California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein states she will not resign

Some Senate Democrats are growing concerned about a long-time comrade who has served in Congress and the upper chamber for decades.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 88, of California, has stated that she would not resign following a report in the San Francisco Chronicle that raised new questions about her mental health.

“Instead, the lawmaker said, they had to reintroduce themselves to Feinstein many times throughout a several-hour conversation,” the report said.

“Rather of delving into policy, Feinstein, 88, asked the lawmaker what mattered to voters in their district, they claimed, with no apparent acknowledgment that the two had already had a similar conversation,” the Chronicle said.

Most lawmakers appear pleased to serve in Congress for the rest of their life rather than serving for a short time and then returning home, allowing others to serve for a change. Feinstein is, without a doubt, one of them.

However, her coworkers have become concerned in recent months that she is suffering from significant cognitive deterioration and is no longer suitable to serve.

In recent interviews with The Chronicle, four U.S. senators, including three Democrats, as well as three former Feinstein staffers and a California Democratic member of Congress said, ” her memory is fast fading.”

They said it appears she can no longer fulfill her job duties without her staff doing much of the work required to represent California’s nearly 40 million people, the Chronicle reported in a story headlined “Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions.”

Worse, Feinstein isn’t up for reelection until 2024, but she was reportedly preparing to run again – at least for the time being. According to L.A. Magazine, she filed the initial re-election paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in January 2021.

“There’s a joke on the Hill; we’ve got a great junior senator in Alex Padilla and an experienced staff in Feinstein’s office,” a California Democrat’s staffer observed.