Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared who her pick would be if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) decides to retire.
On Thursday, Pelosi issued a statement endorsing Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
“If Senator Feinstein decides to seek re-election, she has my whole-hearted support,” Pelosi said.
She added, “If she decides not to run, I will be supporting House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, who knows well the nexus between a strong democracy and a strong economy.”
According to Pelosi, in Schiff’s service in the House, “He has focused on strengthening our Democracy with justice and on building an economy that works for all.”
The former House speaker continued, “Ever since I supported Adam in his race for Congress in 2000, I have known his commitment to putting the American Dream in place for everyone.”
Concluding her statement, Pelosi argued Schiff would be “effective from the start in putting People Over Politics and advancing an economy that works safely and for everyone.”
Read Pelosi’s statement below:
PELOSI endorses Schiff for Senate *if* Feinstein retires pic.twitter.com/yYB9YrdcG3— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 2, 2023
Schiff made the announcement he would be running for Senate last month, as IJR reported.
“Our democracy is at great risk. Because GOP leaders care more about power than anything else. And because our economy isn’t working for millions of hard working Americans,” Schiff said on Twitter.
He added, “We’re in the fight of our lives — a fight I’m ready to lead as California’s next U.S. Senator.”
Schiff’s announcement came after that of Rep. Katie Porter’s (D-Calif.).
Feinstein, who is 89 years old, has yet to announce whether she will be retiring or not.
The Washington Post noted Feinstein is the oldest sitting senator and has for years avoided questions about her age and ability to serve.
It was reported on Wednesday that donors are avoiding Feinstein as she continues to hold off on an announcement about her retirement.
Feinstein only raised $558.91 from October to December 2022, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.