U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California announced Monday that she will seek a fifth full term next year, ending months of speculation as a growing stable of possible Democratic successors sat in waiting.
"I am running for reelection to the Senate. But there's still so much work left to do, from ending gun violence, to combating climate change, to ensuring proper and affordable access to healthcare, and to giving DREAMers the chance to stay in the United States". Feinstein's social media strategy created brief confusion on Twitter, until her spokesperson confirmed the validity of the account.
Feinstein said her legislation banning bump stocks had attracted "Republican interest" although the 38 co-sponsors so far were all Democrats.
The 84-year-old's announcement comes at a moment of soul searching for the Democratic Party, after the GOP swept both chambers of Congress and won the presidential election in November. She is the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee.
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But the senior senator said twice on Sunday that no gun control legislation would have stopped the mass shooting. Kevin de Leon, who is term-limited as the Senate president pro tempore, are also known to be angling for higher office. "Right now we're seeing one president change actions of a - of a president that came before him, and that would happen in this area".
Joseph Sanberg, a former Wall Street investor and entrepreneur who successfully lobbied for California's earned income tax credit program, is another potential Feinstein primary challenger.
Feinstein's California colleague, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., as she talks to reporters at a news conference at on Capitol Hill in Washington.Associated Press/J. Kamala Harris and a rising star among liberals, quickly endorsed Feinstein in a Facebook post.