One of the reasons Democrats are concerned about the California recall election is that it has the potential to shift the Senate’s power balance.
Dianne Feinstein is a senior senator who will be replaced by the governor of California if she retires.
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If Larry Elder is the governor, he will appoint a Republican.
According to FOX News,
If Larry Elder wins the California recall election, he claims he will replace Dianne Feinstein with a Republican.
Larry Elder, a gubernatorial contender in California’s recall election against Gavin Newsom, claimed he would replace Democrat U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein with a Republican.
“God forbid Gov. Elder should replace Dianne Feinstein who nobody’s seen in weeks,” Elder told Mark Levin on his radio show Friday. “I’m told she has a worse mental condition than even Joe Biden. They’re afraid I’m would replace her with a Republican — which I most certainly would do and that would be an earthquake in Washington D.C.”
Feinstein, now 88 years old, has served in the Senate since the early 1990s and says she has no plans to step down despite some Democrats hoping she would. A New Yorker piece that came out last year reported House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and others had been concerned about her memory and ability to focus, especially during the Justice Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings. Feinstein balked at the criticism.
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If Elder were to become governor and Feinstein were to retire, Republicans would be able to retake control of the Senate (currently split 50-48, with two independents caucusing with the Democrats to even the divide). Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, breaks ties.
I think Dianne Feinstein needs to retire NOW!
Just in case.
Just like Justice Breyer needs to retire NOW!
Just in case.
— Pam Keith, Esq. (@PamKeithFL) August 30, 2021
Feinstein has dementia and if Californians don't vote "No" on the recall we will lose the Senate. How many times do I need to scream this into the wind? https://t.co/PLj450dbSI
— Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) August 30, 2021
If Newsom loses his recall election in California and, down the line, a @GOP governor appoints Sen. Dianne Feinstein's replacement, we could be back to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) September 3, 2021