Tom Steyer likes throwing money at political causes. What’s $100 million to help himself get elected to the U.S. Senate?
Eighty-four-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) just announced she’s running for another six-year term in 2018, but a number of potential challengers – and one billionaire in particular – could prove obstacles to her re-election effort.
Feinstein announced on Twitter on Monday that she’s “all in” for another term in the U.S. Senate.
I am running for reelection to the Senate. Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare. I’m all in!
— Dianne Feinstein (@DianneFeinstein) October 9, 2017
A successful re-election would take Feinstein to age 91 by the end of her next term, in January 2025. Feinstein is currently the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, beating out Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) by a few months.
But one man, a billionaire investor-turned-environmentalist, may pose big problems for Feinstein – in a Democratic primary next year, that is.
Steyer’s criticism of Feinstein came in a letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a day after the 84-year-old incumbent had announced her bid for a fifth full term in 2018.
Steyer urged candidates to support impeachment, writing “this is not a time for ‘patience.’” “Donald Trump is not fit for office,” he continued. “It is clear for all to see that there is zero reason to believe ‘he can be a good president.’”
At an August event in San Francisco, Feinstein had urged “patience” with Trump and suggested that there was still time for the Republican to “be a good president.”
In September 2017, Steyer didn’t rule out a run against Feinstein.
Recently, Steyer was in the news for claiming any candidate he supports in 2018 – with his millions and millions of dollars in political spending – must support impeaching President Trump when Democrats take back control of Congress.
Steyer, a progressive, could present problems for Feinstein, who has tried to strike a moderate approach in the age of Donald Trump.
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