Earlier this week, we reported that sources close to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) were saying that she was “seriously struggling” and was in a cognitive decline.
Now, things have gotten even worse for her, as a reporter with the Los Angeles Times is calling on her to resign so that Governor Gavin Newsom can appoint a “Black or Latino” Democrat in her place.
LA Times columnist Erika Smith published a piece on Thursday in which she suggested that Newsom should be filling two vacant Senate seats instead of just the one replacing Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. She explained that this means he should appoint both a Black and Latino to the Senate instead of sacrificing one for the other.
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“Representation does matter, and the more I listen to Black and Latino leaders demand it on behalf of a state that is becoming more diverse every year, the less I understand why our senior senator is still in office, blocking progress,” Smith wrote. “At 87 years old, Feinstein is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, a member of the Silent Generation in a state dominated by people under 40. She is a wealthy woman in a state overrun with poverty, and the homelessness that too often accompanies it.”
“Given all of this, it would make perfect sense for Feinstein to be selfless and retire early with California’s gratitude for a distinguished career,” she added. “Now is absolutely the time to be an ally to communities of color and let another younger lawmaker represent the evolving values of this state. For to adequately address the many long-standing, race-based disparities in everything from healthcare to housing, California needs a Black senator and a Latino senator.”
Though Feinstein’s current term does not end until 2025, she recently announced that she will be stepping down as the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
This comes after sources told The New Yorker that Feinstein is “seriously struggling” and that her short-term memory “has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic, accusing her staff of failing to do so just after they have.”