10 October, 2017
Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat who has represented California in the Senate since 1992, announced on Monday that she would run for reelection in 2018.
Feinstein, who was the mayor of San Francisco for a decade before her Senate career, has been among the most outspoken voices on issues like gun violence and torture during her long legislative tenure.
California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, who is rumored to be a potential primary challenger, has been critical of Feinstein in recent weeks for her comments on President Donald Trump and suggestion that new gun laws could not have prevented the Las Vegas shooting.
The 84-year-old Feinstein has, until this week, deflected questions about seeking a full fifth term, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday: "I'm in a position where I can be effective".
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Feinstein said her narrowly-tailored proposal should be sufficient to earn bipartisan support, but so far, no Republican has signed on as a co-sponsor.
Feinstein also has continuously expressed reservations about the so-called single-payer health care plan championed by many progressives, including Vermont Independent Sen.
However, when reminded of her age, a mere 38 percent said it would be good for her to run again, while 62 percent say it would be a bad idea. Kamala Harris and a rising star among liberals, quickly endorsed Feinstein in a Facebook post.
"What Californians get from Dianne is someone who sticks to her principles and achieves results regardless of powerful opponents, from the assault weapons ban to the Central Intelligence Agency torture report", Harris said.
"Her policies are completely out of touch with California Democrats, and we think she'd be more at home in a Republican primary", said Corbin Trent, a member of the group.