Monday, February 13, 2006

Cindy Sheehan opts out of CA Senate race, leaving anti-war

News Advisory

Friday, February 10, 2006
Contact(s): Sara Amir, 310.270-7106
Pat Driscoll 916.320-6430
Susan King 415.823-5524

Cindy Sheehan's decision not to run for US Senate leaves Green Party candidates as the
only real option
for millions of California voters opposed to the war in Iraq

SACRAMENTO The nominee of the Green Party for U.S. Senate, after anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan bowed out of the race Thursday, may be
the only hope for millions of California voters who desperately want the war in Iraq to end, said a trio of Green Party Senate candidates Friday.

Cindy Sheehan ended speculation she might seek public office on an anti-war platform by announcing Thursday she would not, as had been rumored, run in the upcoming June Primary opposing pro-war incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the Democratic Party nomination.

The Green Party's nominee for US Senate is now the only "peace" option for voters, including Democrats, who want the war to end, said the three hopefuls who will face-off in the June Primary.

"I have the utmost respect for what Cindy Sheehan has been able to accomplish. Now, without someone like her on the Democratic Primary ballot to give peace voters an option, the only way they can make a strong statement is by registering Green and voting in the Green Party Primary, and then vote Green in November," said Tian Harter, one Green candidate.

And, Todd Chretien, also running in the Primary for a chance to meet Feinstein, predicted that, had Sheehan run, "millions of Californians would have abandoned the pro-war incumbent to support her. The senate race will be a referendum on the war in Iraq. Sen. Feinstein wants it to
continue. I want to bring our troops home now."

Kent Mesplay, another Green Party Senate candidate and former party presidential candidate in the 2004 California primary, praised Cindy Sheehan for her "determination to shine a light on the truth and to help in whatever way she can to lead us toward a more peaceful and equitable world. May we all encounter such genuine participants in our fledgling democracy."


Green candidate comments on Cindy's decision not to run

Thursday, February 9, 2006
Contact: Ragina Johnson 415-412-4540
Todd Chretien 510-590-6073

Attention: Political Desk

Green Party Senate candidate Todd Chretien reacts
to announcement that Cindy Sheehan won't run for US
Senate: Suggests those opposed to Iraq War vote for him

SAN FRANCISCO - Green Party US Senate candidate Todd Chretien has released the following
statement regarding the announcement Thursday morning by Cindy Sheehan that she will not
challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the Democratic Party primary in California.

Sheehan was discouraged from running by congressional Democrats from the Bay Area, including Sen. Barbara Boxer who told reporters that Cindy would be "hurt" by challenging Feinstein.

"Cindy Sheehan has done more than any single individual in the United States to try to stop the war in Iraq and bring our troops home. Had Cindy run against Sen. Feinstein, millions of Californians would have abandoned the pro-war incumbent to support her. Sen. Boxer's campaign to keep Cindyout of the primary only goes to show that the politicians are more concerned with defending each other than in ending the war in Iraq,"

Mr. Chretien said just minutes after Cindy Sheehan made her announcement.

Mr. Chretien also commented on what Cindy Sheehan's decision not to enter the race means for
the California Senate campaign:

"I appeal to everyone who wanted to vote for Cindy Sheehan for peace to register in the Green Party and vote for me. The senate race will be a referendum on the war in Iraq. Sen. Feinstein wants it to continue. Iwant to bring our troops home now," Mr. Chretien said.


TODD chretien
US Senate


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