000 for her race, most of it from outside the district.

“Even people who I won’t represent are willing to back me, because they know what I’ll do in office,” she said. “Many people in San Francisco know me, and they know my persistence.

“If I get to Washington, I’ll only be in office a couple weeks before Bush leaves, but I guarantee he’ll know I’m there.”

The “public face” of the wildly popular anti-war movement, self-sanctified Saint Cindy still hasn’t managed to get signatures from 3% of the denizens of the most liberal enclave in the US to get on the ballot?

(Something someone calling herself Shirley Golub was able to accomplish.)

Mind you, this is the same woman who constantly chides President Bush for being “incompetent.”

“Even people who I won’t represent are willing to back me, because they know what I’ll do in office,” she said. “Many people in San Francisco know me, and they know my persistence.

And by persistence, Ms. Sheehan means her tendency to quit whenever the cameras move off of her for an instant.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 26th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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