50% of her constituents oppose her running for re-election, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is doing it anyway.
And it’s not just voters who are against her re-election bid. Feinstein’s announcement has put Bernie Sanders-progressives on the same page as many in the California Democratic establishment, setting the stage for massive primary battle in a state that’s become the epicenter of “The Resistance.”
Vox: Sen. Dianne Feinstein is running for reelection. The left isn't happy about it. "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 of the Bernie Sanders-inspired group Justice Democrats, vowing to back a primary challenger.
NBC News: Feinstein Announces Re-Election, Democratic War Looms. Feinstein has bucked the left-wing of her party on occasion, including during the state's recent push to enact single-payer healthcare, and she is almost certain to face a primary challenge. On social media, allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., were quick to express their hunger for a fight.
🚨🚨🚨— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) October 9, 2017
This will cause great agita among many Calif progressives https://t.co/ffCSFPtJpl
- An even bigger threat might come from more established Democrats, like state Senate President Kevin de Leon, who has been openly considering a run for months. Or from someone who could self-fund what's sure to be an expensive campaign, like progressive billionaire Tom Steyer. Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the liberal Daily Kos blog, which is based in the Bay Area, said he wants to work with de Leon to "beat the most pro-Trump Blue-state Dem in the country!"