Dianne Feinstein running for reelection next year in face of liberal angst
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Oct 10, 2017,
Oct 10, 2017, 0:30
Dianne Feinstein (D) announced Monday that she will run for re-election next year.
Feinstein, 84, said in a Facebook post that while she's "immensely proud of my service", there is more she wants to do "from ending gun violence, to combating climate change, to ensuring proper and affordable access to healthcare, and to giving DREAMers the chance to stay in the United States". "I'm all in!" the tweet said, a statement Feinstein's spokesperson confirmed as accurate.
On Sunday, Feinstein hinted in a national television interview that she was likely to run again, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" that she was close to a formal decision.
Feinstein is the oldest USA senator but among several octogenarians, including Republicans Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Richard Shelby, Jim Inhofe, Pat Roberts and John McCain. If elected, this will be her fifth term.
The powerful lobby last week surprised many gun control advocates by embracing possible restrictions on the bump stock devices in the wake of the shootings that killed more than 50 people and injured 500, prompting bipartisan support in Congress for regulating or banning bump stocks.
A fierce advocate for stricter gun laws and restrictions on semiautomatic weapons, Feinstein responded to the Las Vegas shooting - the deadliest mass shooting in recent USA history - by calling for a ban on bump stocks, devices that allow some semiautomatic weapons to mimic an automatic weapon, which are illegal.
Feinstein said she supports DACA, but acknowledged the administration's argument that the order is on shaky legal ground. Congressional Republicans and President Trump have, however, called for a review of federal policy that now permits bump stocks. "We are better off with her leadership and I look forward to continuing to fight together for California in the Senate".
I am running for reelection to the Senate. And most of the elected Democrats in the state are expected to back Feinstein. Sen.
Feinstein's California colleague, Sen.