California’s longtime U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein, won’t be receiving the endorsement from the state’s Democratic Party in her bid for re-election this year.
The 84-year-old is running for her sixth term.
While the Party won’t be endorsing Feinstein, they also won’t be giving it to her lead primary challenger, State Sen. Kevin de Leon, either. De Leon recieved 54 percent to Feinstein’s 37 percent, but there is a 60 percent threshold to earn the endorsement, which neither cleared.
The moderate Feinstein may be missing the official endorsement, but in the latest poll from RealClearPolitics, she had a 29 point lead over the far left de Leon. However, it does speak to how those active in California’s Democratic Party are ready for change and how it’s changing.
“The outcome of today’s endorsement vote is an astounding rejection of politics as usual, and it boosts our campaign’s momentum as we all stand shoulder-to-shoulder against a complacent status quo,” said de Leon, according to Politico. “California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines.”
Feinstein has taken heat with her state’s party as she had the gall to hope Donald Trump could become a “good president.” She also admitted the truth about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was shaky on legal grounds. Which goes against the dogma of never saing anything regarding illegal immigrants or Barack Obama might be less than heavenly.
While it’s unlikely Feinstein will lose, it’s long past time for her to leave Washington, D.C. No one needs to be in Congress that long.