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Sheehan v. Pelosi?

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Sheehan versus Pelosi?

Anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan announced today that she will run against sitting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her congressional seat in 2008 if Pelosi doesn’t endorse impeachment hearings for President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney by July 23.

Sheehan, who lost her son in the Iraq war, in May ended a protest outside President Bush’s Texas ranch that she started in 2005.

University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson is available nationwide to discuss whether or not this strategy will work and if Sheehan is a viable candidate.

Pearson has conducted numerous national radio, TV and print interviews and is available this week.

More on Pearson:

Pearson specializes in American politics, national institutions, political parties, elections, and women and politics, with particular expertise in the U.S. Congress. Pearson's current research focuses on party discipline in the House of Representatives.

One recent study, “The House Leadership in an Era of Partisan Warfare,” appeared in the 8th edition of Congress Reconsidered. Another paper, “The Political Assimilation of the Fourth Wave” is forthcoming in the book Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States.

Prior to joining the university’s department of political science, Pearson was a Research Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and a scholar at the American Political Science Association’s Centennial Center.

For more information on the topic, read this Reuter’s story.

Media interested in an interview with Pearson should contact Patty Mattern, University of Minnesota, (612) 624-2801.

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