Feinstein Could Attract Independent, Conservative Voters

Issa indicated he’d vote for her over a more liberal opponent.

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Nia Prater
March 5, 2018, 10:48 a.m.

Her moderate tendencies might’ve played a role in Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) losing out on an endorsement from the state Democratic Party. But those might be the factors that allow her to win.

In a contest without a viable Republican candidate, Feinstein’s more moderate policy views might be able to sway independent and conservative-minded voters who find state Senate President Kevin de León (D) too liberal.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-49): “Will I vote for her? Compared to some progressive crazies like Kamala Harris? Yeah. Our senior senator has been liberal. She just isn’t liberal enough for the Democratic Party anymore, apparently.”

Feinstein: “We’ve always made the broadest reach possible … I would assume I’m going to run a statewide campaign for everybody.”

De León has said he respects Feinstein for trying to get President Trump on board with her gun legislation, but that he is “wary of trusting a president who has betrayed both Democrats and Republicans on deals like this before. I’ve seen this movie before, and it has a bad ending.”

On de León, Feinstein at first said she had never met him before. But after a staffer reminded her of their meeting in January when de León went to Capitol Hill to lobby for immigration legislation, Feinstein said, “Oh, that’s right; I did. Yes, he was quite pleasant.” (Washington Post)


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