(RepublicanDaily.org) – The GOP has blocked a motion by Democrats to temporarily swap Senator Dianne Feinstein (D. California) on the House Judiciary Committee, leaving Democrats with a “ conundrum” The New York Times reported. Feinstein is 89 years old and has been absent from Congress for long periods, due to complications of a shingles diagnosis.
As Feinstein’s absence continued, “nearly two-thirds” of Democrats said the elderly senator should resign, The Hill reported. The poll published by The Hill was taken by The Economist /YouGov between April 15 and April 18 and reflected that about 65 percent of Americans, including 64 percent of Democrats, believed the Senator should resign. The poll found that 78 percent of Americans who did not “have a favorable view” of Feinstein felt she should resign. The poll also found that 64 percent of Americans who “did have a favorable view” of the senator called for her resignation.
The poll also found that 48 percent of surveyed Americans felt old age “hurt” the duties of Senators by making them have to work harder in office.
Feinstein occupies a Senate seat highly coveted by the younger generation of California Democrats. When the Senator resigns, the seat will be open for a special election. Some Democrats have so highly anticipated her resignation that they have begun campaign fundraising. As the race to replace Feinstein shapes up to be “very expensive,” the California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff is “leading the California Senate field” in fundraisers for the candidacy to replace her, NBC News reported.
As the “pack leader” in campaign fundraisers, Schiff has earned $6.5 million toward the Senate race, in the first quarter of the year. He ended the quarter of the year with $24.6 million in his campaign checking account, NBC reported.
Second behind Schiff reportedly came Representative Katie Porter, who raised $4.5 million in the first quarter and closed with $9.4 million on hand.
Third in the lineup reportedly was Democratic Rep Barbara Lee, who raised $1 million in the first 2023 quarter and ended the quarter with $1.15 million on hand.
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