Today on State of Affairs, Take Two's weekly look at political news in the Golden State: Senator Dianne Feinstein announces she'll run for re-election in 2018. At 84, Feinstein is oldest senator.
This could change things for up-and-coming Democrats in California. Politico's Carla Marinucci says State Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de Leon is reportedly mulling a run.
"He's one of a whole roster of these young and ambitious legislators in the state for whom there are few moves on the chessboard," Marinucci says.
There are a lot of senior legislators blocking their way up the ladder and so they are buoyed by polls that a lot of people think Feinstein is vulnerable to a challenge on the left. There's a couple polls showing Californians are kind of lukewarm on her, and let's remember: de Leon is not the only one who may take her on. I think it's very likely, or at least getting more likely, that billionaire activist Tom Steyer may jump into this one, because why? He's got the money, and for years he's been saying he's ready to make some kind of move into politics, and he may be a greater threat to Feinstein because, unlike Kevin de Leon who has to raise millions of dollars to go up against her, Steyer could just reach into his wallet and drop $50 million on this race without blinking, and he's got nothing to lose when it comes to his standing in his party, so the fact is, she could face two challengers."