Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who at 84 is the Senate’s oldest current member, could be gearing up for another run in spite of polls showing her decreasing popularity among California’s left-wing electorate.
In a Sunday interview with NBC News’ Meet the Press, Feinstein said the public would find out “very shortly” whether she will run for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate next year.
A poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies found that 45 percent of registered voters would cast their ballots for Feinstein should she decided to run again. Another poll taken by Berkeley in March found that 48 percent of voters saw her reelection as a good thing, while 52 percent thought it would be a bad thing.
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.
“There are polls and then there are polls,” Sen. Weinstein told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “I’m ready for a good fight. I’ve got things to fight for. I’m in a position where I can be effective, and hopefully that means something to California,” Feinstein said.
“That sounds like you’ve just announced your reelection bid. Close?,” host Chuck Todd asked.
“Close,” Feinstein responded.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is reportedly hosting a fundraiser for Feinstein.
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.
Garcetti also wrote, “Senator Feinstein is not just principled, she is powerful.”
California’s increasingly progressive political environment has left more “moderate” Democratic candidates on the defense. Feinstein, for one, has been targeted by the Golden State’s far-left members who have attacked her for not being liberal enough.
In August, she was booed when she said “we have to have some patience” with President Donald Trump and suggested that he could improve, and possibly “be a good president.” She also told the audience that Trump would likely serve four full years.
This angered the radicals in the crowd, many of whom have committed their time to attending “Resist!” rallies and shouting for Trump to be impeached.