On Wednesday, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) called on Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to retire, claiming it has gotten “obvious” that she is no longer able to execute her duties in the United States Senate.
Feinstein, 89, has struggled with health concerns in recent years and was admitted to the hospital last month after she was diagnosed with shingles.
“It’s about time for @SenFeinstein to step down,” Khanna tweeted. “We have to prioritize our country over personal loyalty. Despite a lifetime of public service, it is clear that she is no longer capable of performing her obligations.”
“In order to maintain our credibility as the people’s chosen representatives, we must speak up,” he continued.
After months of thought, Khanna informed CNN last month that he will not compete for Feinstein’s seat, but would instead support Barbara Lee (D-LA).
Khanna told Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that “he had come to the conclusion that, despite a lot of support from Bernie supporters, the House of Representatives was the best, most exciting, and most active venue for him to serve as a progressive.”
“I’m honored to have the privilege of co-chairing Barbara Lee’s Senate campaign and endorsing her today,” he said. “We need a strong anti-war senator, and she will serve in that capacity.”
Democrats have been concerned for some time about Feinstein’s ability to continue serving in the United States Senate.
Her office announced on Twitter in February that she would not run for re-election.
“I’m announcing today that I won’t be running for reelection in 2024, but I plan to achieve as many things for California as possible before my term ends at the end of 2024,” Feinstein posted on Twitter. “Even if we have a divided Congress, we are able to approve legislation that will improve people’s lives.”
“We were all sent here to solve issues. For the past 30 years, I’ve been doing that, and for the next two years, I’ll continue doing it,” she continued. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of California.”
When questioned about her choice to retire, Feinstein seemed perplexed.
“I haven’t decided yet,” she told reporters. “I haven’t made anything public.”
One of her staff members informed her that they had “issued the statement.”
“Did you issue the statement?” She allegedly answered. “I had no idea they put it out.”
“It is what it is,” she explained to reporters. “I believe the time has arrived.”