Sunday, April 20, 2008



Pelosi challenger promises Bush impeachment

It's not well known, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has an additional anti-war primary challenger for her congressional seat in California's 8th District.

She's Shirley Golub, 61, who has worked on Dennis Kucinich's presidential campaigns this year and in 2004. The most prominent plank in her platform: impeachment of President Bush.

"It is outrageous and unacceptable that any member of Congress, let alone our majority speaker, should unilaterally declare that impeachment is 'off the table,' and so defy the Constitution herself," Golub said in a flier circulated to activists at the Take Back America conference.

Golub certainly has an uphill climb. In 2006, Pelosi defeated her Republican opponent Mike DeNunzio by a margin of 80 to 11 percent. She spent more than $1.8 million to DeNunzio's $149,000.

"This will set the stage for Cindy Sheehan," said Angelo Feste, a Golub campaign worker, referring to the anti-war activist who shot to prominence for her protesting techniques, including setting up camp outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Sheehan is running as a "Decline To State" candidate in Pelosi's district.

Golub has planned protests outside of Pelosi's San Francisco office each Thursday. Whether or not the publicity and exposure these protests give her enough momentum to serve as a giant toppler will be shown after the June 3 primary.