California governor Newsom will choose a black woman if Sen. Dianne Feinstein retires


California governor Gavin Newsom says he’ll appoint a black woman to the seat if 87-year-old senator Dianne Feinstein steps down

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that he would appoint a black woman to her seat if 87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein steps down 
  • Newsom was asked if he’d make that commitment by MSNBC host Joy Reid
  • ‘We have multiple names in mind and the answer is yes,’ Newsom answered 
  • Politico’s California Playbook reported that among those names are Reps. Karen Bass, Barbara Lee and San Francisco Mayor London Breed 
  • Feinstein is the oldest senator currently serving and hasn’t announced retirement but gave up her top spot on the Judiciary Committee last year 
  • She was criticized for complimenting GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s leadership after Republicans pushed Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination through 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that he would appoint a black woman to her seat if 87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein steps down. 

‘We have multiple names in mind and the answer is yes,’ Newsom told MSNBC’s Joy Reid. 

In December, Newsom selected California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Sen. Kamala Harris‘ seat in the weeks before she was sworn-in as vice president. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (right) told MSNBC’s Joy Reid (left) Monday that he would pick a black woman to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein if she stepped down 

87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein is the oldest person currently serving in the U.S. Senate. She was criticized for her handling of Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing in October and has suffered some age-related slips

87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein is the oldest person currently serving in the U.S. Senate. She was criticized for her handling of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing in October and has suffered some age-related slips 

Vice President Kamala Harris

California Sen. Alex Padilla

Vice President Kamala Harris (left) was replaced by Alex Padilla (right), the first Latino to represent California in the U.S. Senate. With Harris’ exit there are no black women currently serving in the Senate 

Padilla was a historical pick as the first Latino to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. 

But without Harris, there are zero black women currently serving in the U.S. Senate, and just three black men: Sens. Cory Booker and Raphael Warnock, both Democrats, and Tim Scott, a Republican.   

Feinstein hasn’t indicated that she’ll retire anytime soon.

Her office did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

There’s growing political pressure on the octogenarian after her handling of now Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings. 

Democrats were angered when Feinstein, as the Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, gave a hug to Chairman Lindsey Graham and complimented his handling of the hearings – which gave former President Donald Trump a third Supreme Court pick in four years, after Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell held up former President Barack Obama’s final Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland for 10 months, allowing Trump to fill the vacancy instead. 

San Francisco Mayor London Breed (pictured) is among the women on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's list to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein, according to Politico's California Playbook

San Francisco Mayor London Breed (pictured) is among the women on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s list to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein, according to Politico’s California Playbook 

Rep. Barbara Lee

Rep. Karen Bass

Also in the mix, according to Politico’s California Playbook are Reps. Barbara Lee (left) and Karen Bass (right) 

In late September and October, Republicans jammed through Barrett’s nomination – filling liberal stalwart Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat – within weeks, with hardly any resistance from Senate Democrats including Feinstein. 

Responding to criticism from some prominent Democratic groups, Feinstein announced in November she wouldn’t lead the Judiciary Committee in the next Congress.   

Feinstein, the oldest senator currently serving, has also had some age-related embarrassing moments – like asking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey the same exact question twice at a hearing, as captured in a New Yorker report

Politico’s California Playbook reported that on Newsom’s list were Reps. Karen Bass and Barbara Lee, along with San Francisco Mayor London Breed.  

Aimee Allison, the founder of She the People, a California group trying to get women of color in higher officer, told Politico that Newsom’s statement was a ‘game changer,’ calling his commitment ‘incredible – and long overdue.’   

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