CRAWFORD, Texas -- Six weeks after announcing her departure from the peace movement, Cindy Sheehan said yesterday that she plans to run against Nancy Pelosi unless the House speaker introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.
Sheehan said she will run against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008 as an independent if Pelosi does not seek by July 23 to impeach Bush. That's when Sheehan and her supporters are to arrive in Washington, D.C., after a 13-day caravan and walking tour starting next week from the group's war protest site near Bush's Crawford ranch.
"Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership," Sheehan told the Associated Press. "We hired them to bring an end to the war. I'm not too far from San Francisco, so it wouldn't be too big of a move for me. I would give her a run for her money."
Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said the congresswoman has said repeatedly that her focus is on ending the war in Iraq. "She believes that the best way to support our troops in Iraq is to bring them home safely and soon," he said. "July will be a month of action in Congress to end the war, including a vote to redeploy our troops by next spring."
Sheehan said in May that she was leaving the antiwar movement and selling her 5-acre Crawford lot. She said that she thought her efforts had been in vain and that she had endured smear tactics and hatred from the left, as well as the right.
She plans to make her official announcement tomorrow after what is expected to be her final weekend at the Crawford lot, which she sold to California radio talk show host Bree Walker.
Sheehan came to Crawford in August 2005 during a Bush vacation, demanding to talk to him about the war that killed her son Casey in 2004. She became the face of the antiwar movement during her 26-day roadside vigil, which was joined by thousands.
Sheehan, who has never held political office, recently said that she was leaving the Democratic Party because it "caved" in to the president. Last week, she announced her caravan to Washington, D.C., calling it the "people's accountability movement."
"I didn't expect to be back so soon, but the focus is different than it was before," Sheehan said yesterday . "Instead of talking and making accusations, we're going into communities and talking to the people who've been hurt by the Bush regime. We're finding out how we can help people."