U.S. anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan vowed Monday that she would challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in next year's congressional elections, but was arrested on Capitol Hill later in the day for disorderly conduct.
Sheehan said earlier in the day she would run against Pelosi in the speaker's congressional district in California, if the Democratic leader wouldn't consider her call to launch impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush.
"Impeachment is not a fringe movement, it is mandated in our Constitution; Nancy Pelosi had no authority to take it off the table," said Sheehan, who led a group of about 200 war protestors from Arlington National Cemetery to Capitol Hill.
"If Nancy Pelosi doesn't do her constitutionally mandated job by midnight, tomorrow I will announce that I'm going to run against her," she said.
Besides Sheehan, 45 other war protesters were also arrested. Police said the protesters could be released after they were processed and a 50-U.S. dollar-fine was paid.
Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq in 2004, had camped outside Bush's Texas ranch for weeks in protest against the war and had said she would run as an independent to challenge Pelosi in her district next year if Pelosi would not agree to impeach Bush.
Sheehan had said she would ask Representative John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to initiate impeachment proceedings against both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Conyers raised the possibility of impeaching Bush last year, but Pelosi had shown no interest in the idea.
On Sunday, Democratic Senator Russ Feingold said he was planning to introduce legislation to censure Bush, Cheney and other White House officials over the Iraq war and their "outrageous attack on the rule of law."