Citing a need for unity, Sen. Dianne Feinstein won’t seek the California Democratic Party endorsement she was unlikely to receive anyway in her re-election campaign.
“I am respectfully asking you to vote no endorsement in the U.S. Senate race,” Feinstein said in a “Dear Friend” letter to the 350-plus party executive board members who will vote on the endorsements July 14 in Oakland. “Republicans would like nothing more than to see Democrats fighting each other … at the exact time we need to come together and focus on the general election.”
The party’s increasingly progressive rank and file has moved from Feinstein’s more moderate and pragmatic views.
It saves her a lot of embarrassment.
For Kevin de León’s supporters, Feinstein’s announcement was little more than a face-saving measure after she realized that her chance of winning an outright endorsement was slim at best.