After Feinstein announces run for re-election, progressives push for a primary challenger

Just hours after U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., announced she was running for re-election, progressives in the state called for a primary challenge to the long-serving Democrat.

For example, Bay Area Congressman Ro Khanna, D-Calif., reportedly asked Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich to run against the incumbent, believing the party needs someone further to the left to occupy the seat.

“There are other voices in our state who are far more in touch with the values,” Khanna told Politico.

While Feinstein has been a fixture of California politics for decades, her softer tone toward President Trump and stances on issues like national security and encryption have caused her to lose favor with some in her party.
“She was totally out of touch when the whole debate happened on encryption,’’ Khanna added, according to Politico, referencing the dialogue that took place in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terror attack. “She didn’t even understand some of those issues.”

Furthermore, she faced jeers from a town hall crowd this summer after suggesting that President Trump could become a “good president” if he would “learn” and “change.”

“Look, this man is going to be president most likely for the rest of this term,” the senator said at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club in August. “I just hope he has the ability to learn and to change and if he does he can be a good president. And that’s my hope.”

Following backlash, she was forced to clarify her remarks.

At 84, she is the oldest senator in the upper chamber and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As some reporters noted, the announcement is seen as bad news for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who were viewed as likely candidates if Feinstein decided to retire. De León in particular is thought to have been eyeing the seat, as he’s termed out of the state Senate next year.

The talks about a primary challenger come as Democrats nationally have been looking to revamp their image with fresh faces and “new blood” after Hillary Clinton’s defeat last November.

“Her policies are completely out of touch with California Democrats, and we think she’d be more at home in a Republican primary,” Corbin Trent of the Justice Democrats told Vox, expressing support for a primary challenger.

With California positioning itself as the center of the so-called “Resistance” against the Trump agenda in Washington, the stage could be set for a challenge to Feinstein from the left. But with support from top Democrats in the state like U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, along with a robust campaign infrastructure and strong name recognition, any effort to take her on will present a steep challenge.

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  1. Brett
    Brett 11 October, 2017, 08:42

    I’ve got to get out of this state. What a bunch of wingnuts these Democrats are.

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  2. Robert
    Robert 11 October, 2017, 09:01

    Further Left !?! OMG are they really thinking this?

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  3. Skep 41
    Skep 41 11 October, 2017, 09:52

    ‘Further left?’ There is no ‘further left’. Did Crazy Bernie differ in any way on any issue from ‘Horrible Hillary? Was he for single-payer and her not? Of course not. There is absolutely no difference in philosophy between any Democrat. They all mouth the party line and they all vote completely in lock-step, never breaking ranks. Have you watched any Democrat ‘debates’ in the last few decades? There is no ‘debate’ on any issue. They could elect a chimpanzee, as long as he had the appropriate leftist views, to sit in the Senate and yell ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ according to how the party directs. And that chimp would get elected because you can be sure that California will disgrace itself again by having two Democrats on the Senate ballot again this year.

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  4. BUTCH
    BUTCH 11 October, 2017, 19:09

    TERRY R HEBERT —– YOU VOTE FOR ME I`LL RUN FOR REPUBLICAN SIDE GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE SECOND!

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  5. Dork
    Dork 12 October, 2017, 13:13

    “Her policies are completely out of touch with California Democrats, and we think she’d be more at home in a Republican primary,” Corbin Trent of the Justice Democrats told Vox

    Only a Full Blown Communist would think Mrs Blum is to the right of Anything.

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  6. Ted Steele, Patriot with a flag lapel!
    Ted Steele, Patriot with a flag lapel! 12 October, 2017, 14:27

    Oh you poor Trumpaloopa morons—- your Secy of State called the Donald a moron, he has pissed backwards on every campaign promise, has no legislative or policy accomplishment so far, and tweets like a loon…….LOL

    Tired of all of all of the “winning” yet?

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    • afrequentreader
      afrequentreader 12 October, 2017, 15:43

      You sound like a perfect candidate there TS, embodiment of the disease liberalism. No accomplishments? Let’s see:

      1) He got conservative judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.
      2) The stock market is at an all-time high.
      3) Consumer confidence is at an all-time high.
      4) He created more than a million jobs by undoing Obama’s regulations.
      5) Mortgage applications for new homes is at a 7 year high.
      6) Unemployment rate is at a 16 year low.
      7) Signed the promoting women in entrepreneurship act.
      8) Gutted 800 Obama era regulations thus freeing up companies to hire again and get the economy moving once again.
      9) Ended the war on coal and caused a new mine for coal mining to open that will mine clean coal. He also put the miners back to work.
      10) Weakened Dodd-Frank regulations.
      11) Promotes buying and hiring American.
      12) Investments from major businesses such as Foxconn, Ford ,Toyota, Intel amd others will build here now.
      13) Reduced illegal immigration by over 70%.
      14) Bids for the border wall are underway.
      15) He’s fighting back against sanctuary cities.
      16) Changed the rules of engagement against ISIS.
      17) Drafted a plan to defeat ISIS.
      18) Worked to reduce the cost of the F-35 fighter jets.
      19) Imposed a five year lobbying plan.
      20) Sanctioned Iran over its’ missile program.
      21) Responded to Syria’s use of chemical weapons.
      22) Reduced tax reform plan.
      23) He’s renegotiating NAFTA.
      24) He withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership thus keeping jobs here.
      25) He pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accords thus saving us millions of dollars every year.
      26) Created a task force to reduce crime.
      27) The DOJ is targeting dangerous gangs like MS-13.
      28) Signed independence and economic growth law.
      29) Signed an executive order to protect police officers and target drug cartels.
      30) Signed an executive order for religious freedom.
      31) His administration is working on sending education back to the states.
      32) He’s fixing the dept. of Veterans affairs so now vets can choose their own doctors and be covered. This also protects whistle blowers and allows VA to terminate bad employees..
      33) Authorized construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines. The Dakota pipeline is up and running without harming the environment.
      34) Created commissions on election fraud and opioid addiction.
      35) Food stamp use is the lowest level in seven years.
      36) Reduced the White House payroll saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
      37) He’s donating his salary to various causes.
      38) Signed 52 pieces of legislation.
      39) Cut 600 billion from UN peacekeeping mission.
      40) Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years.

      It’s pretty easy and even you can do it, or not. Now go sit boy, sit.

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    • Ulyssess Uhaul
      Ulyssess Uhaul 12 October, 2017, 16:28

      Teddy

      Save your powder….the loons are gone…..so so sad …..we have empty days not firing off rebuts to doomer insanity……

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  7. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 13 October, 2017, 19:52

    Feinstein is moderate just left of center. She has earned her place in history. Give her one more term!

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    • Ulysses’s Uhaul
      Ulysses’s Uhaul 17 October, 2017, 14:12

      She lead instantly on bark beatle and fire restoration efforts in San Bernardino Mountains. My cabin was within 50 feet of unmerciful fires….part of 110 total cabin destruction. The huge devastated area clean up and restoration efforts was far far more than you would expect. Property values stabilized, new welcomed fire prevention vastly improved….. I was amazed at the quick response and positive results.

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