As more and more candidates position themselves for the 2024 election, which is likely to prove crucial in deciding the majority in the U.S. Senate, Dianne Feinstein's seat remains a top talking point for Democrats, as the longtime senator is expected to retire at the end of her current term.
With Representative Katie Porter having already entered herself into the race as a possible replacement, another top Democrat has declared his intention to run for the position, as former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has announced that he will enter the race for Feinstein's seat. Schiff was recently kicked off of the House Intelligence Committee by Speaker Kevin McCarthy, along with Rep. Eric Swalwell.
“The fight for our democracy and working families is part of the same struggle. Because if our democracy isn’t delivering for Americans, they’ll look for alternatives, like a dangerous demagogue who promises that he alone can fix it,” Schiff said in a press release. “We need a fighter in the U.S. Senate who has been at the center of the struggle for our democracy and our economy.”
Schiff acknowledged that Feinstein has not officially announced whether or not she will retire, but with the expectation being that she will, he has worked proactively to put his full effort into vying to be her replacement.
“I have just tremendous respect for her and — more than respect — admiration and affection,” Schiff said of Feinstein, speaking to The Los Angeles Times.
“I think she will make her own decision about an announcement when she feels ready to do so,” he continued. “She’s earned that right, and I certainly respect her to do that whenever she determines the time is right.”
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