Sheehan needs 2,116 more signatures, moneybomb on August 6th

From a note published today on her official Facebook profile comes an update on independent House candidate Cindy Sheehan‘s efforts to make the ballot:

Subsequent to the Department of Election challenging an UNBELIEVABLE 43.5 PERCENT of our signatures, our CINDY FOR CONGRESS ’08 campaign still needs 2116 more valid signatures to get CINDY SHEEHAN on the San Francisco ballot to run against failed Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

The note includes links to Sheehan’s petition forms (front and back) and helpfully notes that those outside of California’s 8th district can help the effort by making a contribution, with each dollar of donations paying for one signature by professional circulators (in addition to those being collected by local volunteers). Sheehan should receive a portion of the funds still required from a moneybomb for her congressional run planned for tomorrow, August 6th, a day doubly noted by her campaign as the 3rd anniversary of her picket outside President Bush’s Crawford ranch as well as the anniversary of the American nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.

13 thoughts on “Sheehan needs 2,116 more signatures, moneybomb on August 6th

  1. Fred Church Ortiz Post author

    I have a theory as to why she lost so many signatures. From her Grassroots Action Center:

    If you are just signing, go ahead and complete the name and residence information on the front of the petition.

    If you are collecting signatures, you can sign and collect signatures. Be sure to fill out the “petitioner information” on the back of the sheet.

    I was under the impression one always had to fill out the Affidavit of Circulator portion of the petition form, even when only signing for oneself. If I’m right, it’s possible quite a few supporters filled out their own sheet, sent it in, and ended up being invalidated as incomplete. I’m still looking through the SOS website to see if my memory’s correct.

  2. donald raymond lake

    Senor Ortiz, that is how Citizens For A Better Veterans Home did it in dethroning corrupt insider Governor Gray Davis in California in 2003!

    We had the petition circulator sign at the very first, also!

    The local dems and their governmental lackeys are sure to be hard on Cindy. But as some one whom is not even allowed to phone any more, let my tell you what I have been telling her and her [too!] loyal staff!

    Dump that shit eating grin! How can any one take you and your dead son and your dead marriage seriously when you look like Steve Kubby in a drug daze?

    Having trouble with local numbers? Those numerous out of district trips don’t look so smart in retrospective, do they? What does a local candidate have to accomplish in EGYPT? Duh?

  3. Fred Church Ortiz Post author

    Agreed about the smile, but not the horrible mental picture you framed it with Don!

    I ended up writing to them about it, the SS site didn’t spell it out in small words for me but I think I’m right. If not, it should bother them all of half a minute to double check their instructions (if the county’s not giving them the runaround).

  4. Deran

    Beyond potential misinformed actions on the part of signature collectors, I wasn’t clear if the CA Sec of State checks the sigs for a congressional district. Or, is it the SF County elections people? If it’s the SF people, I’m sure the Democrats are making what mischief they can.

    One hopes she has some Naderite atornies ready to challenge her potential exclusion in court?

    On the other hand, Sheehan has had seemingly ample opportunity/time to gather signatures?

  5. donald raymond lake

    Fred Church Ortiz: How can you logically agree with the goofy smile and not the silly image it conveys? Perception is reality in communications, especially mass communications!
    Look at Cindy’s web site! Archive Steve Kubby’s home page. If you are some what politically neutral and do not know a thing but what the candidates own communications is trying to convey to you….

    And your opinions on far away trips instead of inteligently doing ground work in the local area?

    Your campaign is a hint of what your public administration might be like! The one and only pre August 2008 challenge is to get signatures to get on the ballot.

    You do know that she has spent much of the past months globe trotting?

    I see Nader P2004 like trouble for Cindy. I see a write in effort with lousey results for the rest of the year. Have I mentioned that I am now bounced from Cindy’s voice mail?

    None whom are so blind as those whom do not wish to see.

  6. Fred Church Ortiz Post author

    Maybe I’m just sheltered, somehow that image didn’t come to mind.

    And your opinions on far away trips instead of inteligently doing ground work in the local area?

    I’d rather candidates stay in the country while campaigning, sure.

  7. donald raymond lake

    I do not care what you would rather happen,

    but if Ms Sheehan is going to run for office

    as an independent whom needs local signatures

    and she [Uncle Ralph, whom ever] does not get

    them —-the efficiency of a write in campaign

    verses ballot access?

    I do not care what you would like her to do,

    I do care that she have a shot against Fancy

    Nancy —-and apparently I care more than she!

  8. donald raymond lake

    From the silly shit eating grins of the Campaign HQ!

    [Yelling and screaming sure is a lot more fun than the tedious, quiet, necessary back room work of getting things done….]
    Much like Nader/ Camejo and their failed ballot access of California P2004. Cindy Sheehan supporters will need to spell the name correctly in November AS A WRITE IN STUMBLE BUMBLE wanna be…..

    This is Horse shit by Cindy Sheehan

    It is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists will we be?
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

    You know, I don’t care if it’s not proper for a Congressional candidate to say: “horse shit.” I don’t care if it is not a good “tactic” to get kicked out of a Congressional non-impeachment hearing that was just a bunch of horse shit anyway. I don’t care if I get accused of being too “extreme” for bucking the (cyst)em by doing everything form camping in a ditch in Crawford, Tx to non-violent civil disobedience to, lately, running for Congress as (oh no!) an independent.

