Liberals are celebrating the announcement from Katie Porter (D-CA), congresswoman and House scourge of greedy CEOs, that she will seek to become California’s next senator.
Her announcement video is below.
Currently California is represented in the Senate by Democrats Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein, neither of whom has officially announced their retirement.
Padilla, 49, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the vacancy left by Kamala Harris when she elevated to the vice presidency, then won election to his first full term in the last cycle.
He’s likely to be in the Senate for years to come.
Feinstein, on the other hand, was first elected to the upper house in 1992 and is now 89.
Though a liberal icon, rumors have surfaced that she may retire soon.
It’s not clear at this point if Porter received Feinstein’s blessing or is simply trying to get a jump on things in case Feinstein does decide to retire.
The seasoned senator did file her necessary paperwork to run again in 2024, but this is perceived as a mere formality not necessarily indicative of her intentions.
Porter, who won a close election this past November to retain her House seat, is a social media darling who has made a name for herself as a single, mini-driving mom of three from Irvine who calls corporate abusers to the carpet and uses her whiteboard wizardry to illustrate the inequities and iniquities in our system.
Just this past October, for instance, she deftly demonstrated how most of the inflation we’re seeing has been caused by corporate greed.
Bigger corporate profits account for *over half* of the higher prices people are paying. pic.twitter.com/RZr5O0X4oJ
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) October 18, 2022
She was also a thorn in the side of the Trump administration.
Here she is going after Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury at the time:
The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) is responsible for preventing another financial crisis and had 36 employees at its peak.
Today, I asked Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin how many people work at FSOC today. It took him two minutes to produce the answer: ~10 pic.twitter.com/JQViyR4aOm
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) December 5, 2019
The Republicans can probably only imagine what a nightmare she would be to have in the Senate.
It’s still early, of course, and it’s hard to say what competition Porter might have for the seat.
But assuming that Feinstein does in fact retire, Porter will undoubtedly be a formidable opponent for any other Democrat in the primaries, and even more so if she does have Feinstein’s blessing.
California needs a warrior in the Senate—to stand up to special interests, fight the dangerous imbalance in our economy, and hold so-called leaders like Mitch McConnell accountable for rigging our democracy.
Today, I'm proud to announce my candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2024. pic.twitter.com/X1CSE8T12B
— Katie Porter (@katieporteroc) January 10, 2023
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