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Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘c colleagues are not waiting for her to formally announce her retirement from the US Senate before endorsing successor candidates: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) threw his “full support” behind Rep. Kate Porterthe Orange Country legislator and protégé of Warren running to replace the 89-year-old senator from California.
“Katie makes it because she’s smart and has a spine made of steel,” Warren said in her approval. “She is exactly what Californians need as their next senator.”
Warren’s early acceptance of Porter’s candidacy was a de facto snub to Feinstein, but also a reflection of the decades-long personal and professional relationship between Warren and Porter. The Massachusetts liberal hotbed has long been close to Porter, who first met the former Harvard law professor as a student in Warren’s bankruptcy law course. Warren took Porter, herself an aspiring law professor, under her wing and hired her as a researcher for one of Warren’s major bankruptcy projects. The two co-authored faculty law textbook published in 2020, a time when both have abandoned teaching law for careers in Congress.
Warren told some of that story in her endorsement announcement. “I met Katie long before either of us imagined we would serve as elected officials,” she wrote. “Even as a young student in my consumer law class, she showed a deep commitment to making a difference in people’s lives.”
Warren’s son Alex served as treasurer of Porter’s first campaign for Congress in 2018. Porter was an early surrogate for Warren in the 2020 presidential election. Both have sent each other fundraising emails during their parallel political careers and have smeared each other’s books. Porter had even named her daughter Betsy in honor of her early mentor.
Porter announced his Senate bid on Tuesday and raised $1.3 million in the 24 hours since. The field of candidates vying for Feinstein’s seat, which she has held since 1992, is expected to be crowded. Rep. Barbara Lee announced Wednesday that she is also running, and Reps. Ro Hanna and Adam Schiff are also eyeing the race.
Feinstein has not yet said whether she will run for re-election, although she is expected to withdraw. Feinstein has reportedly suffered cognitive decline in recent years, raising questions about her continued fitness to serve. She struggled to remember the names of colleagues and their home countries, according to reports from San Francisco Chronicleas well as details of meetings and phone calls, New York Times I learned.
However, Feinstein is committed to seeing out her term, which runs until the end of 2024.
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