    If people can’t see how this nation is teetering on the precipice of financial ruin and dragging the rest of this planet down with us as we destroy our ecology, too…and if people don’t realize how desperate our situation is, then I must say, that jis horse shit!

    I am angry. No, I am incensed that hundreds of thousands of people are dead, dying, wounded, displaced from their homes or being imprisoned and tortured by the sadists that reside or work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with the approval of their accomplices down the road in Congress. I am furious that I buried my oldest son when he was 24 years old for the unrepentant lies and the unpunished crimes of the Bush mob. Are you incensed? If not, maybe you should ask yourself: “Why?” Hypothetically: “Why am I not enraged that my country has killed or hurt so many people for absolutely no noble cause in my name and with my tacit approval?”

    I am steamed that the working class has to, once again, pay for the excesses of the capitalist criminals that feeds its rapacious appetite with the flesh and blood of our children and won’t rest until it owns every penny in this world and has all the power.

    You may say, “But Cindy, it is not polite to be angry or to use such strong language in public.” Horseshit! In my opinion, every citizen in this country should rise up in anger and DEMAND that George Bush and Dick Cheney not only be impeached and removed from office, but be tried and convicted for murder and crimes against the peace and humanity!

    We should all walk off of our jobs and refuse to work and refuse to be cogs in the wheels of psychotic consumerism until our troops, military contractors and permanent bases are removed from Iraq and Afghanistan. We should, but most of us won’t. We won’t because it may mean that we would lose something of “value.” Material possessions are so transitory, as are our lives. We can leave a lasting impression by our courageous activism and moral sacrifice, or we can leave a pile of rusting metal or rotting wood. I choose the former for myself.

    We should come out of our comas of too much TV news and not enough non-biased information to push for alternatives to fossil fuels that are clean and renewable and protest nuclear facilities and off-shore oil drilling like we used to in the olden days when people actually cared enough about not poisoning our world to get off of their couches or (today) out from behind their computer screens to do something constructive instead of complacently shelling out hundreds of dollars a week for gasoline and food.

    I get so pissed off when one of my supporters has a tooth ache and can’t afford to go see a dentist to fix it or when my sister has had a cough for almost two years and doesn’t have the health insurance she needs to get fully well. And when I think that almost 50 million people in this country are non-insured or under-insured, I see red. Why, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, do some have the “privilege” of being fully insured and healthy, when health care is a basic human right, not a privilege for the elitists? My heart hurts every night when the men who sleep propped up against my campaign office, huddled under their blankets against the San Francisco chill, wish me a “good night” and I can’t choke the same words back to them, or do much of anything but give them coffee to keep warm and books to read to help pass the time. My campaign office is being visited on a daily basis by Iraq war vets who can’t access the help they need to get physically or mentally healthy—and I am “extreme” because I actually want things to really change and choose to act on this desire and not sit around passively pretending that this horse shit doesn’t exist?

    Since Casey died, even though every day I am filled with pain and longing, I have tried to be the poster-mom for this pain telling my neighbors and fellow Americans how it feels to be profoundly hurt by the Military Industrial Complex and that it wouldn’t be too long before the cancer of BushCo would strike every American home and now that this prediction is awfully coming true, I see more and more apathy and less and less action.

    Three years ago today, I first sat in a ditch in Crawford, Texas and three years later, we are in dire straits, my friends, and the prognosis is not good, unless we all make a conscious effort to sacrifice some of today’s comfort for the sake of our children and grand-children’s futures.

    Sixty-three years ago today, the monsters of the US war machine dropped a WMD on hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children and since then, this nation has just descended into a further spiral of war and profiting from war and preparing for war and more profiting from war; which is destroying every aspect of our society and we MUST reclaim our very souls from the Military Industrial Complex before it is too late.

    Please don’t wait for November, or January or for the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius because every second we allow this demented pattern to continue, is one second too long!

    Get moving!

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  9. donald raymond lake

    Paulie, like Nader P2004, it is Candidate Sheehan driving the effort off into a ditch!

    MORE, I TOLD YA SO………..

    [Your signature base is the unregistered home less? Duh!]

    “The percentage of “valid” signatures that the SF Department of Elections are allowing is getting
    lower and lower as we get closer to our goal.

    We turned in 1932 on Monday and they invalidated 49% of the signatures.

    We turned in 425 yesterday and they invalidated 78% of them.
    The thing about that, is that I personally checked every signature in that batch, and I came up
    with a 55-60 percent valid rate.

    We figure at this rate, we need to turn in 3000 by tomorrow at 5pm.

    HELP! HELP! HELP! We have 24 hours……

    The disenfranchisement of the homeless population here in SF is criminal and this is obviously the
    population that is strongly in support of my campaign because they are the ones that have been
    screwed over the most by this (cyst)em and they know the people in power are only there to preserve
    their power, not help the people who need to be helped.

    Please forward this email to everyone that you know….and every media outlet that you know.

    We are going to do it because we are not going to let down the thousands of people who support
    our campaign and know that it is urgent to get the people’s voice on the ballot and in Congress!

    Our office will be open until we get the 3,000.

    1260 Mission St. San Francisco Ca


  10. Trent Hill

    Good luck to her. She may be a near socialist–but that isnt any different than her opponents, and at least you can trust her to vote against the war and be honest.

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