Senator Dianne Feinstein confirmed for reporters Monday that she will be running for her fifth term in the Senate next year, and she is "all in".
Feinstein's reelection bid was quickly endorsed by fellow California Senator Kamala Harris. "It can't be changed by another president", said Feinstein, D-Calif., a longtime advocate of stricter gun control measures. But in an era of all-out ideological resistance to the Trump presidency, she has drawn fire from progressives for some of her more moderate stances.
California Democrats until recently appeared on a almost endless wait to rise in political circles - with Feinstein and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer as the state's long-standing USA senators and fellow party member Jerry Brown serving four straight terms as governor.
But Feinstein's vulnerabilities extend beyond her left flank to include generational ones. "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]". "I stand with her", he said. "Safe Democratic seats are the place we should be representing core Democratic values". "She's an institution, and has a formidable political operation that's been around forever", the strategist told me. "We are better off with her leadership and I look forward to continuing to fight together for California in the Senate". "I'm in a position where I can be effective, and hopefully that means something to California", she said.
"But not let Dianne Feinstein, which is what she wants to do, turn this all into some Christmas tree on the Hill where she brings all her anti-gun circus, she's been trying to do for years, into this", he continued.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who replaced Boxer after she retired a year ago, was the first new senator from California in almost a quarter of a century.