Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) could make a play for the U.S. Senate if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) retires in 2024, the Conservative Brief reported. However, he would face a crowded field of fellow Democrats vying for the coveted seat.
Feinstein is 89 years old and has served in the upper chamber since 1992. She has not announced her plans to retire, but many who see the writing on the wall are attempting to position themselves favorably.
Last month, Schiff was asked about his intentions during an interview with Elex Michaelson, host of "The Issue Is" on KTTA. Michaelson pointed out Feinstein's age and asked whether Schiff would consider replacing her should the opportunity present itself.
"Well, I'm not usually asked the question in that form. You know, look, I am getting a lot of encouragement to run for the Senate from people in California and colleagues here in Congress," Schiff said.
"If Senator Feinstein retires, then I will give it very serious consideration. You know, at this point, I think we're waiting to see what Senator Feinstein has to say about her plans, but yes, it is something I'm giving serious consideration to," Schiff added.
Still, Schiff is not a certainty for the position despite his spot on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Other California Democrats are also eyeing the seat, like Reps. Barbara Lee and Katie Porter.
However, it was Porter who formally announced her intention to run for Feinstein's seat. "California needs a warrior in the Senate — to stand up to special interests, fight the dangerous imbalance in our economy, and hold so-called leaders like Mitch McConnell accountable for rigging our democracy," Porter tweeted Tuesday.
"Today, I'm proud to announce my candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2024," she added. Porter has the advantage of coffers full of some $7.7 million, having raised $25 million in the last election, according to Politico.
Unfortunately, the timing for the three-term congresswoman may work against her. In a statement following her announcement, Feinstein said that "everyone is, of course, welcome to throw their hat in the ring" and that she would reveal her 2024 plans "at the appropriate time," alluding to the state's current crisis.
The Golden State is experiencing record flooding, and Feinstein stated that was her priority. "Right now, I'm focused on ensuring California has all the resources it needs to cope with the devastating storms slamming the state and leaving more than a dozen dead," she said in a statement.
Schiff seemed to have the same thinly-veiled criticism for Porter for making her announcement so early and during a disaster. He said he was "perplexed" by her choice of timing.
Another likely candidate, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), was smarter in hedging against such critics when he said he wouldn't make his decision "for a few months" when asked Tuesday. "I'm just so focused on the flooding in my district and on the storms this week, so I'm focused on that," Khanna said.
"We just got done with an election. I'm not making any decisions for a few months," Khanna added.
The 2024 elections are far off in the distance, but Washington, D.C. politics is cut-throat enough to make it relevant now. Schiff may think his high-profile hatred for former President Donald Trump is enough to set him apart from the pack -- but it's still anyone's race so far out.