Dianne Feinstein to Seek Sixth Senate Term Amid Criticism From Left

Arnold Nichols
October 10, 2017

Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat who has represented California in the Senate since 1992, announced on Monday that she would run for reelection in 2018.

The oldest serving senator, Dianne Feinstein, says she will run for re-election. Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare.

The announcement was first tweeted by an unverified Twitter account affiliated with Feinstin.

Her analysis came several days after being criticized at a town hall meeting in San Francisco for expressing optimism about Trump becoming "a good president".

California Democrats have been anxiously circling Feinstein's seat, hoping she would create an opening for them by retiring.

Rep. Ro Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley in Congress, told Jeff Stein of Vox that Feinstein "is out of touch with the grassroots of our party on economic policy and foreign policy".

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who heads the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, said Sunday he would be willing to support bump stock restrictions either by fiat or by a new law.


Feinstein announced the run on social media on Monday, noting her desire to keep fighting for various issues facing the country.

"I am all in!" she wrote.

"What Californians get from Dianne is someone who sticks to her principles and achieves results regardless of powerful opponents, from the assaults weapons ban to the Central Intelligence Agency torture report", Harris said.

The veteran Democrat had dodged questions about whether she would seek a fifth term, leaving her party in the nation's most populous state in limbo about whether to start grooming a possible replacement.

Feinstein is the oldest USA senator but among several octogenarians, including Republicans Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Richard Shelby, Jim Inhofe, Pat Roberts and John McCain.

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.

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