California Democrats maneuver ahead of Feinstein’s impending Senate exit

The 2024 U.S. Senate race in California appears to be highly contentious among Democrats if 89-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) decides to retire after three decades in office, as many expect. let her do it.

Feinstein has shown apparent signs of forgetfulness lately, and his staff reportedly worked to hide his cognitive issues from public view and media scrutiny. For example, Feinstein said last month that she hadn’t “thought” about becoming acting Senate president and told reporters she would “let [them] know when “when she considered taking on the role, but in a statement to the Washington Post in October, she ruled out the idea of ​​filling the position.

Feinstein recently said she intended to complete her term but considered retiring at the end of it. If she calls it a career, a number of Democrats will likely be vying for the coveted seat in what would likely be a highly contentious and costly primary and general election.

Darry Sragow, a Democratic strategist, told the Los Angeles Times last month that an open-seat race would be a “real game for all”.

“There are a lot of very ambitious players in California who would give anything to get one of those two seats,” he said. “So, yeah, there would be a lot of suitors.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). (YARA NARDI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

One politician already considering the job is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who forfeited an opportunity to pursue the leadership role of the House Democrats as he mulls a race. On Saturday, he appeared on KTTA’s The problem is and told host Elex Michaelson he was getting “a lot of encouragement to run for the Senate from Californians and colleagues here in Congress.”

“If Senator Feinstein retires, I’ll think about it very seriously. You know, at this point, I think we’re waiting to see what Senator Feinstein has to say about her plans, but yeah, that’s something which I am seriously considering,” he added.

US Representative Ro Khanna gives a press conference during the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 6, 2019. - Europe's largest tech event Web Summit will be held at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon from November 4-7.  (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

Representative Ro Khanna (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Katie Porter (D-CA) are also receiving race requests, as well as Politics Jeremy White reported earlier this month, while Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is using vacation time to decide her future. Khanna is receiving encouragement to launch a Senate bid from progressives aligned with Sen. Bernie Sanders, while a source close to Porter said she is responding to requests from Californians to run and “absolutely considering a Senate campaign of 2024”.

Khanna has criticized Feinstein in the past, including after announcing that she was seeking re-election in 2018. Hours after her announcement, he said Policy he spoke to Lee and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and urged them to the Feinstein primary.

“She wasn’t a strong advocate for privacy, she wasn’t strong on civil liberties, she wasn’t strong on resisting our foreign policy interventions around the world,” he said. he declared, calling her a “hawk”. .”

In an opinion piece, Los Angeles Time Capitol Journal columnist George Skelton mentioned Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) as a potential contender for the seat. Although Newsom – who was just re-elected and will serve until 2027 – has taken apparent steps to build his national brand and has been discussed by pundits as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, he told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this year who has “less than zero” interest in running for president in the next cycle. Skelton says his “only logical next elective position” would be the 89-year-old’s seat. Newsom is expected to give up the last two years of his term as governor to serve in the Senate.


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