Pelosi Defends Feinstein Amid Calls for Resignation Over Health
Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi has expressed her concerns over calls for Senator Dianne Feinstein to step down from her position due to her prolonged absence in the Senate. Two House Democrats, Representatives Ro Khanna and Dean Phillips, have publicly urged Feinstein, who has been absent since February, to resign before her term ends in 2025, citing her health issues as the reason. However, Pelosi defended Feinstein, stating that she has never seen a man face similar calls in the Senate. She also questioned the political motives behind these calls.
Feinstein Responds to Calls for Resignation
In response to the calls for her resignation, Feinstein announced that the Senate should appoint a temporary replacement for her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee. This would allow the Senate to advance partisan nominees through committees to receive a full vote on the Senate floor. Feinstein has been absent from the Senate since she was diagnosed with shingles in February. Her absence from the Judiciary Committee has caused some concern among Democrats, but Pelosi argues that Feinstein should be allowed to recover and return to duty.
California Democrats Eyeing Feinstein’s Seat
With Feinstein announcing that she will not run for reelection in 2024, several prominent California Democrats have announced their candidacies. Representatives Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee have all declared their intentions to run, while Khanna has endorsed Lee for the seat. Pelosi has thrown her support behind Schiff, urging respect for Feinstein as she recovers from her health issues.
‘I’ve Never Seen Them Go After A Man’
Representative Norma Torres also weighed in on the controversy, tweeting her wishes for Feinstein to recover and stating that there is a double standard for men and women in politics. She argues that men are often promoted when they age or get sick, while women are pushed aside.
Dear @SenFeinstein please get well soon.
— Rep. Norma Torres (@NormaJTorres) April 13, 2023
Pelosi has echoed these sentiments, calling for respect for Feinstein and acknowledging her contributions to California and the country, telling reporters Wednesday:
“It’s interesting to me. I don’t know what political agendas are at work that are going after Sen. Feinstein in that way. I’ve never seen them go after a man who was sick in the Senate in that way.”
Lawmakers On Feinstein’s Possible Resignation Amid Health Concerns
Two House Democrats, Representatives Ro Khanna, and Dean Phillips, have called for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s resignation due to her prolonged absence from the Senate because of health issues. Khanna was the first to publicly urge the 89-year-old senator to step down before her term ends in 2025. Phillips later echoed his call, stating that it is now a dereliction of duty for her to remain in the Senate and for those who agree to remain quiet.
While some Democrats have expressed concern about her absence, others, including Pelosi and Norma Torres, have defended her and expressed their wishes for her to recover and return to duty.