Senator Dianne Feinstein defends her work performance and says she will not resign despite complaints from colleagues
Sen. Dianne Feinstein defended her service in the Senate representing California after The Chronicle reported that colleagues are concerned about her capacity to continue serving, and she stated that she has no plans to resign before the conclusion of her term, which runs until 2024.
“I interact with leaders on a regular basis,” Feinstein said in a conference call with Chronicle editorial board members on Thursday. “I’m not alone.” I notice people. My attendance is excellent. I worked long hours. We represent a sizable portion of the country. As a result, I’m perplexed by everything.”
Feinstein, 88, is a trailblazing woman and a veteran of California politics. However, four senators and a California Democratic member of Congress, as well as three former Feinstein employees, told The Chronicle that her short-term memory is failing her and that they are concerned about her capacity to appropriately serve California’s almost 40 million inhabitants.
“No, that communication has not been place,” Feinstein stated emphatically. “The real question is whether I can represent 40 million people effectively.”
Concerns about her short-term memory have generated discussions among her colleagues and allies about whether someone might persuade her to resign, according to the Chronicle, discussions tinged with regret for such a renowned figure’s deterioration. However, there is a sense of resignation that if she does not freely step down, there is nothing that can be done because the term she won in 2018 will finish in 2024.
Officials from California have remained silent on The Chronicle’s reporting and Feinstein’s performance. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who would appoint Feinstein’s replacement if she resigned before the end of her term, declined to comment.
However, a number of media personalities, academics, and political operators believe it supports term limits for federal politicians in general, not only in Feinstein’s instance.
Matt Rexroad, a senior California Republican political consultant, tweeted a link to the report, saying, “We need to have a dialogue about this problem broadly… not just this Senator.”
Sara Sadhwani, an assistant professor of politics at Pomona College, tweeted, “Term Limits wouldn’t be altogether horrible.”
“Eek. This is a DIFFICULT subject, but it’s far too vital to ignore. She is the voice of 40 million Californians!” Alyssa Farah, a television pundit and former communications officer for former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, agreed.
“Two senators are insufficient to actively defend the interests of California’s vast and varied population,” stated Matthew Yglesias, a writer and pundit. “Forcing all of that work to be done by just one senator Feinstein’s crew is truly doing a disservice to their voters.”