On Thursday, California Rep. Adam Schiff announced that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Schiff, a Democrat, tweeted, “We’re in the fight of our lives—a fight I’m ready to lead as California’s next U.S. Senator.” Schiff joins Katie Porter, D-Calif., who announced she is running for the seat earlier this month. Dianne Feinstein has not yet announced her retirement but is widely expected to and Democrats are ready to fill her seat in order to shore up power. See Schiff’s announcement below:
Our democracy is at great risk. Because GOP leaders care more about power than anything else.
And because our economy isn’t working for millions of hard working Americans.
We’re in the fight of our lives—a fight I’m ready to lead as California’s next U.S. Senator. pic.twitter.com/H0Pa0EhhMu
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) January 26, 2023
“Today’s Republican Party is gutting the middle class. Threatening our democracy. They aren’t going to stop. We have to stop them,” Schiff said in a video announcing his bid. “That’s why I’m running for the U.S. Senate. The struggle isn’t over. Not for me, not for you, not for our country. Together we can and will win this fight,” he continued.
According to Axios:
Schiff, from Los Angeles County, cemented his national profile as a stalwart critic of former President Donald Trump after leading the country through his impeachment trial and months of serving on the Jan. 6 House Select Committee. Whoever wins could stay in this seat for decades: The senior senator has been in office since 1992. Feinstein — often at odds with progressives — fended off a challenger in 2018, but the left-wing of the Democratic Party has been trying to push her out for years. Even California’s Democratic Party declined to endorse Sen. Feinstein in that primary.