Responding to a report from last week, Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said she would be “flattered” if First Lady Michelle Obama decides to run for her seat when her term is up in 2018, but admitted she has “no idea” what she’ll be doing at that time. It has been suggested that Feinstein, 81, won’t seek re-election at the end of her term.
Feinstein responded to Candy Crowley’s question on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday about a report published in Orb Magazine Thursday suggesting that First Lady Michelle Obama would move to California with her husband after his final term as president and pursue Feinstein’s seat in the U.S. Senate.
Crowley: I cannot let you go, Senator, without asking about an article I read that posited that Michelle Obama would like to run for the Senate in California, and that she has her eye on your seat in 2018 because the feeling is that you may retire at that point. And so I thought I’d get your reaction to that story.
Feinstein: Oh, did you? Well, I have no idea what I’m going to be doing in 2018. That’s four years from now, and that’s one of the nice things of a six-year term. I’ve served two years of my term and you know, I’ll make a decision in due time. I’m flattered, if that should be true. Somehow I do not believe it is true, but I would be flattered if it were.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported last month that, because of her age and the fact that Republicans have a good chance of reclaiming the majority in the upper chamber next week, Feinstein would not want to seek another term. Stanford University political scientist Bruce Cain was quoted as saying,
“It’s hard to believe at the end of your career you want to go back into opposition again, especially for someone like Dianne Feinstein, who has such a critical role in security matters and has been at center of debates about national security and surveillance.”
Orb Magazine outlines why California is the best place for the Obamas, as supposed to New York, Illinois, or Hawaii.
“Hawaii is too remote. Illinois is a cesspool of political corruption which they prefer to avoid, and New York, which they love, is too dense with Clintons and Clinton acolytes. They have many friends in Los Angeles, dating back to Barack’s student days at Occidental College, when he first left Hawaii.
An insider tells the publication why Los Angeles is specifically the leading contender for the Obamas.
“Barack could golf year-round and Michelle could emerge from his shadow after 20 years and retake control of her own life… Remember, Michelle is a Harvard educated lawyer whose career was more robust than Barack’s when they met.”
h/t Truth Revolt
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