Of course Newsom picks a huge abortion supporter.
Of course California Gov. Gavin Newsom has his eyes on a huge abortion supporter to take over Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat.
Reports surfaced Sunday night stating Newsom will choose EMILY’s List President Laphonza Butler:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will appoint EMILY’s List President Laphonza Butler to fill the seat of the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, elevating the head of a fundraising juggernaut that works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Newsom is moving swiftly to name the next senator, two days after Feinstein’s death and just as a perilously split Congress narrowly averted a government shutdown. Senate Democrats are in need of every vote in the closely divided chamber.
The announcement was expected to come Monday, and an adviser to the governor, Anthony York, told POLITICO that Newsom is making his appointment without putting limitations or preconditions on his pick running for the seat in 2024. That means Butler could decide to join the sprawling and competitive field of Democratic contenders seeking to succeed Feinstein, with special elections now layered on top of the March primary and November runoff.
Newsom promised to appoint a black woman to Feinstein’s seat if she didn’t finish her term.
Butler will only serve through 2024 because that is when Feinstein’s term ends.
Butler could run for the seat but will face off against Reps. Barbara Lee, Katie Porter, and Adam Schiff.
Lee is a black woman, but Newsom said he wouldn’t pick someone who is running for the seat.
One problem. where does Butler reside? California or Maryland?
Interesting that Newsom’s reported choice for Senator from California lists her state of residence as Maryland in her X bio. pic.twitter.com/gFxU95HCjF
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