Sheehan Considers Challenging Feinstein for Senate
Cindy Sheehan is considering a run for Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat, arguing that California needs someone “in touch” with the voters.
Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who set up camp near President Bush’s Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she is considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record) to protest what she called the California lawmaker’s support for the war in Iraq. “She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the funding. She won’t call for an immediate withdrawal of the troops,” Sheehan told The Associated Press in an interview while attending the World Social Forum in Venezuela along with thousands of other anti-war and anti-globalization activists. “I think our senator needs to be held accountable for her support of George Bush and his war policies,” said Sheehan, whose 24-year-old soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Feinstein’s campaign manager, Kam Kuwata, said the senator “doesn’t support George Bush and his war policies.” “She has stated publicly on numerous occasions that she felt she was misled by the administration at the time of the vote,” Kuwata said by phone from California. But with troops committed, Feinstein believes immediate withdrawal is not a responsible option, Kuwata said. Senator Feinstein’s position is, let’s work toward quickly turning over the defense of Iraq to Iraqis so that we can bring the troops home as soon as possible,” he said.
Sheehan accused Feinstein of being out of touch with Californians on the issue.
Sheehan makes Feinstein look like a moderate statesman by comparison. And I thought only Barbara Boxer had that talent.