Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist, is running against the speaker of the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi, and bad things keep happening to her.
The latest: Someone shattered all the windows of Sheehan's San Francisco campaign headquarters and stole a laptop, the campaign said in a press release:
"It seems to have been a calculated intimidation tactic," said Tiffany Burns, the Cindy for Congress campaign manager. "One of our computers was stolen, but no other property was taken from our offices and no surrounding buildings were targeted. Clearly they wanted to both frighten us and to gather information." Total damage to the campaign office is currently estimated at more than $5,000.CINDY SHOULDN'T SWEAT the small stuff -- like repeated vandalism and theft. It's not that big a deal.
The Cindy for Congress campaign recently chronicled a series of unusual events, including other threats of violence, in a statement issued on October 13th. In that statement, Cindy Sheehan noted "[t]he past few weeks have been a little strange at Cindy for Congress [...] the things that have been happening could just be coincidences, or a run of bad luck, but the climate for the possibility of campaign hanky-panky certainly exists."
Campaign staffers also note each incident, including today's early morning incident, has followed closely on the heels of a confrontation with Cindy Sheehan's opponent Nancy Pelosi. This morning's incident occurred after an on-air confrontation between the two candidates on KQED's public affairs program Forum with Michael Krasny on Wednesday morning.
"Each time we confront her, each time we ask her for a debate, each time we gain ground in the polls, something horrible happens," said Burns. "Once or twice might be a coincidence, but such a consistent correlation is hard to ignore."
After all, I'm sure theft and intimidation -- if done for the greater good -- must have been a source of hot Catholic debate among the doctors of the church throughout all of history.
Grievously wrong? Quite sinful? Who's to say?
Obviously, Cindy Sheehan must have had it coming. Or something.