Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) hasn't had her best year, and much of that is due to her health and age-related cognitive struggles.
There have been growing calls for her retirement to take place sooner than later, from within the ranks of her own party. As speculation grows as to whether she'll be able to finish her term, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recently spoke on the matter.
According to the Washington Examiner, should Feinstein vacate her seat for whatever reason, he would appoint an interim replacement senator.
Newsom said the appointment would not be one of the three California Democrats currently running for her seat for next term.
In a recent interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," the governor explained why he would choose someone other than the three Democrats currently vying for the soon-to-be-open seat.
"Yes. Interim appointment. I don’t want to get involved in the primary," Newsom clarified.
"It would be completely unfair to the Democrats that have worked their tail off," Newsom added. "That primary is just a matter of months away. I don’t want to tip the balance of that."
Newsome was referencing Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Katie Porter (D-CA), all of whom want to win Feinstein's seat. Schiff is currently thought to be the frontrunner.
🚨Report: California Governor Gavin Newsom says he would make an interim choice if Dianne Feinstein vacates her Senate seat. pic.twitter.com/TYAZOSq2li
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) September 10, 2023
The Examiner noted:
Speaking directly on the possibility of Feinstein stepping down as the 90-year-old Democrat has experienced broader health complications from the shingles virus earlier this year, Newsom said he’s “the most subjective human being in the world on this topic.”
Newsom, playing favor with the woke crowd, pledged to fill Feinstein's seat, should it come open early, with a Black woman. He said he would still fulfill that promise should the need arise.
"We hope we never have to make this decision," the Democratic governor said. "I abide by what I've said very publicly on a consistent basis."
Gavin Newsom would make an 'interim appointment' if Dianne Feinstein vacates her seat
Fact: Gavin never said “Caretaker”, Chuck did but Barbara Lee and the media is saying he said something he didn’t. They exhaust me. https://t.co/KiHC27Oixt
— Candidly Tiff (@tify330) September 11, 2023
Only time will tell if Newsom has to make the call. Many hope it's sooner than later.