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Feinstein: Family Health Issues Affecting Timing of 2018 Announcement

She faced a rowdy town hall.

Kimberly Railey
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Kimberly Railey
April 21, 2017, 9:54 a.m.

Sen. Di­anne Fein­stein (D) “said Thursday she is wait­ing for some fam­ily health is­sues to be re­solved be­fore she an­nounces wheth­er she’ll run for an­oth­er term in 2018.”

“The time is com­ing, be as­sured. I’ve had reas­ons for wait­ing, and so once those prob­lems are solved, I’ll let you know,” Fein­stein said.

“Fein­stein wouldn’t give more de­tails about the fam­ily is­sue, but she skipped the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Con­ven­tion in Phil­adelphia last sum­mer after her hus­band, Richard Blum, was dia­gnosed with lung can­cer. She her­self was fit­ted with a pace­maker in Janu­ary, rais­ing ad­di­tion­al ques­tions about wheth­er she plans to run.” (Los Angeles Times)

TOWN HALL. Fein­stein “at­temp­ted to field ques­tions on an ar­ray of is­sues from frus­trated con­stitu­ents dur­ing a fren­zied town hall Thursday morn­ing in Los Angeles. The sold out town hall drew about a thou­sand people to the First AME Church in South Los Angeles. There were also pro­test­ers out­side the church. The crowd of­ten shouted their dis­ap­poin­ted with the sen­at­or. At one point, she was asked if she would be co-spon­sor­ing a single-pay­er health­care bill with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and she re­spon­ded no.”

“She wouldn’t say wheth­er she plans to seek reelec­tion.” (CBSLA.com)

LOOK­ING AHEAD. Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-28) “fast-rising pro­file” as rank­ing mem­ber of the House In­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee and pub­lic face of the con­gres­sion­al in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to Rus­sia’s in­flu­ence on the 2016 elec­tions “is fuel­ing spec­u­la­tion he might be lay­ing the ground­work for a run for high­er of­fice — for the Sen­ate or gov­ernor’s man­sion, or maybe even the White House. Schiff him­self ac­know­ledges har­bor­ing grander am­bi­tions but adds the ob­lig­at­ory qual­i­fi­ers in an in­ter­view: He’s busy with his cur­rent job and hopes that” Fein­stein “will seek reelec­tion in 2018.” (Politico)

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