UPDATE: JANUARY 13, 2021 – A Feinstein spokesman today played down the significance of the FEC filings, noting that, as previously reported, the 2024 campaign committee was already established prior to the most recent documents.
“To be clear, Senator Feinstein has had a campaign committee since she took office, as all senators must. In order to keep this account active, the senator has to maintain filings with the FEC. Yesterday’s filings merely reflected an updated address,” a representative for Feinstein tells Los Angeles.
The spokesman did not comment on speculation about the likelihood of the senator actively seeing reelection.
“I have no announcement on the senator’s future plans at this time,” he says.
JANUARY 12, 2021 – Dianne Feinstein appears to be laying groundwork to run for another term in the United States Senate, according to documents filed with the FEC.
The Statement of Candidacy form also designates Feinstein for Senate 2024 as her principal campaign committee for the upcoming race. That committee was formed in May 2019.
Feinstein took a step back from her high-profile leadership role on the Senate Judiciary Committee amid rumblings, including from many within the Democratic party, that she may have begun struggling to keep up with some rigors of the job.
Already 87, Feinstein is the oldest sitting U.S. Senator, though several members are not far behind her. She’ll be 91 in 2024, and 97 at the end of that term, were she to win reelection.
It is not unprecedented for a politician to file these types of documents even if they do not intend to ultimately go through with a campaign. There are implications for moving funds from previous campaign war chests, or being able to fundraise now and then transfer the cash to other entities.
Feinstein has not yet confirmed if she will seek reelection or not, but has made clear that she disagrees with those who question her acuity.
“I don’t feel my cognitive abilities have diminished,” Feinstein told the Los Angeles Times last month. “Do I forget something sometimes? Quite possibly.”
She added, “We do get things done and we do pass bills. You do get older, that’s true. But I have been productive.”
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