California Governor Gavin Newsom will reportedly appoint Laphonza Butler, the president of far-left EMILY’s List, to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in the U.S. Senate after Feinstein passed away last week.
Politico broke the news on Sunday evening, which comes after Feinstein died Thursday night at 90 years old, noting that the appointment comes “without putting limitations or preconditions on his pick running for the seat in 2024.” This means that Butler can join the existing field of contenders for the party’s nominee in 2024.
The current contenders for the 2024 include Democrat Reps. Katie Porter, Adam Schiff and Barbara Lee.
Various reports published on Sunday, before Newsom’s selection was revealed, indicated that Feinstein’s replacement was expected to be sworn in this week.
“This means that California will not only get a Black woman Senator but also its first openly lesbian Senator,” noted journalist Yashar Ali. “Laphonza will be the second lesbian to serve in the Senate.”
Journalists online noted that Butler listed her state of residence on her X account as Maryland.
Interesting that Newsom’s reported choice for Senator from California lists her state of residence as Maryland in her X bio. pic.twitter.com/gFxU95HCjF
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) October 2, 2023
EMILY’s List is a political action committee that helps elect pro-abortion activists to political offices across the country.
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