Democrats are becoming more and more agitated by Dianne Feinstein’s absence from her senate seat, most notably on the judiciary committee where numerous judgeships are hanging in limbo. Every day there are calls for her immediate resignation.
It presents a problem for Governor Newsom, who vowed to fill the next opening with a black woman if such an opportunity were to occur.
Of course, the natural choice would be Representative Barbara Lee, thus far the only announced candidate who qualifies Newsom’s race and gender requirements.
But then the other candidates, including Adam Schiff and Katie Porter would be at a definite disadvantage, having to run against an incumbent in next year’s election.
Well then, why not appoint a “caretaker” to hold the seat until the voters (remember them?) have the final say, and who would have the gravitas to speak for the Golden State until that time?
How about former Governor Jerry Brown, who has already in recent interviews acknowledged his desire to serve one more time, but realizes the age factor limits his elective appeal? He’s physically and mentally able, and it would fulfill his unrealized ambition of being a senator. (He ran and lost to Pete Wilson in 1982.)
Why not? It would be great fun to watch him take one last role on the political stage, and it would be pure maverick California.