published : 2023-09-30

Newsom Faces Tough Decision in Filling Feinstein's Senate Seat

Polls Show Pressure for a Full-Term Appointment

A photo of Gov. Gavin Newsom announcing his decision on filling Sen. Feinstein's seat, taken with a Nikon D850.

The Golden State's governor, Gavin Newsom, is facing a crucial choice in appointing a successor to fill the vacant seat of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

With the 2024 election looming, the decision carries significant implications for California, a stronghold of Democratic policies.

Newsom, under pressure to act swiftly as a government shutdown looms, previously pledged to appoint a Black woman.

However, he received criticism after appointing Alex Padilla to replace Kamala Harris, leaving no Black women in the Senate.

An image capturing the NAACP representatives delivering their letter to Gov. Newsom, demanding he fulfill his promise of appointing a Black woman to the Senate seat, taken with a Canon EOS R.

The NAACP has reminded Newsom of his promise in a letter signed by its president and a representative of the California-Hawaii conference.

Three high-profile Democrats, Katie Porter, Barbara Lee, and Adam Schiff, have expressed interest in the seat, but it remains to be seen if Newsom will change course on his previous stance of not considering them.

One potential replacement is Shirley Weber, a Black woman and the current California Secretary of State.

Newsom paid tribute to Feinstein but did not mention any potential successors in his statement.

A picture of Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the candidates vying for the Senate seat, expressing her disappointment with Newsom's initial stance, taken with a Sony A7 III.

Polls indicate that Schiff is the leading candidate in the primary, followed by Porter and Lee.

A majority of California voters want Newsom to appoint someone for a full term rather than an interim appointment.

The upcoming primary will determine the top two candidates for the General Election.