California Dems Want GOP Challenger Out of Senate Contest

( – The Senate contest in California will pit Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff against Republican Steve Garvey following Schiff’s victory over Katie Porter and Barbara Lee to secure the Democratic nomination. Former baseball star Garvey warned Mr. Schiff not to underestimate him despite the Democrats’ dominance across the Golden State, which has not returned a Republican Senator to Washington since 1988. The race between the two men for the seat held by the late Dianne Feinstein means that a female Senator will not represent California for the first time in 30 years.

Toward the close of the Democrat campaign, Rep. Schiff lashed out at Donald Trump, whereas Porter focused on working-class issues and tackling corporate power. Schiff ran an ad campaign against Steve Garvey early on, signaling an attempt to freeze out Rep. Porter and position himself as the presumptive candidate.

Taking aim at Donald Trump, Mr. Schiff focused his campaign on protecting America’s democracy from a “would-be dictator.” He also said he would work for a better economy for the millions of Americans who are “struggling to get by.”

Mr. Schiff previously came under fire, however, for taking a pro-Israel position in the famously left-wing state. Having endorsed Israel’s right to self-defense, the Congressman appeared to shift his position during his victory rally when he said his stance was “the same as the administration.” He called for an immediate ceasefire in the Hamas-Israel conflict.

Nevertheless, his speech was marred by crowds of pro-Palestinian protestors who drowned out the Jewish Congressman’s remarks with chants of “Free Palestine,” “Ceasefire now,” and “Let Gaza live.”

The Senate seat came up for grabs when veteran lawmaker Dianne Feinstein died last September at 90. Feinstein entered the Senate in 1992 and was the old sitting Member of Congress at the time of her death. The trailblazer was the first female Mayor of San Francisco, the first woman to head the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the first woman to serve as the Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat.

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