Dianne Feinstein running for reelection next year in face of liberal angst

Posted October 10, 2017

Democrat Dianne Feinstein, the oldest current USA senator, said on Monday she was "all in" to run for re-election next year in her home state of California. "We are better off with her leadership and I look forward to continuing to fight together for California in the Senate". Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare.

But in a sign that Feinstein still has plenty of sway among the state's liberal power brokers, Kamala Harris, California's junior senator and a favorite among progressives, quickly and enthusiastically endorsed her bid.

If elected, the 84-year-old Feinstein would be 91 when she completes her term in 2025. She will be seeking her fifth full term - she won a special election in 1992 to fill out the term of then-Sen.

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She also sparked outrage in August when she said, of President Trump, "I just hope he has the ability to learn and to change, and if he does, he can be a good president".

Ahead of her decision, several House Democrats from California, including Reps.

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"We share a common interest in this Senate race". "The fact that the establishment is rallying around her reelection shows that D.C. insiders continued to privilege protecting one of their own over the voters concerns [sic]".

The announcement comes as no surprise given Feinstein's personality, and despite her needing to take a few days off in January to have a pacemaker installed. If the 83-year-old opts to retire, Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate who now lives in Utah, is among those considering a potential campaign.

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