Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has announced his run for U.S. Senate.
Schiff officially launched his campaign for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat.
Feinstein is 89 years old and has been in the Senate since 1992, so it’s likely she’ll retire after her current term.
Although Feinstein has filed paperwork to seek re-election in 2024, she has yet to announce her intentions.
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With the addition of Schiff to the race, it appears to be a competitive Democratic primary.
However, Schiff reportedly received Feinstein’s “blessing” to run.
“I look forward to campaigning hard in this race, meeting Californians where they are, and listening to what they want from their next Senator. I hope to earn their votes and their trust,” Schiff said in a statement
BREAKING: Rep. Adam Schiff announces run for U.S. Senate in California.
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“I’m running for U.S. Senate because we’re in the fight of our lives to preserve our democracy & build an economy that works for everyone,” Schiff said.
NEWS: @AdamSchiff makes it official:
“I’m running for U.S. Senate because we’re in the fight of our lives to preserve our democracy & build an economy that works for everyone.”
In the first interview of his campaign, he tells me @SenFeinstein gave him her “blessing” to run. pic.twitter.com/nVGc73O0JG
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) January 26, 2023
FOX 11 Los Angeles provided additional coverage:
Schiff is the latest Democrat to jump into the primary, joining fellow California Rep. Katie Porter, who announced her bid earlier this month. Multiple sources told CNN earlier this month that Rep. Barbara Lee told her colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus during a closed-door meeting that she plans to run for the Senate as well.
California Lt. Gov Eleni Kounalakis, California Attorney General Rob Bonta and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, a former longtime member of Congress, are among other potential candidates.
CNN previously reported that Schiff had met with Feinstein, a mentor of his, in December to tell her that he was thinking about running, in what a source familiar with the meeting said was intended to show her due respect.
Feinstein said Wednesday that she’ll make a decision about whether to run “probably in a couple of months,” and mentioned taking time after the death of her husband.
“Oh, I think it’s fine. I think people should if they want to run, run. For me, I just need a little bit more time,” she said.
In the House, Schiff was recently booted off the House Intelligence Committee.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy rejected the appointments of Rep. Schiff and Rep. Swalwell.
“I am committed to returning the @HouseIntel Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that regains the trust of the American people,” McCarthy wrote.
I have rejected the appointments of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee.
I am committed to returning the @HouseIntel Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that regains the trust of the American people. pic.twitter.com/ePxlbanxta
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 25, 2023
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