Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Feinstein's Reelection Bid Faces Opposition From the Left

Feinstein's Reelection Bid Faces Opposition From the Left

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California announced Monday that she will seek a fifth full term next year, ending months of speculation as a growing stable of possible Democratic successors sat in waiting.

Feinstein's reelection bid was quickly endorsed by fellow California Senator Kamala Harris. She said the change in gun laws must be permanent and codified by Congress, not addressed through regulations only. But in an era of all-out ideological resistance to the Trump presidency, she has drawn fire from progressives for some of her more moderate stances.

Feinstein also announced the run on Twitter, using an unverified account that remained dormant since 2013.

Feinstein, who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the first woman to hold that role.

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".

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), who has backed Justice Democrats, called Feinstein "out of touch with the grassroots" on economic and foreign policy.

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"From my perspective, I think Feinstein probably wins". "Safe Democratic seats are the place we should be representing core Democratic values".

Garcetti has repeatedly praised the work of Feinstein, saying he hoped she would run again.

Feinstein, 84, is California's senior senator and the oldest US senator in office.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Garcetti wrote, "In this topsy-turvy world of the Trump administration, we need her seniority and her experience now, more than ever", in an invitation to the fundraiser, which he is co-hosting with his wife, Amy Wakeland.

Beyond opposition from the left in the media and with some holding office, Feinstein may face problems with California voters.

"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.

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