California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to seek re-election

Michele Moreno
October 10, 2017

In a Sunday interview with NBC News' Meet the Press, Feinstein said the public would find out "very shortly" whether she will run for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate next year.

"I strongly support Dianne's reelection campaign, and am thankful she is again offering to serve our state", Harris said.

"Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare", Feinstein wrote. "I'm in a position where I can be effective, and hopefully that means something to California", Feinstein said.

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. The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, has said he's open to legislation and that he'd spoken with Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, who was interested in holding a hearing. The senior senator has faced withering criticism this year from some liberal activists who accuse her of not being tough enough on President Donald Trump. She said the change in gun laws must be permanent and codified by Congress, not addressed through regulations only. Kevin de León, the president pro tempore of the California State Senate, is seen as a particularly strong challenger, and there are likely to be others.

Feinstein also said she had some "interest" from the Congressional Republicans to work on the legislation banning bump stocks, but did not provide any names. "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]".

Feinstein's California colleague, Sen. "We are better off with her leadership and I look forward to continuing to fight together for California in the Senate".

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