Majority of Californians think Feinstein not fit to serve, poll finds
Although she has since returned to the Hill, 52% of Democratic voters polled in California think she should step down, according to the poll. If that happens, Governor Gavin Newsom could appoint a replacement to complete the term.
But voters are unsure who they would support in a Senate primary, according to the poll. Republican attorney Eric Early has a slight lead with 18% of respondents – almost all Republicans. The Democrats are not far behind: Rep. Katie Porter polled at 17%, followed by Rep. Adam Schiff at 14 percent and Rep. Barbara Lee at 9 percent.
Since returning to Washington, Feinstein has adopted a lighter schedule, only appearing in the Senate for committee hearings or on the floor when his vote is essential. Once a leading voice against gun violence, she skipped a recent Democratic gun caucus meeting, and she hasn’t attended any committee business where her votes aren’t required.
A handful of House Democrats have openly called for his resignation while he was away and have not backed down. Other lawmakers are cautiously navigating the situation.
“We need her in committee and on the ground,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said last week, referring to Feinstein’s critical vote on judicial nominees who won’t have no GOP support. “We are doing our best to be sensitive to his condition.”
The eldest daughter of fellow Californian and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Corinne Prowda, was among the entourage of aides who escorted the senator up the hill.
Although there is a long and friendly relationship between Feinstein and the Pelosis, the custody arrangement has raised questions about whether Nancy Pelosi’s political interests conflict with Feinstein’s personal interests, POLITICO reported earlier. this month.