Schiff kicks off California Senate bid


Schiff is entering a crowded Senate field that’s likely to test alliances in the nation’s largest state. Incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), has repeatedly declined to announce her plans yet, but Democrats largely expect the 89-year-old Senate veteran to step aside.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) already entered the race and is trying to carve out a progressive lane, and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a longtime liberal leader, has privately signaled to her colleagues she intends to run, though she has not yet made a formal announcement.

Top House Democratic leaders are signaling they’ll remain neutral in the contest between the California heavyweights.

“I think there are a few members of the caucus who are running for the United States Senate and I wish all of them well,” House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said in a brief interview Thursday. “We’re going to miss them, but I wish all of them well in their political endeavors.”


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