(UnitedVoice.com) – Questions about whether Senator Dianne Feinstein (R-CA) is fit for the job any longer have swirled for years. The lawmaker is currently 89 years old and is serving a term that will end in January 2025. As the end of her term approaches, other party members are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to take her place. One congresswoman has now launched a bid for the Senate seat.
On Tuesday, January 10, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) announced she is running for Feinstein’s seat in 2024. She spoke to the Los Angeles Times about her decision, saying she believes most Americans think “Washington is broken” and it “caters to billionaires, powerful corporations, and special interests” while it ignores the needs of families. She added that she has seen all of that herself and wants to be in a position to fight the special interests on behalf of the families.
The congresswoman announced her bid on Twitter with a campaign video. She said she wants to hold Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accountable for allegedly rigging the democracy.
California needs a warrior in the Senate—to stand up to special interests, fight the dangerous imbalance in our economy, and hold so-called leaders like Mitch McConnell accountable for rigging our democracy.
Today, I'm proud to announce my candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2024. pic.twitter.com/X1CSE8T12B
— Katie Porter (@katieporteroc) January 10, 2023
The only issue with Porter’s announcement is that Feinstein hasn’t actually resigned. The senator had previously made it clear she would not step down early, though she hasn’t indicated her plans for 2024 either way. She is currently the longest-serving woman in the Senate, elected in 1992.
Porter isn’t the only Democrat who has indicated they want the seat. A shadow campaign has allegedly gone on behind the scenes for quite some time. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has said he was exploring the possibility of a run if Feinstein decided to retire. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) is also one of the lawmakers mentioned as a possible replacement.
They will have to wait until the senator makes a decision as to whether to run again or to finally retire.
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