CINDY SHEEHAN MAY CHALLENGE FEINSTEIN FOR U.S.
Cindy Sheehan. File photo.
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
January 30, 2006
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein refuses to comment on reports that
anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan plans to make a run for her senate
seat in 2006, Feinstein's campaign manager Kam Kuwata said today.
Kuwata said Feinstein will make a statement once Sheehan officially
files as a candidate.
Sheehan, who made headlines last year when she camped out at
President Bush's Texas ranch to protest the war in Iraq, said
she plans to throw her name on the ballot if Feinstein fails to
participate in a filibuster against supreme court nominee Judge
Feinstein today voted no on the cloture, the procedure to end
voting on Alito's nomination, according to her spokesman Howard
Shay Lohman, a spokesman for Cindy Sheehan and Gold Star Families
for Peace, said that even with Feinstein's support of a filibuster,
Sheehan is still considering whether to run for office.
"She still hasn't made a final decision," Lohman said.
Kuwata said that Feinstein and Sheehan "have disagreements
on some of the issues." But "we obviously have nothing
to with her presumed campaign," he said.
Kuwata added that he disagrees strongly with media reports that
Sen. Feinstein supports George Bush. "I think that's 100
percent inaccurate," he said.
Kuwata said he has been told that "Ms. Sheehan does not
want to arm our troops in Iraq" because she wants to bring
them back to the U.S.
But Feinstein argues that as the military is already present
in Iraq, "we have to be responsible and we have to make sure
we take care of our troops," Kuwata said.
Additionally, Kuwata said, Feinstein has articulated on a number
of occasions "that she feels she was misled" by the
president on his reasons for going to war in Iraq.
By contrast, the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Todd
Chretien, said he welcomes Sheehan as a candidate and that a Sheehan
candidacy shows "how unpopular" Feinstein has become.
"I welcome Cindy, but Sen. Feinstein brought this on herself,"
Chretien said. "If Cindy were to challenge Sen. Feinstein
in the Democratic primary, the senator would discover how unpopular
she has become with rank and file Democrats," he added.
Chretien announced his candidacy against Feinstein in December.
Sheehan has until March 10 to decide whether or not to run, according
to the Secretary of State's office.
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