By Cindy for Congress
On Monday, we found out that the local “public” broadcasting station was interviewing my opponent, Nancy Pelosi for an entire ½ hour by herself while her three opponents were going to be given “equal time” with the next ½ hour. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that 10 minutes does not equal ½ hour. So, we headed down to KQED and gained access to the lobby to demand equal time. I did not get equal time, but I did get to get on the air with Madame “Impeachment and Debate are off the table” Speaker.
Listen to the call here.
In the very early hours of Thursday morning, the plate glass window in our office was broken. Our homeless friends that sleep on the sidewalk next to our building called the police at 3:30 AM, and they left until our staff arrived at 8am and called the police. Somewhere between 3 AM and 8 AM a computer containing sensitive campaign material was stolen and the SFPD told us that they could not launch a “special investigation” because I am just a “normal citizen” and SFPD refused to even consider that the crime could have been politically motivated.
On Friday, my campaign manager, Tiffany Burns, got into a press conference that Nancy Pelosi was at (funny how she has all this time for interviews, press conferences and fund raisers, but no time to debate her opponents), and asked her why she wouldn’t debate me. Pelosi cowardly ran off instead of answering Tiffany Burns. You can watch the video here.
Now after over a year, we are down to the last 50 hours of this campaign. The feeling is great out there in the district and hundreds of people have told me that they (and all their friends) voted for me. Informal exit polling of early voters at City Hall show me doing very well. Consequently, if I don’t win on Tuesday, or if I don’t get a significant (35% or higher) amount of votes, it won’t be right!
But rest assured, we will never give up or concede until every last vote is counted.
Win or lose on November 4th, I am extremely proud of this campaign and grateful to you for your support and confidence. Cindy for Congress NEVER compromised or sold out our values for money or for votes. If elected, I will never sell out the people I represent like Nancy Pelosi has. Win or lose, November 4th is only the beginning.
The next 50 hours will be non-stop ones for us.
Keep your fingers crossed, candles lit, pray, or do whatever you do to keep sending positive energy our way!
On our way to VICTORY!
Love and peace,
Cindy Sheehan gets 40 Seconds to speak to Nancy Pelosi
San Francisco, California
October 29, 2008
Robert B. Livingston
According to the Wikipedia, KQED 88.5 FM is the the most listened to NPR station in the United States. Between 9 and 11 AM weekdays, tens of thousands of the San Francisco Bay Area´s more civic-minded residents tune in when the radio station broadcasts Forum, a public affairs call-in program.
This morning in a nod to democracy, Forum devoted the hour from 10 to 11 to giving its listening public a chance to get to know the candidates in this year´s District 8 Congressional race.
District 8 represents the greater part of San Francisco– and it has an especially noteworthy race this year because America´s leading peace activist Cindy Sheehan is in the race as an independent candidate.
As has been largely its custom in past major political races, Forum gave the bulk of its program (the first half of the program´s hour) to the sitting incumbent, in this case, House speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Forum allocated the second half of the program to two of her challengers, the Republican Party candidate Dana Walsh and the Libertarian Party candidate Philip Berg.
Cindy Sheehan, although invited to share the second half-hour with Walsh and Berg, had refused to attend on principle: because the program´s time was divided unfairly among all the candidates.
Nevertheless, Cindy took advantage of the opportunity Forum dangles to all its listeners to have a say, and managed to call in to the station and address Nancy Pelosi shortly before the Speaker´s time ran out.
¨I just want to know why you haven´t represented the people of your district and why you haven´t impeached George Bush and Dick Cheney?¨ Cindy was able to ask Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi thanked Cindy for her call and expressed her admiration for her courage.
¨If I honestly believed that the president had violated the Constitution of the United States, and if my colleagues believed that, I think you would have seen the president impeached,¨ she answered.
As an independent appealing to voters in all parties, Cindy Sheehan has been significantly endorsed by the Green Party whose members have out-polled Republicans in San Francisco in recent years.
Many keen political observers can only guess at how election results may differ if real debates between incumbents and challengers were allowed in public– or on the airwaves.
Cindy Sheehan has repeatedly challenged Nancy Pelosi to a debate, but Pelosi has always refused.
Since before becoming the powerful Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi has neither met with local anti-war activists nor held a public town-hall meeting to address her constituents´ concerns.
