Feinstein Weighs Run for Calif. Governor

Sen. says 2010 campaign hinges on how Dems fare in Nov.
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 1:25 PM CDT
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says she may consider running for governor of California, a position now held by Arnold Schwarzenegger.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein is considering a run for governor of California in 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The chairwoman of the Rules Committee, who was forced to skip this week’s Democratic convention in Denver because of a broken ankle, said her decision will hinge on how congressional Democrats fare in this year’s election.

“What I really want to do is make a difference,” she said. “How can I best do that? Using the seniority I have in the Senate, or is it running for governor?” Feinstein, 75, faces competition from fellow Dems like San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. But her popularity could push others out of the race.