DIANNE DENIED: California Democrats REFUSE to Endorse Sen. Feinstein
- Author: Megan Austin Mar 01, 2018,
Mar 01, 2018, 8:39
Feinstein is seeking her fifth full term in office and has the support of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democratic Party has declined to endorse the state's own senior senator in her bid for reelection.
"It sends a message that the Democratic Party is a progressive party and they're going for the candidate who they view is the more progressive candidate", said Tom Steyer, the billionaire San Francisco activist who is close to de León but has not endorsed in the race. But the snubbing of Feinstein led de León to claim a victory for his struggling campaign.
Orange County's other three Republican-held congressional districts, which were all targeted by the national Democratic Party, also failed to produce clear Democratic endorsements due to numerous inter-party candidates splitting votes. Dianne Feinstein during the California Democratic Party convention on Saturday. Many of them don't like her pragmatism on law and order issues or her unwillingness to fight President Donald Trump on everything he tweets and everything he proposes.
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"She has so much seniority, it's hard to give that up", said Cathy Jorgensen, a delegate from the farm-rich Central Valley.
Savage said he believes that most of the California voters are conservative and Feinstein, as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have "no standing" in the state. She doesn't use committee hearings as soapboxes - or, at least not the extent of some of her colleagues - and while she is certainly an advocate for Dreamers, she is also wary of shutting down the federal government to force a solution.
Perhaps best underscoring party tensions is the race between Feinstein and de Leon. Feinstein, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1992, received just 37 percent of the vote. Besides, she's the incumbent and an old pro. This is why they backed Kevin as he was a fresh candidate in the mix.