Keefer interviewed by Chronicle editorial board
Krissy Keefer, Green Party candidate for the 8th Congressional
fields questions from San Francisco Chronicle editorial staffers
Marshall Kilduff and John Diaz about her grassroots campaign to
unseat incumbent Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
October 12, 2006
Krissy Keefer - Green Party candidate for the 8th Congressional
District seat, a mother and an artist - presented her campaign
candidacy for congress to the editorial board of San Francisco's
largest daily, The San Francisco Chronicle, yesterday.
Keefer's platform includes an immediate phased withdrawal of
U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the impeachment of President
Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and ending global warming.
The Chronicle, known for its editorial support for Pelosi, took
the extraordinary step of holding an editorial interview with
Pelosi's closest contender, seemingly keen to understand the growing
threat Keefer is posing to Pelosi and the Democratic Party, and
the impact her grassroots candidacy is having on the political
think across the United States.
The Chronicle's editorial board consisted of editorial scribes
Marshall Kilduff, John Diaz, and senior political reporter Rachel
Rachel Gordon, Marshall Kilduff and John Diaz.
During initial exchanges Keefer pressed the board to consider
hosting a debate between all the candidates running for Pelosi's
seat. Pelosi has so far been unresponsive to all candidate requests
to debate the issues.
The board's response: They are focusing on state-wide races and
not on the most important race facing San Francisco constituents
largely at odds with Pelosi's tacit
support for sustaining the war and for voting against the
John Diaz echoed his concern that Pelosi, despite her war-support
voting record, could become the next Speaker of the House if Democrats
win back congress in November, suggesting this is the only reason
why voters should vote for Pelosi.
Keefer responded saying, "It is clear that the voters of
San Francisco want leadership in Washington DC, leadership that
reflects their values, leadership that is not navigating the middle
of the road in the hopes of career advancement."
Diaz followed Keefer's response asking which party Keefer would
align with in congress if she were to unseat Pelosi.
Keefer identified several Democrats she respects, Democrats Keefer
said she would target to form coalitions around mutual platforms.
"Barbara Lee of Oakland and Lynn Woolsey of the North Bay
have both voted against war appropriations. They reflect their
anti-war constituents unlike Pelosi," Keefer stated.
"We are spending about $246 million every day, $10 million
every hour on this war. That's money that could be reinvested
into our social infrastructure, our schools, our parks, health
care, and research and development of alternative forms of energy,"
In a follow up interview by phone Keefer told Fog City Journal,
"Voters are thinking about a world their children and their
grand children will inherit.
"Voters are finally seeing through the deceptions perpetrated
by a handful of neocons hell-bent on the domination of oil rich
nations, oil paid for with the blood of our children, our brothers
and sisters, and the countless innocent civilians caught in the
cross-hairs of a misguided war based on false pretenses and lies.
"People want to live a simple life with peace and security.
They want to raise their families in a world at peace. They want
a world they can live in without fear of terrorism at every turn
and without the threat of global destruction as a result of war
and global warming.
"Is this too much to ask of our representative?"