California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has announced she’ll seek her fifth full term in office.
Feinstein listed gun violence, climate change, health care and immigration as key reasons for her re-election bid Monday. She’ll likely once again be the favorite, but her decision to run has stirred unrest from within her own party.
Some high-profile Democratic politicians quickly endorsed Feinstein, including Sen. Kamala Harris and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. But others are less-enthused about the 84-year-old senator pursuing another six years in Washington.
Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna is taking the highly unusual path of vocally opposing a popular, sitting member of his own party.
"She’s not the person who’s going to lead California into the future on some of these issues, and there’s plenty of that type of conversation behind closed doors," Khanna said.
Khanna said he’s not running against her and it’s not about age, but Feinstein’s hawkish foreign policy positions and skepticism about single-payer health care.
But there is a deep bench of California Democrats eyeing the seat, as they speculated if she would retire. It would not be a surprise if one or more looked to run anyway, and give Feinstein her first serious challenge from within her own party.
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