The California Democratic Party is breaking up with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 84. Amidst her re-election bid this year, the group has refused to endorse her.
Instead, the party’s annual convention held a vote and the majority went to her primary challenger, the progressive State Sen. Kevin de Leon, by a 54% advantage verses 37% for the more “moderate” Feinstein.
However, due to failing to reach the required 60% threshold, neither candidates will receive the state party’s endorsement.
— CA Democratic Party (@CA_Dem) February 25, 2018
“And Feinstein leads de Leon by 29 percentage points in the primary race, according to the most recent RealClearPolitics polls average,” reports Fox News.
“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,” de Leon said during a Politico interview. “California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines.”
This re-election bid will be Feinstein’s sixth run, she is currently the oldest serving Senator.
“Feinstein took heat last fall from some on the left after appearing to voice optimism about Trump becoming ‘a good president.’ Feinstein also recently said that former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which Trump is ending, was on shaky legal ground,” the Fox News report continued. “DACA provides a level of amnesty to certain illegal immigrants — many of whom came to the U.S. as children.”
Feinstein will be hard to beat for her opponents due to her strong establishment support.
The scary thought behind this is that as liberal as Feinstein is, the party is looking for someone more “liberal” or should we say, “progressive” than her.