Feinstein Could Face Primary Challenge

One potential opponent, de León, brushed away 2018 talk.

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Kimberly Railey
Sept. 7, 2017, 10:43 a.m.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D) “recent suggestion that, given time, [President] Trump ‘can be a good president; — and her concession Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program might be on shaky legal ground — have emboldened her critics and turned a spotlight on her reelection plans. Buzz in state political circles increasingly centers on one prospective Democratic challenger, Kevin de León of Los Angeles, the first Latino to hold the powerful position of state Senate president pro tempore in more than 120 years.”

“Courtni Pugh, de León’s political director, sought to tamp down any 2018 talk. … Still, some de León supporters privately say that in recent days, the Senate president pro tem — once viewed as a potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate — has gotten a groundswell of support from backers urging him to look beyond the Capitol dome in Sacramento. … Many Democrats say that whether it’s de León or another up-and-coming Democrat, Feinstein will almost certainly have a race on her hands.” (Politico)


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