Here is a transcript of this morning´s brief exchange between Cindy Sheehan, Forum host Michael Krasny, and Nancy Pelosi:
[Nancy Pelosi finishes answering another caller´s question.]
Krasny: Well, we´ve got a caller here who I think maybe… familiar to you Speaker Pelosi. It´s Cindy Sheehan on the line….
Pelosi: Good morning Cindy.
Sheehen: Good morning Ms. Pelosi.
Pelosi: Good morning to you.
Sheehan: It´s nice to talk to you.
Pelosi: My pleasure.
Sheehan: Um. Well first you answer the question about the debate which I think that you– if you really cared about the voters in San Francisco you could find an hour to debate your opponents, because you do have some opponents here in San Francisco. You haven´t had a town hall meeting…
Krasny interrupts: ´Scuse me, Cindy Sheehan, you had a question you wanted to ask the Speaker?
Sheehan: I do. I do. Over 60% of this district in 2006 voted for an impeachment resolution and I just want to know why you haven´t represented the people of your district and why you haven´t impeached George Bush and Dick Cheney. And you still have time.
Krasny: Alright, thank you for that direct question.
Pelosi: Thank you Cindy. First may I commend Cindy for her race for congress and again express the respect that I have for her for her courage in speaking out in what she believes in, so articulately.
The issue of impeachment is a very controversial one in my own caucus and certainly in the country. The idea that if we disagree with the president we should begin impeachment proceedings is one, that is again, controversial. There are those who believe they have the evidence that the president would be convicted if impeached. Um. I don´t know that we have seen that. I have said that the people who would like to see the president impeached the most are the Republicans. They should love to see the Democrats, as soon as we took power, go down the path of impeaching the president, dividing the country, and neglecting what we wanted to do on minimum wage, and children´s health, and veterans´ benefits and the rest of that, because it would totally consume the congress. It is, again, again, controversial, but if I honestly believed that the president had violated the Constitution of the United States, and if my colleagues believed that, I think you would have seen the president impeached.
Krasny: Let me see if we can get a quick other call in here. Brian go ahead. You´re on.
Brian: Hi. I´m Brian. I´m very interested in….
Many economists are predicting a deep recession that will last years, not months. We are seeing evidence of this as almost one million people have lost their jobs in 2008 and one out of every 11 homes are in foreclosure or heading there.
For example, retail giant, Circuit City will be closing 155 stores and laying-off 17% of its work force. The federal government won’t bailout Circuit City to save those jobs or the jobs of vendors who will lose business, also. But if Circuit City sold mortgage-backed securities instead of TVs and computers, you can bet the feds would be pumping money into Circuit City.
My opponent, Nancy Pelosi who is personally invested in at least one company that has received massive government welfare (AIG) and her colleagues who fought against their constituents to ram this 700 billion dollar farce down our throats are not working to pump money into our economy.
The first thing that I will do as the Congressperson from San Francisco (besides working on impeaching Bush and Cheney) will be to work on legislation to create jobs that pay living wages (not minimum wages) to put people to work repairing our crumbling infrastructure and schools; build affordable housing; cleaning up the environment; invest in renewable energy; build public transportation; and end free trade agreements to bring our good manufacturing jobs back to America.
To pay for these ambitious, yet humane and necessary programs, we need to reduce spending on the military industrial complex; bring our troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan to save 16 billion per month and charge oil companies with excess profit taxes because they have profited off the misery of others for at least a century.
This is an emergency plan and to remake our economy to make Americans prosperous, we will have to restore some financial protections that were destroyed during the Clinton-Bush dynasties. The Federal Reserve (that is neither Federal, nor Reserve) will have to be completely overhauled and single-payer healthcare and free state university education will have to be instituted to educate and take care of every American: not just for the elite. I believe healthcare, housing and education are basic human rights, not privileges. Nancy can come up with 850 billion dollars when her buddies need it; now, my buddies: THE PEOPLE, need a bailout!
If you believe in my “gurgle up” economics plan, please VOTE FOR ME; VOLUNTEER FOR ME; or DONATE $20.08 to help us over the next two days as we are blanketing this city with Cindy Sheehan for Congress materials.
Thank you for your constant support, prayers and confidence!
On our way to VICTORY for the people!
Love and peace
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