Dianne Feinstein has served California extremely well. Give her time to bow out
Sen. Dianne Feinstein speaks at an election night event in San Francisco on Nov. 6, 2018. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
To the Editor: Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is alive and well and serving California with knowledge, competence and distinction. Regardless, like many birds circling their prey, politicians are publicly declaring their intention to run for her seat at the next election, either privately maneuvering to do so, or hoping to oust her before her term expires. her mandate after two years.
Whether she runs in 2024 is up to her. The latest attack by those who wish to replace him seems premature, inappropriate and disrespectful.
Feinstein had a remarkable career that all Californians should celebrate. Instead, we seem to be pushing it prematurely so that someone else can take its place.
I have admired Feinstein’s great accomplishments as a woman, a pioneer, and a Californian. I appreciate everything she has done for us and the nation. She deserves our respect and gratitude.
Please calm down and give her the space she needs to finish her term with dignity.
Francine Oschin, Encino
To the editor: Feinstein has served the people of California with distinction. However, everyone reaches a point in their respective careers when they have to leave. Only one person knows if Feinstein understands this fact.
Would it ever have been the perfect time for Porter to announce her candidacy for the US Senate? The answer is no.
Porter’s actions put Feinstein and other presumptive candidates on notice that the senator’s office is up for grabs in 2024 and the time for being politically embarrassing is over.
Robert Matthews, San Clemente
To the editor: Columnist Mark Z. Barabak welcomes the candidacy of Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) for Feinstein’s Senate seat. His column in the print edition accompanies a provocative photo of Porter reading a book, pointedly ignoring House Republicans’ disjointed efforts to elect a new speaker.
Barabak doesn’t mention that photo, perhaps because the book’s obvious all-caps title somehow communicates Porter’s disdain for Republican mayhem — as if Porter himself were engaging in “The Subtle Art of Not Giving Up a Punch.”
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Even with a star toning down the headline’s profanity, Porter made clear her distaste for the unseemly machinations of GOP leaders. Let’s hope they got her message, one that most Americans wholeheartedly support.
Devra Mindell, Santa Monica
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.