California Democratic Party doesn't endorse Feinstein re-election bid

California Democratic Party doesn't endorse Feinstein re-election bid”

Seeking her fifth term as US Senator, California Democrats declined to endorse incumbent Dianne Feinstein at the party's annual convention over the weekend. "State Senate leader Kevin de León, who is challenging Feinstein from the left, won the support of 54 percent of the Democratic delegates, compared to 37 percent support for Feinstein". However, de Leon also failed to attain the 60% support needed to secure the official endorsement of the party.

As de León highlighted in his convention speech, Feinstein voted in support of the war in Iraq and granting intelligence agencies the authority to spy on American citizens without a warrant. Everybody in the room knew who he was talking about; Dianne Feinstein, who has been in the political business since the 1960s, is an old establishmentarian who needs to move over and make way for the next generation of Democratic Party leaders. Behind in the polls by an average of twenty-five points with nine months to go, de Leon milked Feinstein's defeat for all it was worth. She did not get the endorsement from the Democratic Party. De Leon questioned, among other things, remarks Feinstein had made that were interpreted by many Democratic activists here as sympathetic to Trump, and suggested she was too conventional in taking on the White House.

"The days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue, and triangulating at the margins are over", he said. Many of them don't like her pragmatism on law and order issues or her unwillingness to fight President Donald Trump on everything he tweets and everything he proposes. It means neither candidate will receive a boost of campaign money from the party heading into the June primary.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor crafting himself as a warrior for progressive ideals, took 39 percent of the vote, with state Treasurer John Chiang and former state schools chief Delaine Easton not far behind.

Perhaps best underscoring party tensions is the race between Feinstein and de Leon.

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